North Cowichan Approves Significant Number of New Residential Units

(December 7, 2017, North Cowichan, BC) At its December 6 meeting, Council approved three development projects that could provide up to 326 new residential units in North Cowichan. Council also adopted amendments to the Zoning Bylaw to allow attached secondary suites on about 2300 properties. 

Housing availability and affordability is an issue across the Province. All levels of government are grappling with the increasing demand for affordable housing types. These projects and zoning changes enable the creation of hundreds of new housing units for Cowichan residents. 

We are grateful and excited to see the increase in applications for multi-family development projects in North Cowichan, says Mayor Jon Lefebure. We hear from residents on a regular basis about how difficult it is to find housing for themselves or their children, and approving these projects is a significant step towards diversifying our housing stock.

Now that zoning changes have been approved by Council, the project proponents can proceed to seek development and building permits with the Municipality.

Project information:


  • 6472 Paddle Road 112 Units
    Rezoned from residential rural (R1) zone to urban medium density comprehensive development zone (CD10) to allow development of a 4-storey, 112-unit apartment building. The building is planned to be largely 2-bed, 2-bath units, with some 3-bed, 1 bath units. The building is planned to be pet-friendly. This property is located in an area designated as Regional Shopping Centre and is located very close to the Cowichan Commons commercial area.

  • 2974 Green Road 195 Units
    Rezoned from residential rural (R1) zone to congregate housing comprehensive development zone (CD17). The project would include 195 housing units, of which the majority would be in a 5-storey apartment building with a social centre and professional offices; other units would be townhouses and condominiums. The development would also include health-related ground floor retail space in some buildings. This property is also located in the area designated as Regional Shopping Centre, and is just south of the Cowichan Commons commercial area.

  • 3248 Sherman Road 19 units
    Rezoned from residential townhouse zone (R6) to urban medium density comprehensive development zone (CD10) to develop a 19-unit townhouse development. This property is located across from the Sherman Road Soccer Park.

  • Secondary Suites Zoning Bylaw Amendment 2300 units
    This amendment to the Zoning Bylaw allows attached secondary suites in the Residential Restricted (R2) and Residential Restricted Properties (R2-A) and Cliffs Comprehensive Development (CD1) zones, and reduces the minimum parcel area for a secondary suite in the Residential One and Two-Family (R3) zone from 650m2 to 450m2. These changes affect about 2300 properties within the Municipalitys urban containment boundary. A map can be viewed here:
For more information, contact:
Jon Lefebure, Mayor
Scott Mack, Director of Development Services