What is Zoning?
Zoning controls the permitted uses in each areas of a municipality or community. This tool allows the area to develop in an orderly manner. Accordingly zoning determines:
- Land use (ex: residential, commercial, industrial, etc…)
- Building setbacks
- Lot sizes
- Height, size and appearance of buildings
- Lot coverage and density
- Parking standards
- Signage standards and signs
What is the rezoning process?
- You can meet with the Planner to discuss your project and he will help you gather all the information required to submit your rezoning request.
- It is important to note that if your application is incomplete and if some information is missing the Municipal Council or the KRSC reserves the right to dismiss your rezoning application or to place it on hold. Your chances of success are greater if the application is complete and that all necessary elements are present.
- Secondly you must complete the zoning by-law amendment application form and attach it with a letter addressed to the Municipal Council or the Minister in the case of an unincorporated area.
- If the Municipal Council wishes to proceed with the rezoning, it will then ask the recommendation of the KRSC, the Commission will then prepare a written report and will make the necessary investigations on site and in the neighborhood where the rezoning will take place.
- When the report is complete, the rezoning application is then presented to the KRSC Advisory Planning Committee. The KRSC will then give its recommendation to the Municipal Council.
- Following the recommendation of the KRSC, the Municipal Council must then decide to proceed with the zoning by-law amendment or to end the process. It is important to note that the Municipal Council will make the final decision and that it may not reflect the recommendation of the KRSC.
- If the Council decides to approve the zoning by-law amendment; the adoption process, public presentations, public announcements and registration of the by-law with SNB may take approximately 3 to 4 months. In some cases, an amendment to the municipal plan in addition to a zoning by-law amendment may be necessary, if this is the case the process may take an additional 2 months. During your meeting with the Planner, you will be notified of this extra step, if it applies to your project.
- The rezoning process is a public process, transparency and access to information is therefore essential. Details of the project and the identity of the owner or the developers will be public knowledge and that information will be available during the process. Nearby residents may also decide to oppose a rezoning process and may submit their feedback to Council either in writing or during public meetings related to the rezoning under consideration.
- A period of about 3 to 6 months is usually required for the rezoning process, in some cases it may be longer. Therefore it is important to submit your application in the fall season preceding your construction, if you want to build in the following spring, (ex: submit your application in August or September for a construction project in April or May of the following year).
What is the fee for a rezoning process?
A fee of one thousand dollars (1000$) is payable to the municipality, arrangements must be made with the Municipal Council or the General Manager of the municipality.
- You may review the zoning maps in person at our Bouctouche or Richibucto offices.
- You may review the zoning maps on our website at www.krsc.ca
- You may request a zoning confirmation.
In order to receive a zoning confirmation letter, you must request it in writing with a signed letter addressed to Serge Boucher, Planner at the KRSC with the following information; your name or the name of the owner or the business, the property identification number (PID), the complete mailing address, your daytime phone number and your email. You can also fill out the Zoning Confirmation – Application Form and return it to us. Fees of one hundred dollars (100$) may apply in certain regions of the KRSC. You can reach us to confirm if an applicable fee applies. These fees must be paid prior to the release of the zoning confirmation letter. Methods of payment are cash or by check. Checks must be made to the Kent Regional Service Commission.
Jean Y. Goguen, MCIP, RPP; Director / Planner
(506) 743-1490, email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Serge Boucher, MCIP, RPP; Planner
(506) 523-1820, email : email@example.com
Zoning Confirmation Application Form: Zoning Confirmation
Zoning By-Law Amendment Form: Zoning By-Law amendment