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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.

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


The Town undertook a process to gather feedback from the public and external stakeholders to update the Town’s Zoning By-Law and replace the previous By-law put in place in 1997.

To see the comprehensive timeline and background information of this project please see the Background Information section listed below.

Approval of New Comprehensive Zoning By-law

Town Council approved the new Comprehensive Zoning By-law on May 15, 2018.

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

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.

Environmental Protection Zone

Council unanimously voted that the Environmental Protection (EP) Zone would maintain the EP zone boundaries from the previous 1997 Zoning By-Law. This would mean that lands that were previously zoned Rural (RU) would maintain all permitted uses previously allowed in the 1997 By-law.

Appeals to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT)

Portions of the new Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2018-043, as amended by By-law 2018-065, have been appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), formerly known as the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). There are four appeals to the By-law remaining, including three property specific appeals and an appeal related to lands proposed to be zoned "Environmental Protection" by Town staff in April 2018. A June 19, 2018 Committee of the Whole Council memo helps to outline the appeals filed.

Town-wide Environmental Protection Zone Appeal

A Town-wide appeal was received from the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) relating to the proposed Environmental Protection zone. The LSRCA’s appeal is requesting that the Environmental Protection zone mapping be applied to the lands proposed to be zoned Environmental Protection by Town staff in the April 2018 draft By-law. Please see the maps below:

Next Steps

As part of the appeal process through the LPAT, a Case Management Conference has been scheduled for December 11, 2018.  A Case Management Conference provides the LPAT an opportunity to identify parties and participants, narrow the issues, identify facts, and provide directions for disclosure of information.

You can learn more about Case Management Conference’s in the LPAT’s Appeal Guide. This helpful guide discusses all the FAQ’s related to Case Management Conference’s starting on page 10.

How you can get involved

Request party or participant status. Written notice is required by November 13, 2018. Please see page 10 in the LPAT Appeal’s Guide to learn more about this process and the Notice of Case Management Conference for full details on how to submit notice.

If you would like to stay apprised of the appeal process, but not be an active party or participant you may attend the Case Management Conference on December 11. It is open to the public and anyone can attend and watch.

Where you can go for help

If you have further questions regarding the Zoning By-Law please contact the Town.

Background Information

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: