Changes to Coldstream’s zoning bylaws drew close to 30 people at a public hearing Monday night, with much of their concern centering on ALR versus non-ALR zoning.
Mayor Jim Garlick says the District wants to change RU-2 zoning which covered more-or-less all of the land that wasn’t smaller sub-division lots.
Some were in the ALR, some were not, some were used for farming while others were residential lots.
“The attempt was to take them and split them to identify them, to identify that they’re not in the ALR, and they are in the ALR, and their uses,” says Garlick.The bylaw changes would have removed some of the uses.
Garlick says much of that concerned housing.
“On ALR land, you can actually have a suite. You can’t have a duplex. But there’s a potential to have a duplex if the lot is outside the ALR. The previous zoning bylaw just said, you could have an additional dwelling, but that didn’t speak to what that was.”
That left a lot of confusion for people, so the hearing was recessed so staff could work on clarifying the rules and change the name to take ALR out of it.
Garlick says none of the other changes to the massive document drew any concern.