177-96 Office Consolidation, November 30, 2016
In 1995, Markham adopted Official Plan Amendment 5, which brought large areas of rural land in the northern and eastern parts of the municipality into the Urban Area. Subsequently, Zoning By-law 177-96 ("The Urban Expansion Area By-law") was adopted by Council on June 20, 1996, in order to implement the policies for growth and development espoused in Official Plan Amendment 5. Over the years, some additional lands in Markham, not located within the OPA #5 area, have also been zoned into By-law 177-96.
Zoning By-law 177-96 covers the majority of the "greenfield" development areas of the City. Prior to the more recent refocusing of development to growth centres and corridors for higher density development, the majority of all Markham development was located within the OPA 5 area. As of 2013, almost all lands within the OPA 5 area have either been developed, or are fully pre-planned for development.
Since 1996, over 500 site-specific amendments have been made to By-law 177-96 to accommodate specific development proposals or to implement Secondary Plan policies. In August 2006, a major review and update of the By-law was undertaken. This review resulted in over 300 amendments being incorporated into the By-law, providing Staff, Council and the public with an easy-to-read consolidation. In June 2013, another major update and consolidation of the By-law was undertaken and adopted by the City, resulting in over 500 amendments being incorporated into the By-law, as well as necessary amendments required to keep the By-law current and relevant.
Office Consolidation Zoning By-Law (177-96) - PDF 443 pages 3.96 MB
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*This Office Consolidation is provided for convenience and ease of reference only. It comprises By-law No. 177-96 and all amendments and modifications up to November 01, 2014. The official version of By-law No.177-96 and all amending by-laws thereto are contained in the Clerk's Department. The Corporation of the City of Markham does not verify the accuracy or completeness of the Office Consolidation and bears no responsibility or liability to any person or entity for any deficiencies, inaccuracies, errors or omissions contained in the Office Consolidation.