Each property in Pitt Meadows has a zoning classification that regulates density and land use.
To find out your current zoning and/or future land use designation, refer to Pitt Meadows Map Viewer.
What is rezoning?
The City's Zoning Bylaw is a key document that implements the City of Pitt Meadows Official Community Plan (OCP) by regulating land use and density. Every property in Pitt Meadows has a legal zoning classification specifying the types of uses or activities that can take place on that property, restrictions on the floor area and height of buildings, minimum distances separating buildings and property lines, the amount of off-street parking required, as well as other requirements.
When is rezoning required?
"Rezoning" is the process to change from one zoning designation to another. A rezoning application is required when a development proposal seeks to change a zoning designation, land use, or density of a site. This can include items such as rezoning from a single family dwelling lot to a duplex lot; or changing commercial zones to allow different uses. Take a look through our Zoning Bylaw to see what uses are allowed in each zone.
When is an Official Community Plan (OCP) Amendment required?
An OCP Amendment is required to change the long term future and use designation for a subject property. If the zone that is proposed is not supported by the current Future Land Use, and OCP Amendment is required to change the Future Land Use. OCP amendment applications must always be accompanied by a rezoning application. Staff will formally review the application in terms of items such as nearby Future Land Uses, access, location in the city, and size of the subject property. A recommendation will be made based on the staff review and presented to Council for consideration.
Overview of the Rezoning Process
A pre-application meeting with one of our staff can be helpful if you already have a good concept of your desired outcome and design. Having sketches and zoning analysis complete prior to the meeting will ensure you get the best feedback possible. Feel free to contact us at 604-465-2428 to set up a pre-application meeting.
Working collaboratively to benefit the community is our goal. To ensure your application is successful, we are committed to working with you and your team of professionals prior to submitting an application.
To apply please complete a Development Permit Application. Applications can be submitted with payment at City Hall.
Prior to the submission of the application for rezoning, you should contact Development Services to identify:
- the current zoning designation of your property;
- the current Official Community Plan (OCP) designation of your property;
- the general bylaw requirements of the land use which is being applied for;
- the type of information that will be required in support of an application;
- other municipal departments and government agencies that may also need to be consulted; and
- the compatibility of the proposal with surrounding land uses.
Development Servcies staff is available to meet with prospective applicants and their consultants to discuss the proposal and provide advice on submission requirements and proceedures. The applicant should be aware of the following City plans, policies and regulations:
Please ensure that all submission requirements are met prior to submitting your application. Incomplete applications will cause project delays.
The applicant is responsible for submitting the application for rezoning to Development Services. Your rezoning application must include the following:
- a completed application form;
- a rezoning application fee payable to the City of Pitt Meadows;
- a Letter of Authorization signed by the property owner(s) if the applicant is applying on behalf of the owner(s) (staff will only deal with the applicant);
- Certificate(s) of Title within five days of applicaiton;
- Written description of the existing and proposed uses of the property; the compliance of the proposal and applicable OCP policies, design guidelines; and zoning regulations; the reasons for the request; and the benefits to the community;
- Completion of the Development data summary form provided by the City;
- One full size set of plans drawn to scale, four coies in 11 x 17 and PDF files of the drawings with the following:
- location of existing and proposed buildings and setbacks;
- location and dimensions of all municipal easements, right-of-ways and registered covenants;
- floor plan and elevations of proposed buildings with Floor Area Ratio (FAR)
- location and layout of parking and loading areas.
- Site Profile regarding possible soil contamination on the property from certain types of industrial and commercial uses and activities;
- Sustainability Checklist to demonstrate sustainable development initiatives;
- Additional information such as traffic and service impact studies, geotechnical reports and Good Neighbour Agreements may also be required depending on the site and proposal.
Upon receipt of the application, Development Services staff begins the formal review process.
All applications are sent out for a comprehensive review process to both internal and external agencies. This may include Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure , Water Providers and others. Once all comments have been received, City staff will review the requirements with you.
Based upon the staff's review and the comments from various other departments and agencies, a report is sent to Council recommending whether or not a rezoning bylaw should be prepared, and outlining the conditions or prerequisites that must be met by the applicant.
The application may also be referred to the Advisory Design Panel. Council reviews staff report. At this time Council may:
authorize the preparation of the rezoning bylaw and recommend first and second readings
require that changes be made to the proposal
request that additional information be provided
recommend rejection of the application
recommend tabling of the application
Following this step, the applicant is then informed of Council's decision.
Bylaw Readings and Public Hearing
Where Council accepts the application, they will give first and second reading to the rezoning bylaw and the proposal is referred to Public Hearing.
The applicant must arrange for the erection of a Development Proposal sign on the subject site and must attend to any conditions which require compliance prior to the Public Hearing.
Next, the bylaw is advertised by the City of Pitt Meadows and is then presented at a scheduled Public Hearing. Anyone who has an interest in the proposed rezoning is given the opportunity to comment on the proposal at the Public Hearing.
Following the Public Hearing, Council may:
- give a Third Reading
- request that changes be made to the proposal
- request that additional information be provided
- reject the application
The following Policies, Bylaws and Guidelines are supplemental information when considering zoning and rezoning within the City of Pitt Meadows.