Zoning Bylaw Update

Update - September 10, 2018

A comprehensive Zoning Bylaw Update occurred earlier this year to align the Zoning Bylaw with the new Official Community Plan, to address issues in the Zoning Bylaw, and to follow best practices. The City's Zoning Bylaw shapes many aspects of everyday life, and it also provides for day-to-day administration on: 

  • how land may be used;
  • where buildings and other structures can be located;
  • the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used; and, 
  • the lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights, and setbacks from the street.

With feedback from the community during the three Open Houses hosted by the City of White Rock in May 2018, updates to the Zoning Bylaw were adopted by Council in July 2018, including supporting new locations for childcare facilities, promoting eelctric vehicle use through new charging station requirements, enabling more waterfront recreational uses and community gardens, among other improvements. 

The Zoning Bylaw update also includes a new policy that anticipates the legalization of recreational cannabis in October 2018. For more information, please see the following link (Cannabis Policy Information). 


Introduction: Share Your Thoughts & Influence Your Community

To assist with the implementation of the City of White Rock's new Official Community Plan (adopted October 2017), to address existing issues within the Bylaw, and to respond to emerging issues in the community, the City of White Rock is undertaking a comprehensive update of the White Rock Zoning Bylaw.

Between May 7 and May 21, 2018, we will be asking for input from White Rock residents, property owners, and businesses on a range of topics related to the Zoning Bylaw, through an online survey available on this website. You can register now and the questionnaires will be available beginning on May 7. The City will review the results from the survey, along with further research and analysis, in preparing future changes to the Zoning Bylaw.


All surveys are now live at the Talk White Rock - Zoning Bylaw Update Project link. Be sure to join us at Talk White Rock today!

Summary of Topics

The 10 topics in the list below will all have short questionnaires available so that you can share your opinions with us. They can affect how you live, work and play in White Rock, and we want your input.


We want to hear your thoughts! From May 7 to May 21, we invite all White Rock residents, businesses, and property owners to provide their feedback on these land use topics here at Talk White Rock, or to participate at one of our three Open House events.


Join the digital conversation at Talk White Rock to have your say on issues that matter to you. Each consultation topic described above has its own survey for you to provide feedback on.

Prefer to provide your feedback in paper form? Visit us at City Hall (15322 Buena Vista Avenue) to use our new online services kiosk upstairs. Paper copies will also be available at the Open Houses, at City facilities, and the White Rock Library.

All surveys will be available from May 7 to May 21. Join the conversation today!

Open Houses

Would you like an opportunity to discuss these topics with staff in person? Join us at our three Open House events - times and places are listed below:

  • Monday, May 7 (Open House on all 10 topics) 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    White Rock Community Centre 15154 Russell Avenue, White Rock

  • Tuesday, May 8 (Open House on Cannabis) - 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    White Rock Community Centre, 15154 Russell Avenue, White Rock

  • Saturday, May 12 (Open House on all 10 topics) - 1 to 4 p.m.
    White Rock Community Centre 15154 Russell Avenue, White Rock

More Information

If you have any questions regarding the topics, please email the Planning and Development Services Department by emailing Planning or call us at 604-541-2155.

We hope to hear from you soon.