Zoning By-Law Project

Zoning By-Law Project

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This web page is the online home for the Town's Zoning By-law Project. It contains all information that is available to the public for review. This is a resource to help individuals understand the land use planning process in Ontario and Zoning By-laws in particular. If you would like to be added to the Town's mailing list pertaining to the Zoning By-law Project, please email your request to planning@thebluemountains.ca

What is a Zoning By-law and why do we need one?

The authority and requirement for a municipality to adopt a Zoning By-law comes from Section 34 of the Planning Act. The Government of Ontario has produced a series of Citizens' Guides which explain how the land use planning process works in Ontario. They provide general information only and may be accessed at http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page338.aspx

A Zoning By-law controls the use of land within a municipality. More specifically, Zoning By-laws state exactly:

  • how land may be used;
  • where all buildings and structures can be located on a lot;
  • the types of buildings and structures that are permitted and how they may be used; and
  • the number of parking and loading spaces required, in addition to other amenities.

The purpose of a Zoning By-law is to implement the policies of an Official Plan. The Official Plan contains general policies that affect development and the use of land throughout the municipality.  The Zoning By-law implements the Town's Official Plan and provides for its day-to-day administration while providing a legally enforceable way of managing land use and future development.


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