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Public hearing for proposed zoning bylaw

The hearing will be held on Nov. 2

The Town of Golden will host a public hearing for a proposed amendment to Zoning Bylaw 1294, 2011 on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m.

Since the amendment, titled Zoning Bylaw Amendment 1460-2021, was developed, it has it has come to light that the CD-1 zone requires the addition of specified and clarified regulations in order to align the zone better with the Official Community Plan (OCP).

The purpose for the new amendment is to provide clarity to regulations to Lot Area and Frontage, Floor Areas Ratios and Dimensions, Minimum Yard Setbacks and Maximum Building Heights within the zone.

The proposed amendment would see the removal of the stipulation that all subdivision and development regulations, such as minimum lot dimensions, site coverage, maximum building height, setbacks, parking, loading and landscaping, shall be as negotiated on a site-by-site basis.

It would also add a clause giving firm definitions to these items, and establish the subdivision and development regulations – such as lot area, maximum height, floor area ratios, setbacks and maximum building heights.

Flexibility will be given for setbacks as part of a comprehensively planned site being subdivided.

The proposed additional clauses would also define that dwelling units are restricted to second storey or higher. The first storey shall be used for commercial uses.

Entrances to dwelling units are to be separate and distinct from commercial entrances.

They shall be accessible at ground level and may provide access to more than one and may provide access to more than one dwelling unit.

A town briefing note says the regulations proposed in the amendment bylaw are built on the C4 Corridor zone and provide for a height similar to the OSO development on 7th Street N. or the recent Kaurhause development on 11th Avenue N.

This is an important clarification to the zone, according to town officials.

The amendment would impact seven parcels of land in the CD-1 zone.

The stated purpose of CD Zones is to enable a developer to introduce innovative development proposals provided that planning objective are given appropriate consideration, stipulates the town.

Public hearing in-person capacity is currently limited due to COVID-19, but a virtual meeting will be held as well via Zoom.

Written submissions can be forwarded to the Town of Golden by dropping it off at the Town Hall mail slot, by post (P.O. Box 350, Golden B.C. V0A 1H0), or by email to

Any submissions must be received by 12 p.m. (noon), Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021.

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