Effective July 11, 2021, Saskatchewan entered Step Three of the Re-Opening Roadmap and the public health order relative to COVID-19 was lifted. All restrictions related to the public health order were removed as of that date.
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The primary legal and administrative means of implementing a policy plan is the zoning bylaw. It divides a municipality into zoning districts and regulates the development and use of land in those districts. A zoning bylaw permits a council to set local standards for the subdivision and use of land, and helps manage the delivery of municipal services and resources to new development.
A zoning bylaw usually has the following sections:
Each zoning district may have regulations specifying:
Special Zoning Provisions are not required in a municipality's zoning bylaw. However, they can provide greater control to development in their jurisdiction. Special zoning provisions in The Planning and Development Act, 2007 are:
To use any of the special zoning conditions, a council must have governing guidelines and standards in a policy plan. Special ministerial approval and appeals procedures may also be involved.
Non-conforming Uses and Buildings
After a zoning bylaw is enacted or amended, existing land uses or buildings may not conform to the new regulations. A non-conforming use or building is not affected by a change of ownership, tenancy or occupancy. A non-conforming use may be continued and expanded inside any building in which it exists; if the use is discontinued for six consecutive months, future uses of the land or building must conform to current zoning bylaw regulations. A nonconforming building may continue to be used in an "as is" condition and can be enlarged or structurally altered in conformance with the new regulations. If damaged beyond 75 per cent of its value above the foundation, the building must be rebuilt in conformity with the bylaw.
AppealsWhen adopting a zoning bylaw, a municipality must also appoint a Development Appeals Board. The Act requires an appeal process to:
Applicants for development permits may appeal some decisions on their applications to the Development Appeals Board. If a party is dissatisfied with a Board's decision, a further appeal to the provincial Planning Appeals Committee may be possible.
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