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Conservation Authority has Withdrawn Appeal on Town's 2018 Zoning By-law

The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) has withdrawn the appeal. As of October 6, 2020 the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) has closed the file. The May 2018 Council approved Zoning By-law is in full effect and can be accessed here: 

 Zoning By-law 2018-043

Subsequent to Council approval of an updated memorandum of understanding and detailed report confirming the Town’s 2018 comprehensive Zoning By-law conforms with the municipal, regional official plans and provincial plans, the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) has withdrawn their appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. The withdrawal means a Settlement Hearing is no longer required, and the file is closed. 

East Gwillimbury property owners will be retaining the environmental protections set out prior to the Town’s 2018 Zoning By-law review, with no new lands becoming zoned for environmental protection. The Town completed an administrative update to the 2018 Zoning By-law to include three new schedules related to the Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan Areas, Provincially Significant Wetlands, and Regional Woodlands. These additions provide full transparency for property owners, to ensure they are aware of any external agency policies/regulations that exist on their property outside of the Town’s jurisdiction. As part of the Town’s Planning process, property owners are required to comply with other land use controls required by provincial, regional and other agencies such as the LSRCA. 

A copy of report ADMIN2020-07 is available here: 

ADMIN2020-07 LSRCA Withdrawal of Appeal of the Town's Zoning By-law

November 2019 Update 

Council’s mandate is to preserve and protect the 1997 Town Environmental Protected lands and zoning, and ensuring appropriate education for all residents of non-Town related environmental restrictions. 

On November 12, 2019, Council authorized Town staff to move forward with an agreement with the LSRCA that will:

a. Preserve the Environmental Protection zoning as passed by Council in May 2018 and retained from 1997.
b. Include Schedules from the Province, LSRCA and York Region as additional information in the Zoning By-law to ensure property owners are aware of all applicable land use regulations that exist on their property. 

In order to move this matter forward, the LSRCA has requested the LPAT schedule a hearing at the earliest convenience. This is likely to occur in early 2020. By proceeding with an LPAT hearing, it will ensure that any settlement will be fully transparent and available to the public. 

Community Open House

The Town along with the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) held a Community Open House on September 11, 2019. 

The presentations from the Open House are available below:

A summary of Public Comments and Responses from the Open House is available: 

The 1,000 acres of public lands are no longer being considered to be rezoned to Environmental Protection (EP) as part of the Zoning By-law Update: 

Background:  

At its meeting held on July 16, 2019 the Council of the Town of East Gwillimbury requested that a Community Open House be held to provide further education and additional information with respect to updates to the Town’s Zoning By-law. In addition, Council invited representatives from the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) to speak about the LSRCA’s mandate, role, responsibilities, mapping and appeal of the Town’s Zoning By-law. The Town  also invited the Province to discuss the ongoing Provincial Policy Statement Review, however no formal response was received

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.

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.  

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.