A zoning by-law controls the use of land in your community. It states exactly:
- how land may be used
- where buildings and other structures can be located
- the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used
- the lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks from the street.
A zoning by-law:
- implements the objectives and policies of a municipality’s official plan (See Official Plans, No. 2 in the series.)
- provides a legal way of managing land use and future development
- in addition to the official plan, protects you from conflicting and possibly dangerous land uses in your community.
What is a zoning by-law amendment?
If you want to use or develop your property in a way that is not allowed by the zoning by-law, you may apply for a zoning change, also known as a zoning by-law amendment or a rezoning. But council can consider a change only if the new use is allowed by the official plan.
Before you apply for rezoning, you should talk to the municipal staff for advice and information. You must complete an application form which requires information identified by the Minister and the municipality.
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For more information on Zoning By-Law Amendment applications & fees contact the Township office at (705) 785-3479