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New bylaw looks to build housing zone in Courtenay

A new bylaw aims to create a multi-unit residential housing zone in Courtenay to encourage housing development.

The bylaw would amend older zoning, changing the definitions of accessory dwelling unit, duplex, secondary suite, and yard, among other terms.

The city says it comes after the province enacted the Housing Statutes Amendment Act, which requires local governments to permit four small-scale, multi-unit housing units on properties zoned for either single residential or duplex use.

If put into effect, the new housing zone would cover 16 existing properties throughout the city, with the 15 not suitable for zoning classified under another zone.

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The city adds council will consider the first three readings of the bylaw at the May 22 council meeting, starting at 4 pm.

To review the bylaw yourself, click here.

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