Provincial Housing Changes

Provincial Housing Changes

Provincial Housing

In 2023 the Province of BC enacted legislation to increase density and housing availability throughout municipalities in BC. The legislation is province-wide and the Town of Qualicum Beach is mandated to undertake a series of bylaw updates and policy reviews to meet the requirements.

The changes being implemented by the province are as follows:

  • Bill 35 - Short-Term Rental Accommodations Act (The Act)
  • Bill 35 is aimed at addressing the housing crisis and regulating short-term rental lisitings, with the goal to convert more units into long-term rentals. The legislation will impact short-term vacation rentals (STVRs) in Qualicum Beach as of May 1, 2024. The Town's zoning regulations do not permit STVRs in residential areas, except those designated as Bed and Breakfasts.

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  • Bill 44 - Housing Statutes (Residential Development) Amendment Act, 2023
  • These changes come into effect on June 30, 2024, and require significant updates to the Town’s current zoning bylaws. While the changes will allow for infill housing on single-family and duplex parcels, the Town is working with policy tools to retain the character of Qualicum Beach neighbourhoods while still achieving the province’s housing objectives. The updated bylaws will be brought to Council at the May 22 Regular Council meeting and will include changes to permitted density, maximum height, minimum setbacks, parking requirements, parcel coverage and other land use controls.

    The Province has established the following timelines for the Town to comply with:

    • Bill 44 comes into effect for all municipalities on May 1, 2024. The Town is required to update its Zoning Bylaw prior to June 30, 2024.

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