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Zoning By-law Review

Summary: The City of Welland has developed and approved a new Comprehensive Zoning By-law with the goal of creating a single and progressive regulatory document which appropriately implements Provincial, Regional and Local policies. The Zoning By-law 2017-117 and schedules are available below. A zoning by-law controls the use of land in your community. It states exactly:
  • how land may be used,
  • where buildings and other structures can be located,
  • the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used,
  • the lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks from the street.

The goal of the project is to develop a single new Comprehensive Zoning By-law which appropriately implements Provincial, Regional and Local policies. Staff will ensure the new Zoning By-law is a more simplified document which will be easier to read and understand by the general public and implemented more efficiently by all Staff.

The result of the project will be a new Comprehensive Zoning By-law for the entire City of Welland. The new Zoning By-law will implement the development vision of the Official Plan. In order to implement the Official Plan, the new Zoning By-law is anticipated to change various use permissions and regulations that currently exist for some lands.

The City of Welland adopted a New Official Plan which has been approved by the Region of Niagara, with modifications and deferrals on October 21, 2011. This New Official Plan addresses the pressures and opportunities facing the City and is reflective of the extensive community consultation that took place during this Plan’s creation. The Planning Act requires a municipality’s Zoning By-law to conform to its Official Plan.

On March 18, 2014, City Council approved retaining GSP Group Incorporated to assist the City of Welland in creating a new Comprehensive Zoning By-law.

Background Review and By-law Review was conducted from March 2014 until September 2015

Public and Stakeholder consultation was conducted in November and December 2015

Draft New Comprehensive Zoning By-law was released for public and stakeholder consultation and comment on April 5, 2016.

A Public Open House was held on April 21, 2016. The Final Draft Comprehensive Zoning By-law was released for review on April 21, 2017.

A Public Information Meeting was held on May 29, 2017.

A Statutory Public Meeting was held on June 6, 2017 & June 13, 2017.

On October 10, 2017 General Committee approved the following recommendations

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WELLAND approves the City of Welland Comprehensive Zoning By-law; and further
THAT excluding east of Niagara Street related to the Gadsby area and those identified as Smart Centre Properties; and further
THAT the excluded areas proceed through further consultation and review; and further
THAT pursuant to Section 34(17) of the Planning Act, no further notice is determined to be necessary for the changes made to the proposed Comprehensive Zoning By-law; and further
THAT pursuant to Section 34(10.0.0.2) of the Planning Act, applications for Minor Variance and Zoning By-law Amendment are permitted during the two-year period after the By-law is approved.

On October 17, 2017 City Council approved the following recommendations.

THAT THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WELLAND approves the City of Welland Comprehensive Zoning By-law; and further
THAT the properties known as 418, 424, and 430 Aqueduct Street; 650, 656, 664, 670, 678, 684, 694, and 698 Niagara; and 69, 102, 165 and 158 Primeway Drive;
THAT THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WELLAND excludes east side of Plymouth Road between First Street and Second Street and follow regular review process; and further
THAT the excluded areas proceed through further consultation and review; and further
THAT pursuant to Section 34(17) of the Planning Act, no further notice is determined to be necessary for the changes made to the proposed Comprehensive Zoning By-law; and further
THAT pursuant to Section 34(10.0.0.2) of the Planning Act, applications for Minor Variance and Zoning By-law Amendment are permitted during the two-year period after the By-law is approved.

The City of Welland Council approved Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2017-117 on October 17, 2017. The last day to file an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board is Wednesday, November 15, 2017. The Official Notice of Passing of By-law 2017-117 can be found below.