Zoning Amendment to City Hall Lands

The City of Nelson is proposing to amend the zoning and Official Community Plan land use designation of its property at 310 Ward Street (City Hall) from I1 “Institutional” to a new Mixed-Use zone specific to City Hall. There is no redevelopment proposed for the City Hall property at this time

The purpose of the amendment is to:

  • Allow for the continued use of the parcel as a public administration building while allowing for the inclusion of various commercial and/or residential uses on the parcel. Specifically, the City wishes to soon begin to accept proposals for private-sector tenants to occupy the currently-vacant 5th floor of City Hall. The current zoning largely does not permit commercial, private-sector uses. The City wishes to rent out the vacant floor in order to better utilize the City’s existing assets, generate rental income for the City, and to put additional commercial office space on the market for the benefit of local industry.
  • Make the existing building a conforming structure: the current institutional zoning designation only allows for approximately half the height of the existing City Hall building, which makes it an existing nonconforming structure.

The proposed draft new zone would:

  • Provide a maximum height that accommodates the existing building
  • Permit most of the uses currently permitted at City Hall under the current "Institutional" zone, the C1 Downtown Commercial Zone, and the other commercial zones outside of the downtown, but it would not allow for:
    • Car Wash
    • Funeral Home
    • Industry, Light
    • Liquor Primary
    • Mechanical Repair and Service
    • Service Station
    • Shopping Centre
    • Transition House
    • among others
  • Not require any setbacks from lot lines
  • Lower the parking requirement for "Public Administration" and "Art Gallery and Museum" uses specifically on this property.

To view the most current working draft of the amendment, which has not yet been presented to Council, click here [PDF].

We have also prepared a zoning comparison table [PDF] that compares the key differences between the current Institutional zone, the Downtown Commercial zone, and the proposed new zone.

Click here to visit the City’s page on zoning, which includes a link to the current Zoning Bylaw and Interactive Zoning Map.


You are invited to drop by the upcoming open house to learn more about the proposal, ask questions, and provide your feedback:

  • Tuesday, February 11th, 2020
  • Drop-in between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm
  • Council Chambers, 2nd floor of City Hall (310 Ward Street)

This is only the first opportunity to comment on the proposed zoning amendment. If Council chooses to consider the proposal further, a public hearing will be held to which you will be invited once again by mail.