Public hearing this week for FVRD Cultus Lake Park Zoning Bylaw. JENNA HAUCK/ PROGRESS

Public hearing coming for Cultus zoning bylaw

Planning and development regulations for Cultus Lake formalized under FVRD bylaw

Fraser Valley Regional District is considering a new zoning bylaw to establish land-use regulations for Cultus Lake Park.

The public hearing for the FVRD Cultus Lake Park Zoning Bylaw — or Bylaw 1375 for short — is set for Thursday, July 13, 7 p.m. at Cultus elementary.

One of the issues dominating discussions by lake residents so far is the fate of the so-called “infill lots” and whether they will eventually be sold for use as waterfront residential lots on the east side of the park. Residents have been pushing to have the infill lots protected as park land, or beach access.

An informal open house session will be held just before the public hearing to share information.

“The new zoning bylaw will bring a transparent process for decision-making in land-use processes,” said Graham Daneluz, FVRD deputy director for planning.

FVRD’s Cultus Lake Zoning Bylaw 1375 was drafted at the request of the Cultus Lake Park Board.

According to FVRD documents: “With the integration of Building Inspection Services to the FVRD as of January 1, 2016, all building permits issued by the FVRD must comply with the land use zoning. Given the inconsistencies of the FVRD Zoning Bylaw No. 66, 1976 with the Specified Area Bylaw for the residential areas of Cultus Lake Park, and the existing commercial leases, a new Zoning Bylaw for Cultus Lake Park is proposed.”

It formalizes planning and development regulations to bring the Cultus Lake “Specified Area Bylaw” into legislative compliance.