Updating and Clarifying the Land Use Code

The changes of the Land Use Code is intended to provide additional clarity regarding standards, with little effect on the actual regulations.

  1. Design

    Q1 2020

  2. Community Engagement

    Q2/3 2020

  3. Implement

    Q3/4 2020

Completion Date
Q4 2020
Current Phase
Community Engagement

Project Overview

Planning and Development Services staff are proposing updates and clarifications to the Land Use Code, that have been identified over the years through the development review process, as well as in discussions with applicants, the public and the design community. 

Land Use Code Sections Under Review

The project will consider updates to all chapters of Title 9, Land Use Code, B.R.C. 1981, including:

  • review processes;
  • use standards;
  • form and bulk standards;
  • intensity standards;
  • development standards; and
  • definitions.

Project Timeline*

  • 2017-2020 – Ongoing identification of Land Use Code standards needing updates;
  • Q1 2020 - Code clarification proposed revisions (staff review);
  • Q2/3 2020 – Public feedback on preliminary updates and Planning Board review; and
  • Q3/4 2020 – Recommendation to City Council for consideration, and potential adoption of code changes.

*The timeline is subject to change due to impacts from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Latest Update

  • Planning Board will review this proposed ordinance on Aug. 20 and City Council will be reviewing this proposed ordinance on Sept. 15.
  • Comments on the proposed changes may be sent to [email protected], or directly to the board and council at: 
  • Community engagement will consist of informing the public of proposed changes beginning in Quarter 3 of 2020. Stay tuned to this webpage for updates.

Project Improvements

The proposed updates consist of:

  • corrections: updates to correct inaccuracies in the code language;
  • language improvements: Improve or simplify the readability of code language;
  • clarifications: make code language clear and explicit;
  • graphic updates: update outdated graphics and improve consistency with the code text; and
  • intent alignment: correct code language that has resulted in unintended consequences.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some examples of potential changes?

Please review the Land Use Code Clarification Handout.

Each proposed change begins with the specific code section proposed for modification. Words to be removed are represented by strike through text (i.e., that required) and new wording is shown underlined (i.e., the amount specified). Following each proposed change is a “Reason for change” section that discusses the staff’s rationale for changing the code. Example:

Paragraph 9-2-14(l), “Minor Amendments to Approved Site Plans,” B.R.C. 1981, should be amended as follows:

(D) The total open space per dwelling unit in the development is not reduced by more than ten percent of that required the amount specified on the approved site plan and no less than the minimum required per for the underlying zone;

Reason for change: This change would clarify that open space, if reduced, cannot be reduced to less than what the underlying zone requires. The current code is not explicit regarding this.

How could this affect me or my property?

The intent of the project is for the clarification of the identified land use standards in order to make them easier to understand and implement for all stakeholders including city staff, applicants, and the public. Potential code changes are intended to provide additional clarity regarding the standards as discussed in the Land Use Code Clarification Handout, with little effect on the actual regulatory requirements.

What is the process and how can I provide feedback?

Public feedback will begin in the second quarter of 2020 where community members will be able to share their feedback at events and/or by responding online, as well as at public hearings. Community feedback will help inform recommendations made to City Council later in the year.