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B.C. Reg. 377/2007
O.C. 768/2007
Deposited November 23, 2007
This consolidation is current to April 16, 2024.

Local Government Act

Greater Vancouver Regional District
Regional Growth Strategy Exemption Regulation

Contents
1Definitions
2Exemption — regional growth strategy
3Land use designation amending bylaw
4Consequential amendments to regional policy statements
5Additional terms and conditions
Schedule A

Definitions

1   In this regulation:

"Act" means the Local Government Act;

"Green Zone map" means the map labelled "Green Zone" in the Livable Region Strategic Plan, a copy of which is attached as Schedule A;

"jurisdiction" means a municipality or an electoral area in the Greater Vancouver Regional District;

"Livable Region Strategic Plan" means the Livable Region Strategic Plan adopted by the board of the Greater Vancouver Regional District on January 26, 1996 and deemed to be a regional growth strategy February 26, 1996 by Ministerial Order 096/96.

Exemption — regional growth strategy

2   (1) Despite sections 853 to 862 of the Act, the Greater Vancouver Regional District may, by bylaw, amend the designation of an area of land identified in the Green Zone map as

(a) a Green Zone Area,

(b) Agricultural Lands in the Green Zone, or

(c) an Area under municipal consideration.

(2) The board of the Greater Vancouver Regional District may amend a designation under subsection (1) only if

(a) in the opinion of the board, the amendment is consistent with protecting Greater Vancouver's natural assets, including major parks, watersheds, ecologically important areas and farmlands, as set out in the Livable Region Strategic Plan, and

(b) the board meets the requirements under this regulation.

Land use designation amending bylaw

3   (1) The board may not give first reading to an amending bylaw under section 2 unless a jurisdiction submits to the board a request that an amendment be made under this regulation, with a description of the land for which the amendment is requested, as follows:

(a) if the proposed amendment affects land in a municipality, by resolution of the council of the municipality;

(b) if the proposed amendment affects land in an electoral area, by written request of the electoral area director for the electoral area;

(c) if the proposed amendment affects land in 2 or more jurisdictions, by resolution or written request from each jurisdiction, in accordance with paragraph (a) or (b), as the case may be, requesting those amendments that apply to land in that jurisdiction.

(2) Before third reading of an amending bylaw under subsection (1) the board must conduct a public hearing in accordance with the Regional Growth Strategy (Public Hearing) Regulation and any additional terms and conditions established by the minister under section 5, that provides an opportunity for individuals and organizations to make their views known regarding the proposed amending bylaw.

(3) An amending bylaw may be enacted under this section only if

(a) the description in the bylaw for the land subject to the amended designation is that described in the resolution or request submitted under subsection (1), and

(b) it is adopted by at least 2/3 of the votes cast.

Consequential amendments to regional policy statements

4   (1) If a proposed amendment creates a need for a consequential amendment to the regional context statement of a proposing municipality's official community plan, the municipality may set out the proposed consequential amendment in the resolution submitted to the board under section 3.

(2) Despite section 866 (4) to (7) of the Act, if the board adopts an amending bylaw based on a resolution that includes a consequential amendment to the regional context statement, that amendment is not required to be accepted under section 866 (1) of the Act.

Additional terms and conditions

5   The minister may establish

(a) terms and conditions respecting the procedure to be used for public hearings under section 3 (2), and

(b) any other terms and conditions the minister considers appropriate regarding the consideration or adoption of an amending bylaw under this regulation.

Schedule A

The map in Schedule A is not included in this publication. It can be seen on page 28 of the Livable Region Strategic Plan at:

http://www.metrovancouver.org/about/publications/Publications/LRSP.pdf

[Provisions relevant to the enactment of this regulation: Local Government Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 323, section 799]