Oakville Council approves new zoning by-law

Comprehensive by-law sets rules for future growth and development within the town

Last night at a special Planning and Development meeting, Town Council unanimously approved the new Town of Oakville Zoning By-law 2014-014 and the companion inZone Conformity Official Plan Amendment. The by-law provides new zoning permissions and regulations expressed in the town’s official plan — the Livable Oakville Plan, and will set the rules for what, where, and how buildings can be constructed in Oakville.

“We are putting our Livable Oakville Plan into practice and the new zoning by-law is a vital part of the implementation,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “We consulted extensively with the community and their feedback will directly shape Oakville’s future livability.”

The zoning by-law is a rule book that controls how development can take place in the town. It also regulates how land and buildings are used, the location of buildings, minimum lot sizes, building heights, and other provisions necessary to ensure proper development. The inZone project was the framework for preparing the new zoning by-law and was a key action item in the 2011-2014 Council Strategic Plan and Vision 2057. The Vision 2057 master plans, together with other key planning initiatives will create a more livable and sustainable Oakville.

Council received the first draft of the zoning by-law on April 29, 2013, which marked the official start of the public engagement process. Public consultation included several open houses, inZone Subcommittee meetings, one-on-one meetings, and online content and community presentations since October 2011.

“This is one of the best zoning by-laws I have seen prepared,” said Dana Anderson, director of Planning for the Town of Oakville. “While the town has conducted reviews of its zoning by-law in the past, none have been as comprehensive as this one. The result is a streamlined, concise, user-friendly by-law that implements the policies of Livable Oakville for the management of growth and change over the next 20 years. I would highly recommend our inZone process to other municipalities.”

The final draft includes over 200 new definitions for terms used in the by-law, making zoning interpretations easier. The by-law will also be incorporated into Explore Oakville, the town’s public Geographic Information System (GIS) to provide easier self-serve options to residents and businesses.

The new by-law will apply to all lands in the Town of Oakville south of Dundas Street and north of Highway 407. The area between Dundas Street and Highway 407 is regulated by the North Oakville East and West Secondary Plans and North Oakville Zoning By-law 2009-189.

The Livable Oakville Plan was unanimously adopted by Council on June 22, 2009, approved with modifications by Halton Region on November 30, 2009, and ultimately approved by the Ontario Municipal Board on May 10, 2011.

More information and advice on zoning and building plans can be found on the Zoning page or by contacting ServiceOakville at serviceoakville@oakville.ca or 905-845-6601.

For more information contact:

Dana Anderson
Director of Planning Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 6020

Jill MacInnes
Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3096

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Oakville Council approves new zoning by-law