2.20 RSF - Small Scale Flex Residential Zone

To allow for a range of small scale Residential development up to 3 Storeys in Height, including detached, attached, and multi-unit Residential housing. This Zone has site and building regulations that provide additional development flexibility in appropriate contexts, such as new neighbourhoods and large undeveloped areas. Limited opportunities for community and commercial development are permitted to provide services to local residents.

Residential Uses
3.1. Home Based Businesses must comply with Section 6.60.
3.2. Residential
 
3.2.1. The maximum number of Lodging House Sleeping Units is 8 per Site.
3.2.2. Backyard Housing must comply with Section 6.10.
Commercial Uses
3.3. Food and Drink Services, Health Services, Indoor Sales and Services, and Offices
 
3.3.1. These Uses are only permitted where an Interior Side Lot Line Abuts a Site in a non-residential Zone that permits Commercial Uses, at the time of Development Permit application.
3.3.2. Where one or more of these Uses are proposed in a building previously developed as Semi-detached Housing or Row Housing, the entire building must be converted for non-residential Uses
3.3.3. The maximum Floor Area is 300 m2 per individual establishment.
3.3.4. Developments must carry out their operations so that no Nuisance is created.
3.3.5. Outdoor business activity, storage, speakers and amplification systems are not permitted.
3.3.6. Despite Subsection 3.3.5, outdoor seating areas are permitted to a maximum area of 20.0 m2 and must only be located in the Front Yard or Flanking Side Yard.
3.4. Residential Sales Centres may be approved for a maximum of 5 years. Subsequent Development Permits for Residential Sales Centres on the same Site must only be issued as a Discretionary Development.
Community Uses
3.5. Community Services and Child Care Services:
 
3.5.1. Community Services and Child Care Services are only permitted:
 
3.5.1.1. on Corner Sites that Abut a Collector Road or Arterial Road, except 
 
3.5.1.1.1. Child Care Services are permitted on any Corner Site where proposed in a building previously developed as Single Detached Housing;
3.5.1.2. in an existing non-residential building; or
3.5.1.3. on a Site where an Interior Side Lot Line Abuts a Site in a non-residential Zone,
at the time of Development Permit application. 
3.5.2. The maximum Floor Area for Community Services is 1,000 m2 per Site.
3.5.3. The maximum Floor Area for Child Care Services is 300 m2 per Site
3.5.4. Child Care Services must comply with Section 6.40.
3.6. Special Events must comply with Section 6.100.
Agricultural Uses
3.7. Urban Agriculture must not be the only Use in a principal building.  
Sign Uses
3.8. Signs are limited to On-premises Advertising
3.9. Signs must comply with Section 6.90.

 

4.1. Development must comply with Table 4.1:
Table 4.1. Site and Building Regulations
Subsection Regulation Value Symbol
Site Width - Where the Site does not Abut an Alley
4.1.1. Minimum Site Width 7.5 m A
Lot Width - Where the Site does not Abut an Alley
4.1.2. Minimum Lot Width for each attached principal Dwelling where the attached Dwellings are developed on separate Lots 5.0 m B
 
Diagram for Subsections 4.1.1 and 4.1.2
Diagram for 2.20_4.1.1-4.1.2
Site Width - Where the Site Abuts an Alley
4.1.3. Minimum Site Width 7.0 m C
Lot Width - Where the Site Abuts an Alley
4.1.4. Minimum Lot Width for Row Housing internal Dwellings developed on separate Lots 3.6 m D
4.1.5. Minimum Lot Width for Semi-detached Housing or Row Housing end Dwellings developed on separate Lots 4.8 m E
 
Diagram for Subsections 4.1.3, 4.1.4 and 4.1.5
Diagram for 2.20_4.1.3-4.1.4
Height
4.1.6. Maximum Height 12.0 m -
Site Coverage
4.1.7. Maximum Site Coverage 55% -
Building Length
4.1.8. Maximum length of any building  30.0 m F
 
Diagram for Subsection 4.1.8
Diagram for 2.20_4.1.8
4.2. Setbacks must comply with Table 4.2:
Table 4.2. Setback Regulations
Subsection Regulation Value Symbol
Front Setback
4.2.1. Minimum Front Setback 4.5 m A
Unless 1 or more of the following applies:
4.2.2. Minimum Front Setback where a Treed Boulevard is provided and vehicle access is from an Alley 3.0 m B
4.2.3. Minimum Front Setback where the development is for Reverse Housing 3.0 m C
 
Diagram for Subsections 4.2.1, 4.2.2 and 4.2.3
Diagram for 2.20_4.2.1_-_4.2.3
Rear Setback
4.2.4. Minimum Rear Setback 6.0 m D
Unless the following applies:
4.2.5. Minimum Rear Setback for a building with a rear attached Garage where the Site depth is less than or equal to 30.0 m. 1.2 m E
 
Diagram for Subsections 4.2.4 and 4.2.5
Diagram for 2.20_4.2.4-4.2.5
Interior Side Setback
4.2.6. Minimum Interior Side Setback 1.2 m G
4.2.7. Minimum Interior Side Setback for Zero Lot Line Development where the Abutting Interior Side Setback is 0 m 1.5 m H
4.2.8. Minimum Interior Side Setback for Reduced Setback Development where the Abutting Interior Side Setback is greater than or equal to 0.6 m and less than 1.2 m 1.2 m I
 
Diagram for Subsections 4.2.6, 4.2.7, and 4.2.8
Diagram for 2.20_4.2.6_-_4.2.8
Unless the following applies:
4.2.9. Minimum Interior Side Setback when Row Housing or Multi-unit Housing faces an Interior or Flanking Side Lot Line 1.5 m J
 
Diagram for Subsections 4.2.9
Diagram for 2.20_4.2.9
Flanking Side Setback
4.2.10. Minimum Flanking Side Setback 2.0 m K
 
Diagram for Subsections 4.2.10
Diagram for 2.20_4.2.10
4.3. Driveway length must comply with Table 4.3:
Table 4.3. Driveway Length Regulations
Subsection Regulation Value Symbol
4.3.1. Minimum Driveway length between a Garage door and the back of an existing or approved sidewalk at the time of the Development Permit application 6.0 m A
Unless the following applies:
4.3.2. Minimum Driveway length between a Garage door and the Front Lot Line or Flanking Side Lot Line, where there is no existing or approved sidewalk at the time of the Development Permit application 5.5 m -
 
Diagram for Subsection 4.3.1
Diagram for 2.20_4.3.1
Building Design Regulations
5.1. For Multi-unit Housing, where a building wall:
 
5.1.1. faces a Street; or
5.1.2. has a total length greater than 20 m facing a Site in a residential Zone,
the Facade must be articulated using 2 or more design techniques or features to minimize the perception of massing, eliminate large blank walls, and provide visual interest. Design techniques or features may include: variations in rooflines; vertical or horizontal building wall projection or recessions; visual breaks of building Facades into smaller sections; features such as windows, balconies, or porches; use of a combination of finishing materials; or other similar techniques or features.
Entrance Design Regulations
5.2. All principal ground-oriented Dwellings and non-Residential Uses adjacent to a Front or Flanking Side Lot Line must have a main entrance door, porch, or landing facing either the Front or Flanking Side Lot Line, except:
 
5.2.1. this regulation does not apply to Backyard Housing, Cluster Housing or Multi-unit Housing.
5.3. All Cluster Housing and Multi-unit Housing principal buildings adjacent to a Street must have at least 1 main entrance:
 
5.3.1. facing a Street; or
5.3.2. facing an internal courtyard that is visible from a Street.
5.4. Sliding patio doors must not serve as the main entrance of a Dwelling.
5.5. Main entrances for Multi-unit Housing must incorporate weather protection features in the form of canopies, awnings, overhangs, vestibules, recessed entrances or other architectural elements to provide all-season weather protection to pedestrians and to enhance the visibility of the entrance.

 

Parking and Access
6.1. Where a Site Abuts an Alley at the Rear Lot Line, vehicle access must be from the Alley, except that:
 
6.1.1. Vehicle access may be from a Street for a maximum of 50% of principal Dwellings per Site, not including Backyard Housing; and
6.1.2. Vehicle access may be from a Street where it will result in a consistent streetscape with Lots on the same side of the Street that do not Abut an Alley.
 
Diagram for Subsection 6.1.1
Diagram for 2.20_6.1.1

 

6.2. Where developed with front attached garages, Row Housing and Zero Lot Line Development must not be accessed directly from a Collector Road or located directly across from a school or public park Site.
6.3. Surface Parking Lots must not be located between a principal building and a Street.
Additional Regulations for Zero Lot Line Development and Reduced Setback Development
6.4. Zero Lot Line Development is permitted where:
 
6.4.1. all roof drainage from principal and Accessory buildings is directed towards a Street, Alley, or private drainage system, and no roof leader discharge is directed to the easement area required in Subsection 6.4.2; and
6.4.2. the owners of impacted Lots register on title a minimum 1.5 m private easement along the entire distance of the shared Lot line that requires:
 
6.4.2.1. construction of a drainage swale and an unobstructed drainage path with a minimum width of 0.3 m to be free and clear of all objects;
6.4.2.2. protection of drainage of the Site, including the right for water to flow across Lots and the requirement not to inhibit the flow of water across Lots;
6.4.2.3. a 0.3 m eave encroachment easement with the requirement that the eaves must not be closer than 0.9 m to the eaves of a building on an Abutting Lot;
6.4.2.4. a 0.6 m footing encroachment easement;
6.4.2.5. permission to access the easement area for maintenance of the properties;
6.4.2.6. adequate access for utility maintenance, where applicable; and
6.4.2.7. that an Accessory building must not encroach on the easement.
Diagram for Subsection 6.4.2
Diagram for 2.20_6.4.2

 

6.5. Where provided, side entrances on Zero Lot Line Developments must not be developed more than 0.3 m above the finished ground surface. 
6.6. Reduced Setback Development is permitted where:
 
6.6.1. eaves are a minimum of 0.45 m from the Interior Side Lot Line;
6.6.2. all roof drainage from principal and Accessory buildings is directed towards a Street, Alley, or private drainage system, and no roof leader discharge is directed to the easement area required in Subsection 6.6.3; and
6.6.3. the owners of impacted Lots register on title a minimum 0.6 m private easement along the entire distance of the shared Lot line. The easement must: 
 
6.6.3.1. be located entirely on the Lot with the minimum 1.2 m Interior Side Setback
6.6.3.2. ensure a 0.15 m wide unobstructed drainage path along each side of the shared Lot line; and
6.6.3.3. require permission to access the easement area to allow for maintenance of the Lot with a smaller Interior Side Setback.
 
Diagram for Subsection 6.6.3
Diagram for 2.20_6.6.3

 

6.7. Fences are not permitted within the Interior Side Yard of a Reduced Setback Development.
 
Diagram for Subsection 6.7
Diagram for 2.200_6.8