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Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review

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What is a Zoning By-law?

A zoning by-law controls the use of land in your community and states:

  • how land may be used and what the permitted uses are
  • where buildings and structures can be located 
  • the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used
  • the lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, buildings heights and setbacks from the street and property lines.

The Town's existing Zoning By-law came into effect with the passage of by-law No. 97-50, in May 1997, with many site specific amendments to it since then.

For more information on zoning by-laws in general, please visit our Zoning By-laws page.

New Comprehensive Zoning By-law Approved

After undertaking a comprehensive review of its Zoning By-law and existing zoning framework to implement the new Official Plan and update its zoning regulations to reflect current planning standards and best practices, Town Council approved a new Comprehensive Zoning By-law on May 15, 2018.

The new Comprehensive Zoning By-law regulates land use and development within the Town and applies to all lands within the Town of East Gwillimbury.

New Comprehensive Zoning By-law Appealed to the LPAT

The new Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2018-043 has been appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), formerly known as the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). Four (4) appeals were received by the Town, including an appeal related to lands proposed to be zoned "Environmental Protection" by Town staff in April 2018. An update memo was received by Committee of the Whole Council on June 19, 2018, outlining the four appeals that were received. For more information regarding the status of the appeals, please visit the LPAT website.

On September 7, 2018, the LPAT issued an administrative order bringing the Town's Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2018-043 in full force and effect for all lands that are not otherwise within the scope of the appeals received.

Background Paper

In March 2015, Council received a Background Paper completed by Meridian Planning Consultants, which helped to identify options with respect to structure, format and appearance of the Zoning By-law, as well as identification of specific issues and topic areas.

Draft Zoning By-law - 1st Draft (Fall 2016)

The 1st Draft Zoning By-law was presented to Committee of the Whole Council on September 7, 2016. 

Draft Zoning By-law - 2nd Draft (May 2017)

The 2nd Draft Zoning By-law was presented to Committee of the Whole Council on June 6, 2017. 

Draft Zoning By-law - 3rd Draft (November 2017)

The 3rd draft was presented to Committee of the Whole Council on November 21, 2017. 

Draft Zoning By-law - 4th Draft (March 2018)

The 4th draft was presented to Committee of the Whole Council on April 4, 2018, with a staff report recommending Council approval. 

Draft Zoning By-law - 5th Draft (April 2018)

In response to Committee of the Whole Council direction on April 4, 2018, staff made some revisions to the Zoning By-law. A staff report recommending Council approval of the revised Zoning By-law was received by Council on May 1, 2018.

Draft Zoning By-law - 6th Draft (May 2018)

In response to Council direction on May 1, 2018, staff made some revisions to the Zoning By-law with respect to the proposed Environmental Protection Zone. This 6th draft was presented to Council for a decision on May 15, 2018.

Public Consultation

In order to assist the Town with its review of the Zoning By-law, Town staff will be engaged Council, the community and key stakeholders to obtain feedback and comments on zoning matters of interest. The Town hosted the following public consultation sessions:

To provide comments, ask questions and/or to be informed of future public consultation sessions, please contact Robin Prentice at the Town by email rprentice@eastgwillimbury.ca or phone (905) 478-4283, ext. 3862.