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7.0 CN1 & CN2 Zone Regulations (Neighbourhood Commercial)

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7.1 Lot Width, Area, Yards, Floor Area, Floor Area Ratio, Height

Table 4.7.1


 CN1 Zone

 CN2 Zone

Lot Width

 45 m

 15 m

Lot Area

 1 ha

 0.05 ha

Front Yard

 6 m

 6 m

Rear Yard

 6 m

 3 m

Side Yard

 no minimum

 no minimum

Street Side Yard

 6 m

 6 m

Yard abutting a Residential zone

 12 m

 9 m

Building setback abutting a creek block

 7.5 m, 4.5 m if block includes a 3 m buffer

Yard abutting a Railway right-of-way

 none required

Yard abutting a Pipeline Easement

7 m

Separation Distance from a Railway right-of-way

 30 m for land uses sensitive to Railway rights of way

Building Height

 3 storeys up to 12 m maximum

Yard abutting a PC or P zone



7.2 Floor Area

For non-residential uses only:

CN1 Zone: 3600 m2 maximum / use

CN2 Zone: 300 m2 maximum / retail use, 1200 m2 maximum / use for all other uses

7.3 Loading and Unloading

a) Loading/unloading shall not take place within 7.5 m of a residential zone.

b) Loading/unloading docks shall be screened from view from an adjoining residential zone.

7.4 Landscape Area and Buffer

Landscape Area:

Abutting a street: 3 m
Abutting an O2 or O3 zone: 3 m
Abutting a PC or P zone: 3 m

Landscape Buffer:

Abutting a Residential zone: 6 m

7.5 Separation Distance

Standard Restaurant: 15 m between the use and a residential zone.

Fast Food Restaurant: 30 m between the use and a residential zone.

7.6 Outside Storage

a) Only merchandise displayed for retail sale may be stored outside, provided the merchandise is not stored in a truck, trailer or other vehicle.

b) Perishable waste must be kept in refridgerated storage within a building. Alternatively, perishable waste may be stored outside if a deep collection waste disposal system, comprimised of a sealed container with a lockable lid located primarily below grade, is used.

c) Non-perishable waste stored outside on lands abutting a residential zone shall be kept within a solid screen enclosure subject to Part 1, Subsection 2.2.2.

7.7 Patio - Outdoor

Not permitted within 45 m of a residential zone

7.8 Restaurant Drive Through Facilities

a) Where drive through facilities are located in or adjacent to building elevations facing a street, landscaping shall be provided to screen the building from the street.

b) External conveyor pick-up systems are not permitted in a yard abutting a street and shall be setback 15 m from a residential zone.

c) Intercom ordering stations shall be setback 15 m from a residential zone.

7.9 Parking

a) Parking shall be provided in accordance with Part 1, Subsection 2.25 "Off Street Parking and Loading Requirements"

b) Parking of trucks and trailers is prohibited except when:

  • the truck or trailer is being loaded and unloaded
  • the truck or trailer is for customer use
  • the truck or trailer belongs to a property owner or tenant
  • the truck or trailer is being used for charitable purposes

7.10 Contiguous Lots

Where multiple contiguous lots are developed under a single comprehensive site plan all lots shall be deemed to be one lot for purpose of applying zoning regulations. A lot shall be used in a manner that complies with all of the regulations and prohibitions of this by-law that govern the lot itself and all of the regulations and prohibitions of this by-law that govern the entire development.

7.11 Amenity Area

Where dwelling units are located on the second or third floors a minimum amenity area of 20 m2 per unit shall be provided.

7.12 Fencing

On lands abutting a residential zone fencing shall be installed along the common boundary with the residential zone and shall have a minimum height of 1.8 m, which may be a solid screen fence or a combination of chain link fence and landscape planting to form a dense year-round screen.

Last Updated: December 2015


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