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RFD- 3237 Bylaws   Item #   9. b.    
Regular Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting Date: 02/26/2018  
Title:    C-1025-17 - Second and Third Reading - 2017 Land Use Bylaw Annual Review Amendments - Levasseur
Department: Planning & Infrastructure  
Strategic Vision Element: This topic relates to all three of the City’s strategic vision elements contained in Council’s Strategic Plan Related Goal:

Request for Decision Summary
The purpose of this Request for Decision is to seek Council's consideration of second and third readings for Bylaw C-1025-17, the 2017 Land Use Bylaw Annual Review Amendments.  This Bylaw is the annual update of Land Use Bylaw C-824-12 which is undertaken to correct errors and omissions and to provide clarity to existing definitions and regulations.

Proposed Motion
That second reading be given to Bylaw C-1025-17 - 2017 Land Use Bylaw Annual Review Amendments, as amended.                                                                                                                                                                                     

That third reading be given to Bylaw C-1025-17 - 2017 Land Use Bylaw Annual Review Amendments.
Land Use Bylaw C-824-12 was adopted in late 2012 and implemented on January 1, 2013.  In order to provide a high quality regulatory document, the Planning and Development Department undertakes an annual review of the Bylaw.  This review does not propose to make major changes to the regulations; the purpose of this update is to fine tune definitions and regulations, provide enhanced clarity and fix inconsistencies.  

Information was gathered over the past year from Planning Staff and the development and building industries and is now considered for potential amendment to the Bylaw.  This is the fifth annual update to the Land Use Bylaw.

The attached chart entitled "Land Use Bylaw C-824-12 Annual Review, 2017 Proposed Amendments Tracking Chart" itemizes all of the proposed amendments as well as provides the rationale for each proposed change.  The nature of the proposed amendments is to provide clarity to existing definitions and regulations, to provide for consistent regulations, and to add potential development permit conditions.  

The Spruce Grove Chapter of the Urban Development Institute (UDI) provided written comments (Attachment #3) respecting the proposed Bylaw.  Only one of the comments reflected the proposed Land Use Bylaw amendments and is related to the minimum site area for the one parcel out of a quarter section within the UR - Urban Reserve District.  The existing regulation allows for the parcel size to be 4.0 ha, or the minimum area required to accommodate existing development.  It is unclear if the parcel may be more or less than 4.0 ha so in an attempt to provide clarity, administration proposed an amendment so that the parcel be no less than 4.0 ha but could be slightly larger than 4.0 ha if required to accommodate existing development.  UDI, in response to a subdivision application for a first parcel out less than 4.0 ha that has been submitted, has requested that the regulation remain the same.  Administration recommends that this proposed amendment be deleted from the amending Bylaw.  Administration will review this section further and bring forward any resulting amendments with next year's amendment package.

UDI also requested additional changes to the Bylaw including modifications to the conditions that would allow for the consideration of two accesses to a parcel and reductions of lot widths for single and semi-detached dwellings in the R1 District.  This Land Use Bylaw amendment is meant to address errors and omissions and to provide for improved clarity.  These changes are considered significant and should be considered under stand-alone bylaw amendments.   

UDI's final request was to add the development regulations for street oriented row housing into the R2 - Mixed Medium to High Density Residential District to be consistent with the R1 District.  This is not necessary since Section 116(3)(c) of the R2 District already requires that street oriented row housing be developed in accordance with the applicable regulation of the R1 District.  Adding the regulations would be an unnecessary redundancy.
The proposed amendments were collected through 2017 from Administration and the development industry and have been circulated to Planning for feedback and issue resolution.

The Spruce Grove Chapter of the Urban Development Institute was consulted and notified of the Public Hearing.  Notice of the public hearing will also be placed in the Spruce Grove Examiner and on the City's website.  The public hearing is scheduled to take place on February 26, 2018.
Upon third reading of the Bylaw, the amendments will be consolidated into Land Use Bylaw C-824-12 and posted on the City's website.
The amendments will enhance and clarify the definitions and regulations to allow the development community and staff to better utilize the City's Land Use Bylaw.  This, in turn, allows Administration to provide more efficient and effective customer service.   
Bylaw C-1025-17 Second Reading
Land Use Bylaw C-824-12 Annual Review 2017 Proposed Amendments Tracking Chart
UDI Letter 20180209

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