In an effort to implement FRESH, as well as resolve a gap in regulations, Sustainable Development is advancing a text amendment to the Zoning Bylaw that introduces several urban agriculture uses and associated regulations.
Since the last Circulation on March 19, Administration received several comments and has incorporated some changes into the proposed amendments. In particular, the proposed definition for urban agriculture has been separated into four different definitions, reflecting the different intensities that urban agriculture could operate at. Other changes to the proposed bylaw include adding changes to Section 3 to inform about the name changes for use classes and clarifying that the various natural area and open space zones are excluded with the intention of being prohibited, not permitted.
On June 30, 2015, Administration presented a draft version to Executive Committee for review (Item 6.8). Executive Committee supported of the proposed direction, but they desired specific feedback regarding the composting regulations. Executive Committee instructed Administration to return to Public Hearing on October 19, 2015 with a finalized bylaw. The draft bylaw and markup is attached for your review and comment. In order for your feedback to be incorporated into the report, please submit any questions or comments to me no later than August 24, 2015.
In particular, feedback is requested for improvements to the composting regulations and the specific zones that the three new use classes are intended to be applied to.