Updated C-1 Commercial Zoning

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Updated C-1 Commercial Zoning

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021


The C-1 Commercial Zone, which applies to most commercial properties in Kimberley outside of the Plaztl, was updated in 2017 to:

  • Support more uses and provide greater variety business opportunities;
  • Add or modify some definitions in order to provide greater clarity and reflect a more modern economy;
  • Explicitly protect existing single-family use to alleviate concerns with evolving insurance and mortgage practices; and,
  • Perform some general amendments for better consistency throughout the Bylaw, including the renaming of the C-1 Central Commercial Zone to C-1 Commercial Zone

New Uses

  • Craft Breweries and Distilleries
  • Multi-Family Dwellings
  • Trades and Contracting Services
  • Light Manufacturing and Produciton
  • Food and Beverage Production
  • Commercial Indoor Storage
  • Place of Worship
  • Commercial Parking Lots

All new uses are required to mitigate for noise, odours and must be completely contained within the principal building. 

Single-Family Dwelling Protection

Recent changes to financial and insurance regulations and practices have made existing single-family homes located in the C-1 zone difficult to sell or insure. A new clause in the C-1 zone allows not only for the continued use of single-family dwellings within in the zone, but the ability to maintain, upgrade and expand their use. This should elevate these properties values and make obtaining home-owner protection much more easier. 

The single-family use is only discontinued if the use changes to one of the other permitted uses or if destroyed beyond resonable recoverable amount. 

Basement exemption

Prior to this amendment, basements within zones under the Zoning Bylaw 1850 were included in the total gross floor area (GFA) which is used to determine a number of other calucations, including the floor space ratio (FSR). The new definition is now more consistant with the wording in the Alpine Resort Zoning Bylaw 2016 where basements - those areas more than 1.2m (4') below grade - are exempt from the GFA calculation. 

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