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Sidney Council Approves Second Phase of Density Review

Sidney, B.C.;  At the March 7th Committee of the Whole meeting, Mayor and Council received the final report and a presentation from consultant Barefoot Planning regarding the Downtown and Multi-Family Density Review, which Sidney undertook late last year. As a result, the Committee recommended to Council to move forward with the second phase of the study, which will include public engagement and consultation on the proposed changes to bylaw requirements.

“This will provide Council with updated decision making tools in regards to new development by bringing our density regulations in line with our community’s overall vision and goals.” stated Mayor Steve Price. “It also establishes some significant groundwork for our planned OCP review in 2018”.

The key recommendations resulting from the Density Study to be undertaken in phase two include:

  • Changes to density regulations that would replace the current Units Per Hectare (UPH) requirements with Floor Area Ratio (FAR) requirements;
  • Provisions that require family-size units in new developments;
  • Consideration of additional zoning regulation to control massing;
  • An evaluation of parking requirements and a review of the Off-Street Parking and Loading Bylaw;
  • Review of density bonusing and amenity contributions.  

The second phase of the study will begin immediately and the implementation of any resulting changes to the Zoning Bylaw and OCP would follow the consultant’s second report. This process is expected to take several months. Community engagement and consultation will occur throughout the process beginning with the establishment of a dedicated webpage on the Town of Sidney’s website where the Staff Report to Council and Barefoot Planning’s Final Report on the Density Review can be found. If you have any questions or require further information, you are welcome to contact the Development Services Department of the Town Hall.

Media Contact: Mayor Steve Price
Ph: 250-656-1139 | E: mayor@sidney.ca