The way in which land can be developed and used is regulated on a property-to-property basis through by-laws including the zoning by-law. If a proposed use of land is not permitted or a proposed project cannot meet the rules of the zoning by-law, an amendment to the by-law may be appropriate. The Planner will advise whether an amendment application is recommended.
Section 34 of the Planning Act
provides for amendments to the zoning by-law.
An application for an amendment is considered by the Committee of the Whole. The Committee meets monthly to consider Planning Act applications and they make a recommendation to Council. If the Committee makes a positive recommendation to Council a by-law will be passed authorizing the zoning by-law amendment.
Questions about the Process
Frequently Asked Questions
" page is available to address more specific questions about the process. The Planning Co-ordinator or Planner are also available to assist with questions.
Notices, Public Meetings, Decisions, etc.
If you have applied for a zoning by-law amendment you will be mailed a Notice of Public Meeting shortly after you have submitted your complete application. The Notice will inform you, your neighbours within 120 meters, various municipal departments and the Conservation Authority if necessary, of the intent of your application, where and when the meeting will be and how to make a comment.
You should let your neighbours know what you are doing to avoid surprises at the meeting. Often by informing your neighbours you can avoid nasty fights, further expenses and Ontario Municipal Board appeals.
The Planner will make a recommendation to the Committee on your application. You should also attend the meeting and speak to the Committee about your application. You may send a representative as an agent.
Following the meeting you will receive a Notice of Passing or Refusal to Pass the zoning by-law amendment.
If you've received a Notice of Public Meeting but have not applied for a zoning by-law amendment then someone within 120 meters of your property has. The Notice will outline what the address is and provide some information on what amendment(s) the applicant is seeking, when and where the meeting will be held and how you can comment on the application.
Your input into the public process is important so do not hesitate to send in comments or attend the meeting to have your say about the application - whether you support it or not. All information including your personal information is used to enable the Committee to make their decision and is disclosed as part of the public record.
Zoning By-law Amendment (Brochure)
Council meeting minutes are available by clicking on the following link:
Council Meeting Minutes