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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.

Zoning By-law Review

The Town is now 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.

The end result will be a new Comprehensive Zoning By-law to regulate land use and development within the Town. The proposed new Zoning By-law applies to all lands within the Town of East Gwillimbury.

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)

Staff's recommendation is that the Town repeal and replace the existing Zoning By-law 97-50, as amended. As a result, a Draft Zoning By-law has been prepared and was presented to Committee of the Whole Council on September 7, 2016. 

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

As a result of public consultation, a revised Draft Zoning By-law has been prepared and was presented to Committee of the Whole Council on June 6, 2017. 

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

As a result of public consultation, a revised Draft Zoning By-law has been prepared and was presented to Committee of the Whole Council on November 21, 2017. 

Public Consultation

In order to assist the Town with its review of the Zoning By-law, Town staff will be engaging Council, the community and key stakeholders in the coming months to obtain feedback and comments on zoning matters of interest. The Town will be hosting 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.

You can submit your comments online or written submissions can be mailed to:

Robin Prentice, Development Services
Town of East Gwillimbury
19000 Leslie Street, Sharon, ON, L0G 1V0