What are the types of Land Use Bylaws?

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Conventional/ Euclidean Based

This approach regulates the type of land use activities that can take place on a particular parcel where residential, commercial, industrial and institutional uses are typically separated from each other. This is the most common type of zoning and is how our current Land Use Bylaw is formed. This approach is all about the “separation” of activities.


Form Based

This approach regulates the massing, shape and architectural design of structures in a municipality and typically has minimal regulations relating to the specific uses within the structures. This approach is all about the “look and feel” of developments.


Performance/ Impacts Based

This approach regulates the level of activity and intensity using a set of prescribed metrics. For example, a development permit will be approved based on its effect on adjoining lands or the natural environment, instead of the type of use. This approach is all about determining how much of an “impact” a development will have on others.

Conventional/ Euclidean Based

This approach regulates the type of land use activities that can take place on a particular parcel where residential, commercial, industrial and institutional uses are typically separated from each other. This is the most common type of zoning and is how our current Land Use Bylaw is formed. This approach is all about the “separation” of activities.


Form Based

This approach regulates the massing, shape and architectural design of structures in a municipality and typically has minimal regulations relating to the specific uses within the structures. This approach is all about the “look and feel” of developments.


Performance/ Impacts Based

This approach regulates the level of activity and intensity using a set of prescribed metrics. For example, a development permit will be approved based on its effect on adjoining lands or the natural environment, instead of the type of use. This approach is all about determining how much of an “impact” a development will have on others.