What are some benefits and challenges of a Land Use Bylaw?

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Benefits:

  • Provides certainty to the MD of what type of uses and development is expected to occur, and where, allowing the MD to appropriately plan and budget.
  • Provides certainty to landowners/developers on the types of uses and developments their neighbours can and can not have.
  • Provides protections for environmental features and wildlife, by way of regulations such as setbacks from streams, rivers, and lakes.
  • Reduces ad hoc development that can strain municipal resources, have a negative impact on the environment, and be unsightly for others.


Challenges:

  • Balancing the level of regulatory control - some citizens will want more controls in place, while others will not.
  • Determining the appropriate level of impact a development can have on the community. Impacts include noise, smell/odour, light pollution, traffic, vibration, untidy/ unkept premises, and visual appearance.
  • Making the Land Use Bylaw simple to interpret - a Land Use Bylaw is a legal document; therefore, text isn’t always the easiest to understand and/or enforce.

Benefits:

  • Provides certainty to the MD of what type of uses and development is expected to occur, and where, allowing the MD to appropriately plan and budget.
  • Provides certainty to landowners/developers on the types of uses and developments their neighbours can and can not have.
  • Provides protections for environmental features and wildlife, by way of regulations such as setbacks from streams, rivers, and lakes.
  • Reduces ad hoc development that can strain municipal resources, have a negative impact on the environment, and be unsightly for others.


Challenges:

  • Balancing the level of regulatory control - some citizens will want more controls in place, while others will not.
  • Determining the appropriate level of impact a development can have on the community. Impacts include noise, smell/odour, light pollution, traffic, vibration, untidy/ unkept premises, and visual appearance.
  • Making the Land Use Bylaw simple to interpret - a Land Use Bylaw is a legal document; therefore, text isn’t always the easiest to understand and/or enforce.