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Keremeos adopts provincial zoning changes

The village now has a single consolidated small-residential zoning
The Village of Keremeos offices. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Following a public hearing earlier in the month, Keremeos council has voted to adopt changes to bring it in line with recent provincial legislation.

Village council voted on May 21 to adopt the amendments to the Official Community Plan and Zoning bylaws.

The updates to the Official Community Plan (OCP) and zoning bylaws consolidate the village’s existing RS1, RS2, RS3 and RD1 zoning into a new RS1 zoning.

The village, like all other municipalities, is making the changes at the direction of the provincial government’s small-scale multi-unit housing instructions.

Most of the new RD1 zone limits will be similar to the village’s previous RD1 zoning, which means that at a minimum lots will allow for a duplex to be placed on them with two dwelling units. The maximum parcel coverage for buildings is proposed to be 45 per cent, which is lower than the previous 50 per cent of the RS1 and RD1 zoning.

The new zoning also proposes increased height limits, raising by one metre to 11.0 metres for the principal dwelling on the property and by three metres to a max of eight metres for an accessory dwelling.

The height limit will allow a maximum of three storeys, and is a part of the direction from the provincial government.

The village is also proposing to reduce the requirement for on-site parking from two per dwelling unit down to one per unit.

The hearing will be held in the village’s council chambers in the municipal hall on Monday, May 6, starting at 6 p.m.

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Brennan Phillips

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Brennan was raised in the Okanagan and is thankful every day that he gets to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Canada.
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