Village of Valemount: Official Community Plan & Zoning Bylaw

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The Village of Valemount is a resort municipality located among three beautiful mountain ranges. The Village and
its surroundings have immense potential for growth and development, yet the population is declining.

Bluerock Planning joined a strong team led by MVH Urban Planning & Design to undertake Valemount’s transformative new OCP and Zoning Bylaw. The team approach began with a listen-first attitude to understand the people and their vision. What we heard were concerns about growing fast, short-term rentals taking over and at the same time concerns about losing families, population and services. Our team brought forward a sensitive approach to growth in the OCP and Zoning Bylaw – one that focuses on both existing and future residents. Big moves included a “Mountains-to-Marsh” trail network, better alignment of servicing/infrastructure and future growth areas, flexible downtown mixed-use zoning, greater allowance for accessory dwelling units and clearer short-term vacation rental policy and regulations. Engagement was extensive and COVID-friendly through outdoor community walks, school and youth sessions, a robust “Community Circles” engagement booklet to 80% of the households, outdoor workshops, virtual open houses, and even recorded videos for the local television station.

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