Planning and Building
DEVELOPMENT SERVICES RESPONSE TO COVID-19
Note: processing procedures are being revised in response to the evolving situation. Keep informed of any changes by monitoring the Town’s website and Facebook account.
In response to recent developments regarding the spread of COVID-19, Town Hall is closed to the public. The Planning and Building departments will be working as usual with the following exceptions:
- Inquiries will be taken by email or phone only. Email is the preferred and most effective approach as we try to shift as many staff as possible to working remotely.
- Payments for building and planning applications will be received electronically using online banking or in person if required.
- Email, phone or video meetings will be used wherever possible in place of in-person meetings.
- Please see click the following DOCUMENT for instructions specific to application type.
The Planning Department is responsible for the Town’s Official Community Plan, Zoning Bylaws and the processing of land development applications including development permits, development variance permits and subdivisions.
|Municipal Planner:||Marvin Kamenz|
|Planner II:||Gail Andestad|
|Planner I:||Regina Bozerocka|
|Phone:||(250) 339-1118 or Fax: (250) 339-7110|
|Address:||Comox Town Hall, 1809 Beaufort Ave. Comox, B.C. V9M 1R9|
The Building Department oversees the issuing of building permits and assures compliance with the building codes, regulations and by-laws of both the Province and the Town of Comox.
|Address:||Lower Floor, Town Hall,1809 Beaufort Avenue, Comox, B.C V9M 1R9
Building Permit Applications with plans larger than 11” x 17” shall be dropped off at Town Hall drop box to the right of the front door, complete with all paperwork associated with that application.
Temporary Patio and Parklet Program - Extended to June 1, 2022
All Comox restaurants, pubs and cafes that wish to have temporary outdoor seating on an existing, on-site space are able to do so, or continue to do so, until June 1, 2022. Please review the Temporary Patio & Parklet Program Guide here to learn more and/or contact the Town of Comox Planning Department, (250) 339-1118, firstname.lastname@example.org.
North East Comox Stormwater Management Plan
In late 2020, the Town garnered feedback on the preferred option (Option 3) for the North East Comox Stormwater Management Plan from property owners, tenants and stakeholders. In early 2021 Council directed staff to prepare Northeast Comox Stormwater Management Plan implementation bylaws to enable future growth in that area based on environmental stormwater management best practices. The implementation bylaws went to Council in June 2021 and received first and second reading, initiating the Notice of Proposed Amendment to the Offical Community Plan (OCP) to commence. Adoption of the implementation bylaws is expected sometime before the end of summer in 2021.
A study to create a Stormwater Management Plan for the North East Comox Neighbourhood was completed. The North East Comox Neighbourhood Study Area is comprised of properties that drain into:
- Queens Ditch Catchment
- Lazo Marsh Conservation Area, or
- Downslope agricultural lands adjacent to the Queen's Ditch
The result of the study is a Stormwater Management Plan that provides a series of infrastructure servicing and development guidelines to mitigate potential negative effects in relation to existing Queen’s Ditch flood frequency and duration, downstream fish habitat, downslope agricultural activities, and Lazo Marsh. The North East Comox Stormwater Management Plan was developed in three phases:
- Phase 1 - Determination of pre-development site conditions, hydrology and hydrogeology.
- Phase 2 - Determine post-development unmitigated flow rates, volumes.
- Phase 3 - Develop design standards.
Northeast Comox Zoning - Staff Report 6520-20/01 - April 14, 2021
NE Comox Stormwater Management Plan Implementation - Post Public Consultation Staff Report PR 21-1 - January 20, 2021
North East Comox Stormwater Management Plan Open House Information Boards - November 2020
Downtown Vitalization Program
Comox Downtown Vitalization has been specified as one of the priorities in the Town’s Strategic Plan since 2012. Increasing residential density in the Downtown was identified as a key aspect of the Downtown Vitalization. A range of incentive tools were chosen to implement the Downtown Vitalization Program, and in June 2014 Council adopted several bylaws including Downtown Revitalization Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 1784. On June 2nd, 2021, Council resolved to stop the tax exemption component. Available incentives encourage mixed-use commercial and residential development to support and increase not only Downtown businesses but also the area’s social and environmental vitality.
The objectives of the Downtown Vitalization Program are to increase the Town’s economic, social, and environmental vitality by:
- retaining and supporting existing businesses;
- attracting new community investments in the form of multi-family residential development;
- concentrating residential development within established areas with full municipal services; and,
- encouraging high-quality residential development, suitable for citizens “aging in place”.
The Downtown Vitalization Program does not rezone land and does not amend Official Community Plan Bylaw 1685. A Development Permit is required for any new development in the Downtown Vitalization Area. Community consultation, rezoning, or development variance permit may be required for developments over three storeys.
AVAILABLE INCENTIVES FOR DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS :
Official Community Plan, Section 184.108.40.206, Downtown Comox Policies, supports a maximum of four storeys in height except in the case of sites with significant changes in grade. In addition, a higher height may be considered for the following, if satisfactory amenities are provided: redevelopment of the mall site, the north-west corner of Comox Avenue and Port Augusta Street (former Lorne Hotel), and the south-west corner of Comox Avenue and Church Street (Comox Legion).
FINANCIAL COSTS OF THE DOWNTOWN VITALIZATION PROGRAM:
The following aspects of the Downtown Vitalization Program are designed to reduce the financial exposure of the Town:
- $80,000 budget for combined Building Permit and Development application fee reduction;
- “Limited time offer” and “first come-first served” approach; and,
- Clearly meeting or exceeding all applicable Zoning and Development Permit Area regulations reduces application processing costs and time.
The Downtown Vitalization Program area is shown shaded on the map below:
Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw
The Town of Comox is undertaking a comprehensive review and update of the Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw. The purpose of the update is to provide greater clarity and certainty for the development community, staff and end-users. The changes will consolidate and streamline the existing bylaws while providing the Town of Comox clarity in administering the development review process. The updated bylaw will make it easier for residents and developers to understand the Town’s development policies and will support the Town’s commitment to building more sustainable infrastructure.
The Town has retained Arlington Group Planners and Civil Engineering firm, R. F. Binnie & Associates, to handle the re-write of the bylaw with a working oversight by the Town of Comox’s planning, engineering and parks staff. The re-write of the bylaw will update specification drawings, revamp the bylaw content and layout so it is easier to navigate and administer. The team will also be revising the application forms to provide consistency, a digital format, and make it easier to fill out and email from a personal computer. During the process, the Town will be consulting with stakeholders and holding an Open House for residents and businesses to review and provide comment on the proposed changes. Open House date to be announced in the fall.
Visitable Housing Knowledge, Practices and Policies
People with mobility disabilities often face significant barriers in being able to visit friends and neighbours whose homes have barriers to mobility. This study presents background information on a movement to raise awareness and encourage the construction of dwellings that can be visited by those with mobility challenges. This paper is provided as an information service for residents who may be wondering how they could make their homes more visitable. To read this study please click on Visitable Housing.
Contaminated Sites Guide
Contaminated Sites Guide
Housing Needs Assessment
Data Report and Form
Final Draft Step Code
BC Energy Step Code
Public Building Department Documents
Public Documents provided by the Building Department
Traffic Impact Assessment for RZ 19-7 695 Aspen Road
Water Sustainability in BC
Reconnecting Hydrology and Ecology
Kingsman and Marquis Skyline II/III Gas Fireplaces recalled due to fire hazard
Fences for Single Family Homes
Information on building a fence on your property within the Town of Comox
Prior Building Permit Summaries
Public Planning Documents
Public documents provided by Planning Department
Development in the Town of Comox
Monthly Building Permit Summaries
Monthly Building Permit Summaries
Public Hearing Notices
A list of public rezoning hearings
Development Cost Charges
Information about Development Cost Charges for the Town of Comox
Landslide and Flooding Hazards
Information about Landslide and Flooding Hazards
Information about Secondary Suites in the Town of Comox
Official Community Planning Process
Background on the Official Community Planning Process
Application Procedures and Forms
Information about Development Procedures within the Town of Comox
Affordable Housing Calculator
Affordable Housing Calculator
Parking Calculation Tool for Vehicles and Bicycles
Information about parking calculations for a development application