Zoning Information

Zoning is the most common way to implement a land use plan. There are almost 40 different land use zones in Kitimat. Each zone allows a different mix of land uses or a specific form of development. Zoning does not eliminate flexibility; it defines current possibilities based on community needs and desires.

Before you buy property it is a good idea to confirm zoning of that lot and the surrounding area. You might find you are looking at land next to a desirable or undesirable land use (e.g. future park, business centre or school).

The process to amend zoning requires community consultation. If you have received a letter inviting comment on a pending bylaw to amend zoning please remember that Council welcomes public comment on development applications.

Land within the District of Kitimat is divided into four types of zones: Residential (R); Commercial (C); Industrial (M) and Greenbelt (G). There many different zones within each zone type. Residential zoning is the most refined in terms of permitted uses and building form possibilities within each zone.

Zoning is community-specific. In Kitimat, R1-A is one-family detached. Outside Kitimat R1-A might be a specific commercial activity or a rural acreage.

To find out what land uses and structures are permitted on a specific property you will need to look at the current zoning map. (PDF format maps are updated periodically.) To find out more, determine what zone or zones are in effect at your site of interest, make a note of the zone name(s), and consult the Kitimat Municipal Code. Refer to the section below for Part and Division numbers.

Regulations for individual zones are available in the Kitimat Municipal Code. Please review general regulations for the appropriate zone type (Subdivision 1 of Divisions 4-7) as well as regulations for the specific zone or zones which apply.

Read the list of Permitted Uses to learn what types of land use can occur in each zone. Uses within each zone should be compatible. It would be rare, for example, to find a North American community which would allow a hospital in the same zone as a railway switching yard. That switching yard—a very noisy place—would be more compatible with industrial activity.

Please see our definitions which will help you understand land use regulations.

Conditions of Use establish ground rules for development which reflect community standards. Minimum setbacks, for example, enhance safety and appearance, and can help maintain property values. Height maximums ensure more equitable access to direct sun.

Pre-zoning identifies sites for future commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-family development. These uses are important for community sustainability; but, such sites are often difficult to create in an established residential neighbourhood or commercial area.

If you cannot find answers to your questions on this site, please contact Community Planning & Development at 250-632-8910.