Town encourages Oakville residents to review the new draft zoning by-law

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 – for immediate release

Town encourages Oakville residents to review the new draft zoning by-law

Zoning by-law open houses set for May 22 to June 6

The first draft of the town’s proposed new zoning by-law is now available and Council is asking for your feedback. Eleven open houses are scheduled to run between May 22 and June 6 offering residents and businesses an opportunity to review the current draft by-law, ask questions, and submit comments before the next draft goes to Council this fall. Residents will also have the opportunity to comment at the fall Council meeting.

“A zoning by-law is the most important part of putting the principles and policies of an official plan into practice. The new zoning by-law is a critical element in the implementation of the Livable Oakville Plan which shapes how Oakville will develop in the future,” Mayor Rob Burton said.

The town’s new zoning by-law will regulate how land can be used (e.g. residential vs. commercial) as well as establish a variety of criteria ranging from where a building can be located on a lot to building height and size. 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 sets out the vision for Oakville’s development, however, it is not intended to directly regulate all aspects of how properties are developed and buildings constructed. In Ontario, this is the role of the zoning by-law, together with a number of other implementation mechanisms and processes such as subdivision and site plan approval.

Council received the first draft of the zoning by-law on April 29, 2013, which marked the start of the public engagement process. The final zoning by-law is expected to go to Council for consideration in early 2014.

To review the draft by-law, open house details, technical papers, and staff presentations, visit the inZone page.

Media contact:

Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville

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Town encourages Oakville residents to review the new draft zoning by-law