What is the Zoning Bylaw?
The Zoning ByLaw is a Council-approved tool that ensures development is consistent with the Official Plan. Zoning maps specify the different zoning designations within the Town limits; such as Residential, Low Density Urban Residential, Medium Density Urban Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Institutional. The Zoning Bylaw specifies the regulations and permitted uses for properties within those designations.
What is a Zoning Amendment (aka Rezoning)?
A Zoning Amendment, more commonly referred to as Rezoning, is a land-use amendment to the Zoning Bylaw. The process of rezoning allows Council to analyze the potential impacts a land-use change and subsequent development may have on the community now and in the future, as envisioned in the Official Plan (OP).
When is a Zoning Bylaw Amendment Required?
A Zoning Bylaw amendment is required when a development proposal is not in compliance with provisions of the Zoning Bylaw and changes to components such as land use, density and parking are required for the development to proceed.
Some Rezoning applications may also require an Official Plan Amendment Application. If the Rezoning application is consistent with the policies outlined in the OP, it can proceed through the process without an OP Amendment. If the Rezoning application is not consistent with the OP, it and the OP Amendment application are processed concurrently through similar processes.
A formal Public Hearing is part of the Zoning Bylaw Amendment processes. Applicants are also required arrange a pre-consultation application with the Town prior to submitting a zoning application.
What are Specific Use Regulations?
The Zoning Bylaw permits a number of 'specific uses,' such as accessory apartments, and home based businesses among others. The zoning bylaw outlines regulations for these uses above and beyond the regular development regulations listed for each zone.
For example, in the case of bed and breakfast operations, the specific use regulations require that the operator of a bed and breakfast reside within the house where the bed and breakfast exists.
The regulations are intended to integrate the specific uses into the neighborhoods in which they are located.