Comprehensive Zoning By-law Update

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The Town of New Tecumseth has retained a consultant team, led by The Planning Partnership, to undertake an update of its Zoning By-law and welcomes your input. This page provides an overview of the project, information on the proposed changes and outlines how you can provide your feedback. We want to know what works for you, what doesn’t and what you would like to see in the new Zoning By-law.

Context and Current State of the Town’s Zoning By-law

A zoning by-law as explained in the Citizens Guide to Zoning By-Laws defines:

  • how land in a municipality is used including where different types of land uses such as residential and employment are allowed;

  • how close buildings can be to a property line;

  • how tall buildings can be;

  • how much parking is required and other standards.

With three distinct Settlement Areas, including Alliston which is identified provincially as a Primary Settlement Area, the Town is experiencing significant development pressure. The Town’s comprehensive Zoning By-law was first approved in 1996 following amalgamation, replacing the former Zoning By-laws for the Villages of Alliston, Beeton, Tottenham and the Township of Tecumseth. In 2014, some minor housekeeping updates were made resulting in the current version of the By-law 2014-126, however the By-law is largely the same as the original 1996 version.

In July 2018, the new Town Official Plan was adopted by Council. To conform to the new Official Plan, the Town is now initiating a comprehensive review of its Zoning By-law.

The Zoning By-law is being updated to ensure it works for you! The update will:

  • Bring the Zoning By-law into conformity with the new Official Plan;

  • Complete a detailed analysis of the Town’s zoning provisions;

  • Change zoning provisions to reflect urban design and architectural control principles and make recommendations regarding issues and/or problem areas; and,

  • Consolidate all amendments into one comprehensive document.

The Zoning By-law update is being undertaken within the context of broad-based community consultation to ensure the voices of New Tecumseth landowners, business owners, community organizations, home builders/developers and residents of all ages are heard throughout the process. 

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the Zoning By-Law survey. The survey is now closed.

Project Timeline

We asked and 241 of you answered. The results of the first survey for the Zoning By-law Update are in! A summary of the survey results can be found in the What We Heard Report #1.

Stage 1 - Background Review, Analysis and Issue Identification

(September to December 2019)

Public Workshop No. 1 - November 20, 2019, Beeton Memorial Arena

Please join us as the Town and our consultants, The Planning Partnership, will be hosting two identical Public Workshops on Wednesday November 20, 2019 at 4:00pm and 6:00pm in the Beeton Memorial Arena, 22 Second Street, Beeton.

Presentations will begin at the times noted and will be followed by table group activities. Come out and provide your input into the update of the Town’s Zoning By-law.

Update: Thanks to those who came out to our first public workshop! A copy of the presentation provided can be found on the Public Workshop No. 1 Presentation.

Newsletter # 1 (November 28, 2019)

 

Final Background Report

Following information received at our public open houses, stakeholder consultation with the Business Improvement Areas and Chambers of Commerce, the first Technical Advisory Committee meeting and the consulting team's background review, a Background Report  for the project has been completed. The next stage of the project will see the completion of an options report to discuss how each area of the Updated By-law may be addressed.

Why does zoning matter? How does it apply in different areas? The links below provide information on why the Zoning By-law is important for different areas of the Town.

Stage 2 - Preparation of Draft Zoning By-law

(December 2019 to May, 2020)

Stakeholder Consultation Sessions

Staff and the Town’s consultants recently held stakeholder consultation sessions with targeted groups who are directly affected by the Town’s Zoning By-law, including representatives from Business, Housing and Agricultural sectors. A copy of the presentation provided can be found on the Workshop No. 2 Presentation.

 

Zoning Options Report 

Building off of the work completed through Stage 1 of the project, Stage 2 focused on developing an options report to understand how various components of the Zoning Bylaw can be addressed. The final Zoning Options Report speaks to a variety of topic areas that will be addressed through the Zoning By-law Update, including the various zone categories, changing provincial legislation and permissions, and other municipal initiatives which affect the Zoning By-law.

Newsletter #2 (July 2020)

Stage 3 - By-law Refinement and Final Enactment

(June to September 2020)

  • Statutory Public Open House - Date and location TBD
  • Statutory Public Meeting - Date TBD

Staff Reports

Award of RFP P19-09 (Staff report #PD-2019-34)

Stage 1: Background Review, Analysis and Issue Identification (Staff Report # PD-2020-01)

Stage 2: Zoning Options Report (Report #PD-2020-15)