Residents invited to provide feedback on RDN land use and subdivision bylaw update

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The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) is inviting residents to provide input as part of an update to its land use and subdivision bylaw.

Bylaw 500 is a planning document that regulates the use of land, buildings and structures in five of the seven RDN electoral areas, according to a media release by the regional district.

The bylaw is challenging to administer and for property owners to understand, according to the RDN. Several sections are inconsistent, unclear and difficult to interpret.

Residents can provide feedback on draft bylaw improvement options through an online survey until April 7.

Bylaw 500 covers a wide range of rules that all property owners must follow when developing or using private lands, including land and building use, building heights, home-based businesses, secondary suites and more.

The bylaw, over 36 years old, is outdated in many areas, according to the RDN. When the update is completed later this year, it will better reflect the range of land uses and building types that are in demand today in the following five electoral areas:

-Electoral Area A (Cedar, Yellow Point, Cassidy, South Wellington)
-Electoral Area C (Extension, Nanaimo Lakes, Jingle Pot)
-Electoral Area E (Nanoose, Fairwinds, Red Gap)
-Electoral Area G (Englishman River, San Pareil, French Creek, Little Qualicum, Dashwood)
-Electoral Area H (Bowser, Horne Lake, Deep Bay, Qualicum Bay)

The RDN said it encourages residents to register and subscribe to the Bylaw 500 project page to receive updates and submit questions.

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