Your Comprehensive Zoning By-law Project

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Background

The City of Markham has undertaken a comprehensive review of its Zoning By-laws and existing zoning framework.

Markham has 46 different ‘parent’ Zoning By-laws applying to different geographic areas of the City. These parent Zoning By-laws were enacted between 1954 and 2004. The City’s By-laws require updating to be consistent with the City’s 2014 Official Plan, the Regional Municipality of York’s Official Plan, Provincial plans and policies, and the Planning Act.


The zoning of the lands within the City also needed to be reviewed and updated due to their age, and numerous inconsistencies relating to definitions, permitted uses and development standards. In addition, the large number of amendments and minor variances that have been approved over time to facilitate development have created a multitude of site-specific standards that warranted review.



Upcoming Meetings

An Information Report, Draft Zoning By-law and Presentation was included on the June 7, 2021 agenda of the Development Services Committee (DSC).

The report indicated that staff would host three (3) non-statutory Public Open Houses/Community Information Meetings throughout July 2021. These meetings were held virtually via zoom video conference. The intent of these meetings was to provide additional information and field questions from the public.

The dates and themes of these meetings were as follows:

Meetings #1 and #2 (Residential Areas) - Tuesday July 20, 2021

Session 1 - 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Session 2 - 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Meeting #3 (Mixed Use, Employment and Other Non-Residential Areas) - Thursday July 22, 2021

6:30 to 8:30 PM

Meeting #4 (Residential and General Interest) - Tuesday July 27, 2021

6:30 to 8:30 PM

Each meeting was recorded for future reference and, or, to give anyone who could not attend any of the meetings an opportunity to review the presentation and listen in on what was discussed.

To access the audio/video of all of the meetings and meeting chat boxes, please click here: July 2021 Open Houses All Sessions


Follow-up Scoped Meetings

The feedback Staff and its consultant received from the open houses have resulted in further review and modifications to several areas of the By-law. In order to further explore alternative options, Staff will be holding scoped meetings with representatives of several residential ratepayer's associations. The dates and times of these meetings are to be determined.

Workshop

Following the scoped meetings, Staff will host a DSC workshop for members of Council. The DSC workshop will provide an opportunity for Committee members to further discuss various provisions and standards of the proposed by-law. The date and time of this workshop has not yet been finalized.

Statutory Public Meeting

The City is required to hold a Statutory Public Meeting prior to passing the By-law. A complete version of the updated by-law, including all proposed exceptions and mapping will be available to the public prior to the Statutory Public Meeting.

Recommendation Report

Staff will provide a recommended by-law to DSC for their consideration, who may then forward the draft by-law with any proposed amendments to Council for adoption.

Mapping

Draft mapping for the zoning by-law project is available here: Zoning By-law Mapping

Please note the mapping links to the zone landing page within the draft by-law, however it is not linked to the full by-law. For a copy of the full by-law, including definitions and general provisions, please click here: Draft Zoning By-law

For ease of understanding, various layers have been included on the draft mapping, to indicate unique policy instances.

Heritage Conservation District – Lands located within Heritage Conservation Districts, and may be subject to further standards

Parkway Belt West – Lands subject to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Parkway Belt Zoning Provisions. The Provincial zoning standards supersede Municipal zoning regulations.

Exceptions to the By-law OP Section 9 – Lands subject to Section 9 of the City’s Official Plan requiring further site specific zoning provisions.

Exceptions to the By-law Site Specific – Lands subject to zoning by-law amendments passed under the 2014 Official Plan. Site specific exceptions will be developed to carry forward these zones.

Areas Not Covered by By-law – Lands that require a secondary plan process under the City’s Official Plan prior to zoning.

Draft Zoning – Proposed zoning for applicable parcels. Zoning has been applied based on a number of proposed zones within the by-law, and are subject to change based on changes to policy. If you have concerns about the stated zoning on your property, please contact us at: nlp@markham.ca

How Can I Get Involved?

This is YOUR Comprehensive Zoning By-law. We want to hear from you to make sure the new By-law reflects the needs and ideas of the people who live, work, shop and play in Markham. Register for one of our community information meetings.

You can also sign-up to receive email updates about this project and upcoming events by subscribing via the STAY INFORMED box in the top right corner of this page.

Background

The City of Markham has undertaken a comprehensive review of its Zoning By-laws and existing zoning framework.

Markham has 46 different ‘parent’ Zoning By-laws applying to different geographic areas of the City. These parent Zoning By-laws were enacted between 1954 and 2004. The City’s By-laws require updating to be consistent with the City’s 2014 Official Plan, the Regional Municipality of York’s Official Plan, Provincial plans and policies, and the Planning Act.


The zoning of the lands within the City also needed to be reviewed and updated due to their age, and numerous inconsistencies relating to definitions, permitted uses and development standards. In addition, the large number of amendments and minor variances that have been approved over time to facilitate development have created a multitude of site-specific standards that warranted review.



Upcoming Meetings

An Information Report, Draft Zoning By-law and Presentation was included on the June 7, 2021 agenda of the Development Services Committee (DSC).

The report indicated that staff would host three (3) non-statutory Public Open Houses/Community Information Meetings throughout July 2021. These meetings were held virtually via zoom video conference. The intent of these meetings was to provide additional information and field questions from the public.

The dates and themes of these meetings were as follows:

Meetings #1 and #2 (Residential Areas) - Tuesday July 20, 2021

Session 1 - 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Session 2 - 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Meeting #3 (Mixed Use, Employment and Other Non-Residential Areas) - Thursday July 22, 2021

6:30 to 8:30 PM

Meeting #4 (Residential and General Interest) - Tuesday July 27, 2021

6:30 to 8:30 PM

Each meeting was recorded for future reference and, or, to give anyone who could not attend any of the meetings an opportunity to review the presentation and listen in on what was discussed.

To access the audio/video of all of the meetings and meeting chat boxes, please click here: July 2021 Open Houses All Sessions


Follow-up Scoped Meetings

The feedback Staff and its consultant received from the open houses have resulted in further review and modifications to several areas of the By-law. In order to further explore alternative options, Staff will be holding scoped meetings with representatives of several residential ratepayer's associations. The dates and times of these meetings are to be determined.

Workshop

Following the scoped meetings, Staff will host a DSC workshop for members of Council. The DSC workshop will provide an opportunity for Committee members to further discuss various provisions and standards of the proposed by-law. The date and time of this workshop has not yet been finalized.

Statutory Public Meeting

The City is required to hold a Statutory Public Meeting prior to passing the By-law. A complete version of the updated by-law, including all proposed exceptions and mapping will be available to the public prior to the Statutory Public Meeting.

Recommendation Report

Staff will provide a recommended by-law to DSC for their consideration, who may then forward the draft by-law with any proposed amendments to Council for adoption.

Mapping

Draft mapping for the zoning by-law project is available here: Zoning By-law Mapping

Please note the mapping links to the zone landing page within the draft by-law, however it is not linked to the full by-law. For a copy of the full by-law, including definitions and general provisions, please click here: Draft Zoning By-law

For ease of understanding, various layers have been included on the draft mapping, to indicate unique policy instances.

Heritage Conservation District – Lands located within Heritage Conservation Districts, and may be subject to further standards

Parkway Belt West – Lands subject to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Parkway Belt Zoning Provisions. The Provincial zoning standards supersede Municipal zoning regulations.

Exceptions to the By-law OP Section 9 – Lands subject to Section 9 of the City’s Official Plan requiring further site specific zoning provisions.

Exceptions to the By-law Site Specific – Lands subject to zoning by-law amendments passed under the 2014 Official Plan. Site specific exceptions will be developed to carry forward these zones.

Areas Not Covered by By-law – Lands that require a secondary plan process under the City’s Official Plan prior to zoning.

Draft Zoning – Proposed zoning for applicable parcels. Zoning has been applied based on a number of proposed zones within the by-law, and are subject to change based on changes to policy. If you have concerns about the stated zoning on your property, please contact us at: nlp@markham.ca

How Can I Get Involved?

This is YOUR Comprehensive Zoning By-law. We want to hear from you to make sure the new By-law reflects the needs and ideas of the people who live, work, shop and play in Markham. Register for one of our community information meetings.

You can also sign-up to receive email updates about this project and upcoming events by subscribing via the STAY INFORMED box in the top right corner of this page.

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