Housing Availability and Affordability Zoning Amendment

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Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2722 proposes multiple amendments to the Kimberley Zoning Bylaw 1850 intended to support the development of a greater supply and variety of housing toward improved housing availability and affordability throughout the community.

A Public Hearing for the proposed Bylaw 2722 will be held on Monday, September 12th, 2022 at 7:00 pm and will be available for viewing on the City of Kimberley’s YouTube channel. You may provide input to the proposed bylaw in one of the following ways:

  1. Submit your comments in writing using the comment tool below, or directly to City Hall (drop-off in

Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2722 proposes multiple amendments to the Kimberley Zoning Bylaw 1850 intended to support the development of a greater supply and variety of housing toward improved housing availability and affordability throughout the community.

A Public Hearing for the proposed Bylaw 2722 will be held on Monday, September 12th, 2022 at 7:00 pm and will be available for viewing on the City of Kimberley’s YouTube channel. You may provide input to the proposed bylaw in one of the following ways:

  1. Submit your comments in writing using the comment tool below, or directly to City Hall (drop-off in the mail slot, e-mail planning@kimberley.ca or fax 250-427-5252) by 2 pm on the day of the hearing, or
  2. Share your comments via telephone during the hearing by calling 1-800-741-7180. Please call by 6:50 pm to register into meeting number (access code) 2495 267 8857, then enter the “#” symbol when asked for attendee number. You will be able to hear the meeting but you will be on hold and muted until it is your turn to speak.

All submissions will form part of the public record. Council is not able to receive further information or submissions after the conclusion of the public hearing.

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendment 2722 and the Housing Availability and Affordability Report to Council. Feedback can be provided using the forms below, or by submitting comments to staff at planning@kimberley.ca

Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2722 builds on policy directions from Kimberley's Official Community Plan, the 2021 Kimberley Housing Needs Assessment and Council direction from the Building Height and Density Report.

The proposed amending bylaw received 1st reading by Council on June 27th, 2022 and 2nd reading by Council on August 22nd, 2022.

Overview of Proposed Zoning Bylaw 1850 Amendments

A brief overview of the proposed amendments is listed by zone and general/parking regulations below.

Changes to more technical aspects of the bylaw include amendments to allowable floor space ratios (FSR) and stepback requirements. For ease of reference these terms are explained below.

Floor space ratios are a measure of how much floor area can be built on a parcel as a ratio of the parcel area. The diagram below illustrates the application of floor space ratios according to different building designs.

Stepbacks are proposed to limit the height of buildings in the R-2, R-3, C-1, and CP-1 zones, depending on how close they are to a property line. By requiring that a building’s height is shorter near property lines and can increase further into a parcel, negative effects on the pedestrian environment and shadow effects due to building massing can be mitigated. The diagram below illustrates how stepbacks would be measured.


R-1 Zone Proposed Amendments:


Current

Proposed

Number of Units

Single Primary

Single and Duplex Primary & 1 Accessory

Parcel Area

557m2

400m2

275m2 for Subdivided Duplex

Height

Up to 9.1m

9m Single, 12m Duplex

Setbacks

6m Front

6m Rear

1.5m Interior Side

3m Exterior Side

2m Front

3.5m Rear

1.5m Sides

Site Coverage

0.4

0.4 SC – 1 Dwelling

0.5 SC - 2 Dwellings

0.6 SC - 3 Dwellings


R-2 Zone Proposed Amendments:


Current

Proposed

Number of Units

Single and Duplex Primary & 1 Accessory to Single

1-6 Unit Dwelling Primary & 2 Accessory

Up to 10 w/ Affordable Housing Agreement

Parcel Area

557m2

325m2 for Subdivided Duplex

275m2

150m2 for Subdivided Duplex & Townhomes

Height

Up to 9.1m

9m Single, 12m Duplex or Multiple

Setbacks

6m Front

6m Rear

1.5m Interior Side

3m Exterior Side

1.5m Front

3.5m Rear

1.5m Sides

Site Coverage

0.4

0.4 – 1 Dwelling

0.5 - 2 Dwellings

0.6 - 3 Dwellings

0.65 - 4+ Dwellings

0.75 - 4+ w/ Integrated Parking

Floor Space Ratio

NA

0.5 FSR – 1 Dwelling

0.6 FSR - 2 Dwellings

1.0 FSR - 3 Dwellings

2.0 FSR - 4+ Dwellings

2.0 FSR - 4+ w/ Integrated Parking

R-3 Zone Proposed Amendments:


Current

Proposed

Number of Units

Based on Parcel Area and Usable Site Area

Remove Dwelling Unit Maximums

Height

Up to 12m

Up to 12m

Up to 15m with Affordable Housing Agreement

Setbacks

7.6m Front

6m Rear

6m Sides

1.5m Front

2m Rear

1.5m Sides

Site Coverage

0.5

0.8

Floor Space Ratio

0.65

3.0

5.0 with Affordable Housing Agreement


C-1 Zone Proposed Amendments:


Current

Proposed

Height

Up to 12m

Up to 15m

Floor Space Ratio

Up to 3.0

Up to 3.0

Up to 5.0 with Affordable Housing Agreement


CP-1 Zone Proposed Amendments:


Current

Proposed

Height

Up to 10m

Up to 15m

Floor Space Ratio

NA

Up to 3.0

Up to 5.0 with Affordable Housing Agreement

General Regulations Proposed Amendments:


Current

Proposed

Landscaping

NA

20% of all parcels

40% of undeveloped space of Residential parcels

Vegetation and Permeable Surface requirements

Retaining Walls

NA

Reflects Alpine Zoning Area requirements

Amenity Space

NA

3m2 per dwelling for R-2 & R-3 multiple unit dwellings

Permitted in All Zones

NA

Parks & Public Utility (moved from zones)

Home Based Business (Classification 3)

Lighting

NA

Lighting orientation directed into lot

Intersection Visibility

1.5m x 1.5m from intersection & 1.2m in height

3m x 3m distance intersection, 1m in height & allowance for non-visibility obstructing structures

Fencing

1.2m front, 2.15m all other

2.15m all yards

Clarification Provided

General Modernization of Language

Density, Subdivision, Development Permit Language


Parking Regulations Proposed Amendments:


Current

Proposed

Required Parking Spaces

Based on unit type:

2 per Single & Duplex

1-2 per multiple

1 per Accessory

1 per B&B + 2 per principal

1 per dwelling unit

1 per B&B + 1 per principal

Parking Location

NA

6m from intersection

5m setback for enclosed parking abutting highway

Bicycle Parking

2 per unit in buildings with 3 or more units

2 per unit in buildings with 2 or more units

Strengthened bicycle parking area requirements language



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    Housing Availability Zoning Amendment

    by H. Gilmar, 17 days ago
    While I do support the need for an increase in housing availability I do not support some of the proposed changes to existing R1 R2 zoning. I feel making changes to current zoning after people have made informed financial decisions when choosing where to construct and purchase their homes is unfair. I live next to a newly completed development that started as a proposed 47 lot residential with a planned area of 2.3 acre for Senior housing, 1.4 acre Multi Family and an area for parkland. The development was completed with an increase in residential lots from 48 to 64... Continue reading
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    Housing Affordability = Increased Density = Inclusivity

    by Ryan, 17 days ago

    The Bulletin's headline on this issue is that Kimberley’s current housing supply is primarily single family homes. This is unbalanced. Diversifying Kimberley’s housing supply will create more inclusive, dense communities that will be more pleasant and productive to live in, and will also be a key part to reducing our carbon footprint. The Nature Park is bigger than Stanley or Central Park, and that and many other beautiful areas around us will be preserved for when people need some solitude and nature, so increased density will not affect that directly. Many business owners are struggling to find staff, due to... Continue reading

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    Disappointed

    by Lyn , 21 days ago
    There are many larger community based considerations regarding the proposed rezoning such as parking issues, city waste infrastucture and sustainable water sources, which need to be addressed before moving forward with rezoning development plans.

    And then there's the personal considerations... we live in a zone 1 area and that's one of the reasons we chose this neighborhood. Rezoning will negatively impact street congestion and could, for some properties, lessen the value.

    Please learn from other over developed small cities and towns and stand out as a leader of how to be sustainable and sensible towards how "big" Kimberley is able... Continue reading

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    Zoning in Alpine Crescent

    by Kristi, 21 days ago
    In consideration with the zoning proposals and changes coming up, I would appreciate a discussion to amend the zoning in Alpine Crescent as one side of the street is zoned for home based business and one is not. Taking into account rising costs of leasing and travel to Cranbrook, it would be extremely beneficial as a business owner to keep my business in Kimberley, while basically having zero impact in the neighbourhood. I‘m hoping that the fact that one side of the street is approved is merely an oversight.
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    Housing needs

    by Stevenroyer, 21 days ago
    I understand the need for more housing in Kimberley. As the population grows so does housing. High density housing is a concern. I would like to use a small example. A house with four cars. Where are they going to park? The result is angle parking. I understand that angle parking is not allowed in the summer or winter. The condo or apartment style complexes will probably have underground parking. The only concern is, how many floors are we going to allow? Duplexes style buildings were back to the same problem. Will there be enough parking for every one? To... Continue reading
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    Infill and mixed use to keep town walkable.

    by MelissaN, 2 months ago

    Little details matter, and it would be nice for walking, biking or using a mobility scooter to be a reasonable choice on most winter days for all ages if the city was quicker at plowing paths and sidewalks (which should be its responsibility and not property owners'). Ensuring that walking, biking and using mobility scooters are a reasonable choice all year helps a reduction in parking be accepted and reasonable and will be especially impactful for the young and old.

    If we must sprawl (we shouldn't), at least keep it in the Cranbrook direction to keep as much traffic out... Continue reading

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    Affordable housing within the existing city boundary and increased alternative transport connectivity within neighborhoods

    by ChrisB, 3 months ago

    The recent housing crunch has made it clear that increased housing is required. The charm of Kimberley is its compact neighbourhoods that are within reasonable distances that active transportation options are possible (particularly with the increased popularity of e-bikes). So to maintain these strengths, it will be important for Kimberley to add housing within the existing city boundaries (i.e. density) while providing more opportunities for people to enjoy mobility without increasing the number of cars and the associate land dedicated for car storage and transport. This means more density particularly in proximity to downtown and increased provision of safe and... Continue reading

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    Progressive iniciative towards affordable housing

    by Fer, 3 months ago
    Seeing that the city addresses housing issues from a social and sustainability perspective is compelling. When my husband and I moved to Kimberley, finding a rental was tough. The lack of options pushes people to accept whatever is on the market, even if it is not convenient. As I understand it, more density will allow the city to develop housing projects while keeping its beautiful green areas. These initiatives make me think that Kimberley is indeed the best small town (city) in BC. Thanks for the hard work!
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    Great work!

    by Kathleen, 3 months ago

    I am very happy to see the city addressing our housing problems by moving toward higher density housing! Having lived in cities of various sizes and densities, I am a big proponent of greater density, even in smaller towns. In my experience, it enables better use of space, more walkability, and a better quality of life in general. (Side note: I would also love to see some underground parking options in town to free up more space on the streets for pedestrians and cyclists.) Thanks for your hard work!!

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