What is a Zoning By-law?
A Zoning By-law controls the use of land in a community and generally sets out:
- How land and buildings may be used;
- Where buildings and other structures can be located; and
- Lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements and building heights.
The Official Plan sets out a municipality's general policies for future land use. A Zoning By-law implements the Official Plan and provides for its day-to-day administration. For example, the Official Plan may designate an area generally for Residential uses. The Zoning By-law may then zone specific areas for single detached dwellings, semi-detached dwellings, townhouses or apartments. A Zoning By-law contains specific requirements that are legally enforceable. Construction or new development that does not comply with a Zoning By-law is not allowed and a municipality will refuse to issue a building permit.
Why do you need a Zoning By-law?
A Zoning By-law:
- Implements the objectives and policies of a municipality's Official Plan;
- Provides a legal way of managing land use and future development; and
- Protects you from conflicting and possibly dangerous land uses in your community.
Is there a Zoning By-law in Oshawa?
- Divides the City into zones;
- Specifies uses allowed in each zone;
- Establishes building setbacks related to property lines;
- Sets out how many parking spaces are to be provided for each use; and
- Includes regulations on other matters such as building heights, building coverage and setbacks from the street for parking lots.
Should a property owner or tenant be aware of the content of Oshawa's Zoning By-law?
Since the Zoning By-law defines the manner in which you and your neighbours can use your property it is in your best interest to be aware of the content of Zoning By-law No. 60-94.
Can Oshawa's Zoning By-law be amended?
The Ontario Planning Act and Regulations establish a process which allows a Council or an individual to request an amendment to the Zoning By-law at any time. The process is intended to achieve the following objectives:
- Provides fair notice to all those who might have an interest in the proposed amendment;
- Allows people to provide input to Council on the proposed amendment; and
- Provides an opportunity to challenge a Council decision at the Ontario Municipal Board.
What is the process for Zoning Amendments?
8th Floor, Rundle Tower, City Hall
50 Centre Street South, Oshawa, Ontario, L1H 3Z7
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