2017 Zoning By-Law Review
Zoning Bylaw Comprehensive Review
The Township has recently retained MHBC Planning to complete a comprehensive review of its Zoning By-law. The Zoning By-law is a legal document that specifies how land can be used through regulations (property setbacks, building heights etc.) and permissions (residential, commercial, agricultural, etc). The Township's current bylaw is 16 years old and requires an update as a result of the recent approval of the Township's new Official Plan in 2016. The Planning Act requires that municipalities amend their Zoning By-laws within three (3) years of a new Official Plan being in effect. It is also important to ensure the Zoning By-law reflects current practices, changes to provincial policy, and supports the strategic directions of the Township.
The consultants are currently reviewing all components of the Zoning By-law including a detailed assessment of all zoning categories. The primary objective of this review will be to ensure that it is consistent with the new Official Plan. This review will also ensure that the Zoning By-law is reflective of current standards and best practices. There will be opportunities for public input and agency throughout the review process, with the first Open House scheduled for June 1, 2017 at the Ripley Huron Community Centre. There will be further meetings throughout the process and Notice will be provided. It is anticipated that the final draft of zoning bylaw will be before Council by November/December 2017. Please contact Sonya Watson at the Township if you wish to stay informed and be notified of any future meetings or decisions associated with the comprehensive review.
Note, any applications for Zoning By-law amendments or minor variances may be made during the comprehensive review process in accordance with the Planning Act and will be considered on their own merits under the provisions of existing Zoning By-law 2001-87.
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