Part 7: COMMERCIAL DISTRICTS

Division 9: Commercial – Office f#h# (C-O f#h#) District

Purpose

828      The Commercial – Office District is intended to be characterized by:

(a)        buildings containing select uses that contribute to locations of high employment;

(b)        a limited number of other uses that support Offices;

(c)        locations along or near major roads and transit facilities;

(d)        pedestrian connections;

(e)        varying building density established through maximum floor area ratios for individual parcels; and

(f)         varying building height established through maximum building height for individual parcels.

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Permitted Uses

829      (1)              The following uses are permitted uses in the Commercial – Office District:

(a)        Park;

(b)        Sign – Class A;

(c)        Sign – Class B;

(d)        Sign – Class D; and

(e)        Utilities.

 

(2)              The following uses are permitted uses in the Commercial – Office District if they are located within existing approved buildings:

(a)        Counselling Service;

(b)        Information and Service Provider;

(c)        Instructional Facility;

(d)        Medical Clinic;

(e)        Office; and

(f)         Post-secondary Learning Institution.

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(3)              The following uses are permitted uses in existing approved buildings in the Commercial – Office District if:

(a)        a minimum of 90.0 per cent of the building’s gross floor area contains those uses listed in subsection (2) (a) through (f) inclusive; and

(b)        they are located on or below the ground floor of the building:

(i)         Accessory Food Service;

(ii)        Computer Games Facility;

(iii)       Convenience Food Store;

(iv)       Financial Institution;

(v)        Fitness Centre

(vi)       Health Services Laboratory – With Clients;

(vii)      Indoor Recreation Facility;

(viii)      Library;

(ix)       Pet Care Service;

(x)        Power Generation Facility – Small;

(xi)       Print Centre;

(xii)      Protective and Emergency Service;

(xiii)      Radio and Television Studio;

(xiv)     Restaurant: Food Service Only – Small;

(xv)      Restaurant: Licensed – Small;

(xvi)     Retail and Consumer Service; and

(xvii)     Take Out Food Service.

32P2009, 39P2010

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Discretionary Uses

830      (1)              Uses  listed in subsection 829(2) are discretionary uses if they are located in proposed buildings or proposed additions to existing buildings in the Commercial – Office District.

(2)              Uses  listed in subsection 829(2) are discretionary uses if they are proposed in an existing building that does not have at least one commercial use that has been approved after the parcel was designated as a commercial land use district.

(3)              Uses  listed in subsection 829(3) are discretionary uses in the Commercial – Office District if:

(a)        they are proposed for a new building or new addition to a building;

(b)        they are located in a building where less than 90.0 per cent of the building’s gross floor area is used for uses listed in subsection 829(2)(a) through (f) inclusive; or

(c)        they are located above the ground floor of the building.

(4)              The following uses  are discretionary uses in the Commercial – Office District:

(a)        Child Care Service;

(a.1)     Conference and Event Facility;

(b)        Drinking Establishment – Medium;

(c)        Drinking Establishment – Small;

(c.1)    Food Production;

(c.2)     Medical Marihuana Counselling;

(d)        Outdoor Café;

(d.1)     Payday Loan;

(e)        Power Generation Facility – Medium;

(f)         Restaurant: Food Service Only – Medium;

(g)        Restaurant: Licensed – Medium;

(g.1)     Restaurant: Neighbourhood;

(h)        Sign – Class C;

(i)         Sign – Class E;

(j)         Sign – Class F;

(j.1)      Sign – Class G;

(k)        Special Function  – Class 2;

(k.1)     deleted

(l)         Utility Building;

(m)      Veterinary Clinic; and

(n)        deleted

(o)       Wind Energy Conversion System – Type 1.

67P2008, 10P2009, 39P2010, 30P2011, 4P2012, 38P2013, 5P2015, 43P2015, 28P2016, 49P2017

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Rules

831      In addition to the rules in this District, all uses in this District must comply with:

(a)        the General Rules for Commercial Land Use Districts referenced in Part 7, Division 1;

(b)        the Rules Governing All Districts referenced in Part 3; and

(c)        the applicable Uses And Use Rules referenced in Part 4.

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Floor Area Ratio

832      The maximum floor area ratio for parcels designated Commercial – Office District is the number following the letter "f” indicated on the Land Use District Maps.

Building Height

833      The maximum building height for parcels designated Commercial – Office District is the number following the letter "h” indicated on the Land Use District Maps, expressed in metres.

Use Area

834      (1)              Unless otherwise referenced in subsection (2), there is no use area restriction for uses in the Commercial – Office District.

(2)              The maximum use area for a Retail and Consumer Service, or a Retail and Consumer Service combined with any other use, is 465.0 square metres.

39P2010

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Front Setback Area

835      The front setback area must have a minimum depth of 6.0 metres.

Rear Setback Area

836      (1)              Where the parcel shares a rear property line with a parcel designated as:

(a)        a commercial district, the rear setback area  must have a minimum depth of 3.0 metres;

(b)        an industrial district, the rear setback area must have a minimum depth of 3.0 metres;

(c)        a residential district, the rear setback area must have a minimum depth of 6.0 metres; and

(d)        a special purpose district, the rear setback area must have a minimum depth of 6.0 metres.

(2)              Where the parcel shares a rear property line with:

(a)        an LRT corridor or street, the rear setback area must have a minimum depth of 6.0 metres;

(b)        a lane that separates the parcel from a parcel designated as a residential district, the rear setback area  must have a minimum depth of 6.0 metres; and

(c)        a lane, in all other cases, the rear setback area must have a minimum depth of 3.0 metres.

67P2008

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Side Setback Area

837      (1)              Where the parcel shares a side property line with a parcel  designated as:

(a)        a commercial district, the side setback area  must have a minimum depth of 3.0 metres;

(b)        an industrial district, the side setback area  must have a minimum depth of 3.0 metres;

(c)        a residential district, the side setback area must have a minimum depth of 6.0 metres; and

(d)        a special purpose district, the side setback area must have a minimum depth of 6.0 metres.

(2)              Where the parcel shares a side property line with:

(a)        an LRT corridor or street, the side setback area must have a minimum depth of 6.0 metres;

(b)        a lane that separates the parcel from a parcel designated as a residential district, the side setback area must have a minimum depth of 6.0 metres; and

(c)        a lane, in all other cases, the side setback area must have a minimum depth of 3.0 metres.

67P2008

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Landscaping In Setback Areas

838      (1)              Where a setback area shares a property line with an LRT corridor or street, the setback area must:

(a)        be a soft surfaced landscaped area; and

(b)        provide a minimum of 1.0 trees and 2.0 shrubs:

(i)         for every 35.0 square metres; or

(ii)        for every 50.0 square metres, where irrigation is provided by a low water irrigation system.

(2)              Where a setback area shares a property line with a parcel designated as a residential district, the setback area must:

(a)        be a soft surfaced landscaped area;

(b)        provide a minimum of 1.0 trees:

(i)         for every 30.0 square metres; or

(ii)        for every 45.0 square metres, where irrigation is provided by low water irrigation system; and

(c)        provide trees planted in a linear arrangement along the length of the setback area.

(3)              Where a setback area shares a property line with a lane or a parcel designated as a commercial, industrial or special purpose district, the setback area:

(a)        must be a soft surfaced landscaped area;

(b)        may have a sidewalk along the length of the building; and

(c)        provide a minimum of 1.0 trees and 2.0 shrubs:

(i)         for every 35.0 square metres; or

(ii)        for every 50.0 square metres, where irrigation is provided by a low water irrigation system.

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Employee Area

839      All developments must have an outdoor area, for the use of employees, that is a minimum of 10.0 square metres.

Reductions of Minimum Motor Vehicle Parking Requirement

840      (1)              The minimum number of motor vehicle parking stalls is reduced by 10.0 per cent where the building that generates the parking requirement is located within 400.0 metres of an existing or approved Capital funded LRT platform.

(2)              The minimum number of motor vehicle parking stalls for an Office or Information and Service Provider is reduced by 5.0 per cent where:

(a)        a building is located within 150.0 metres of a street where a frequent bus service operates, and

(b)        the reduction for stalls referenced in subsection (1) was not applied.

(3)              The minimum number of motor vehicle parking stalls required for an Office or Information and Service Provider is reduced:

(a)        by 1.0 motor vehicle parking stalls per six (6) bicycle parking stalls – class 1 provided in excess of the minimum number of bicycle parking stalls required; and

(b)        by 1.0 motor vehicle parking stalls per two (2) lockers provided in a shower and change room facility.

13P2008

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Excess Motor Vehicle Parking Stalls

841      Where the number of motor vehicle parking stalls provided for uses is in excess of 6.0 stalls per 100.0 square metres of gross usable floor area, those excess stalls must be located in either underground or structured parking.

Required Bicycle Parking Stalls

842      (1)              The uses listed in section 830 must provide 1.0 bicycle parking stall – class 1 per 1000.0 square metres gross usable floor area of the use.

(2)              The uses listed in section 830 must provide 1.0 bicycle parking stall – class 2 per 1000.0 square metres of gross usable floor area of the use.

(3)              The minimum required number of bicycle parking stalls for all other uses is the minimum requirement referenced in Part 4.

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