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“Right now we have six commercial zones. If you actually look at the commercial zones, we have two or three commercial zones that are almost identical. So it’s really combining those commercial zones into one so we have four commercial zones instead of six.”

It also proposes Development Permit Area (DPA) requirements, as well as makes Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems mandatory for new developments. That means any new single detached home built will require a solar hot water heater, which a developer can waive if they upgrade the furnace to a 96 per cent or greater efficient natural gas condensing furnace and an Energy Star rated heat pump hot water tank or tankless condensing gas hot water heater.

The proposal also moves DPAs into the bylaws, instead of the Official Community Plan. Brooks says the intention is to have everything a developer needs in as few documents as possible, as a sort of “one-stop shop” when developing land.

“We’re just trying to make the document a little bit more user-friendly, and a little bit easier to read through and find the information you’re looking for.”

Copies of the draft bylaw are available for review at City Hall, 10631-100 Street, during business hours, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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