Public Notices

Density Benefits Official Community Plan Amendment

Update 26 February 2019

Kitimat Council is considering adding Density Benefits Policy to the Official Community Plan. A Public Hearing will take place 1 April 2019, at 7:30PM.  You are invited to participate and/or provide advance comment.

Original bylaw proposed was to complete both OCP and zoning amendments, to establish development certainty: specific density benefits when affordable or accessible dwelling units were provided.  Bylaw has been amended at Council’s direction to consider the OCP Amendment only and delete specific zoning changes. Housing Diversity Policy 4.3.3 is also amended to reflect current conditions. 

Recommendation 16 of the Kitimat Housing Action Plan states “the OCP should be amended to establish a general policy that inclusion of affordable and accessible rental housing may be a condition of residential rezoning”.  Current OCP policies encourage diversity, and monitoring the need for affordable, rental, and special needs housing.  Proposed OCP additions encourage developments to include accessible and affordable units, and ensure that units remain in the rental market. 

Density benefit policy would stand alone in the OCP, giving direction for inclusionary amenities and density bonuses to be negotiated during any residential development process.  New policies confirm a willingness to consider adding density with number of units to be determined at time of rezoning.  Negotiated commitments would be secured through s.219 covenant or s.483 Housing Agreement.  No property owner or developer would be guaranteed additional density in return for a pre-determined number of accessible or affordable housing units.

Need More Information?

Bylaw, Council Reports, public comment received, and background material are available for review at the District of Kitimat reception desk, 270 City Centre, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday from February 21, 2019, to April 2, 2019 inclusive but excluding statutory holidays. Most of this information is also available at www.kitimat.ca/pn. Further inquiries should be directed to Community Planning and Development at 250-632-8900.

How to Provide Comment

Anyone wishing to comment on this issue may provide written comment to Mayor and Council c/o 270 City Centre, V8C 2H7; fax 250-632-4995; or email to dok@kitimat.ca. 

  • Comment received before 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 27 March 2019, will be included in the report to Mayor and Council that will be circulated in advance of the Public Hearing 1 April, 2019.
  • Comment received by email after this deadline but before noon on Monday, 1 April 2019, will be read before Council at the Public Hearing.

You or your representative may make representations at the Public Hearing on 1 April 2019.

Public Hearing will be held on Monday, 1 April 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at Council Chambers, 606 Mountainview Square.

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