Land Use Contracts
The provincial legislation enabling Land Use Contracts (LUCs) was in effect for a short period of time between 1973 and 1979. Unless discharged, LUCs registered on title during such period remain in place today affecting the use and development rights of the affected properties.
In 2014, the Provincial government amended the Local Government Act to provide that all LUCs will expire on June 30, 2024 and to require municipalities to establish underlying zoning for LUC properties by June 30, 2022. Additionally, the new legislation also establishes a process that enables municipalities to undertake the optional early termination of LUCs prior to 2024.
Termination of LUCs Involving Single-Family Properties
On November 24, 2016, the termination of 93 LUC's that included single family, multi-family residential, health care and institutional properties became effective, and new zoning designations became effective in their place.
Remaining LUCs in Richmond
There are 46 remaining local LUCs that include multi-family residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural properties. Please click on the link below to display all of the properties in Richmond that are currently under a Land Use Contract.
All Properties Under LUC
Consistent with the Local Government Act, City Council will have to consider bylaws to establish underlying zoning for the properties developed under the remaining LUCs by June 30, 2022.
To-date, City Staff have brought forward two staff reports to Planning Committee to establish underlying zoning bylaws for 16 out of 46 remaining Land Use Contracts. Copies of the staff reports, which include maps of the affected properties, are available by clicking on the links below.
Staff Report to Planning Committee - September 19, 2017 (applicable to nine commercial/industrial properties in the north portion of City Centre)
Staff Report to Planning Committee - February 20, 2018 (applicable to 20 commercial and multi-family properties in the south portion of City Centre)
Subsequent underlying zoning bylaws for the remaining Land Use Contracts will be brought forward separately for consideration on the basis of their geographical area (i.e., Seafair/Blundell, Broadmoor, Steveston, and East Richmond).
Unlike the approach used for the 93 LUCs that included single-family properties, no early termination bylaws are proposed to be brought forward for the remaining LUCs involving multi-family residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural properties. Essentially, the existing remaining LUCs will remain effective and continue to govern the use and development of the affected properties until their termination date of June 30, 2024, as established in the Local Government Act, at which time the underlying zoning will take effect.
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