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New Zoning By-law Project

Markham Zoning By-Law Project

The City of Markham is undertaking a comprehensive review of its zoning by-laws and existing zoning framework. As part of Markham’s New Comprehensive Zoning By-law Project, the City’s many zoning by-laws will be reviewed in order to implement the policies of the City’s new Official Plan. The Official Plan was adopted by Council in 2013, but some sections are still under appeal to the Ontario Municpal Board.

The end result will be a new and interactive web-based comprehensive zoning by-law, to regulate land use and development in the City.

Project Status - Summer 2017

Phase 1 Zoning Issues Analysis  Complete and endorsed-in-principle by City Council in March 2016. 

Phase 2 Strategic Directions Report   Complete and endorsed-in-principle by City Council in June 2016. 

Phase 3A Review of Secondary Suites, Rooming Houses and Short-term Accommodations Currently underway and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

Phase 3B —  Development of a New Comprehensive Zoning By-law for the City Currently underway and is expected to be completed by Spring 2018

Why a Comprehensive Review?

The Planning Act requires that municipalities review and update their municipal zoning by-laws to conform with their Official Plan within three years after the Official Plan comes into effect.  Markham’s new Official Plan was adopted by Council on December 10, 2013, and has been partially approved with some sections still under appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board.

Markham’s has 46 different zoning by-laws applying to different areas of the City.  These zoning by-laws were adopted between the 1954 and 2004. They now require updating to be consistent with the new Official Plan, and also need reviewing due to the age of some of them, and large number of amendments and minor variances that have been approved over the years to facilitate development.

Objective of the Review

Develop a new comprehensive zoning by-law that:

  • is user-friendly, interactive & web-based;
  • guides land use and development in Markham;
  • responds to emerging planning and development trends; and
  • implements the policies of the new Official Plan.

What parts of the bylaw will be reviewed?

  • Zoning By-law definitions, general provisions, zone categories/zones and associated permissions and standards, etc.
  • Zoning By-law layout, format, structure, zoning method, etc.
  • Existing zoning permissions, including site specific zoning by-law amendments and minor variance approvals, to determine best approach for recognizing existing permissions in the new comprehensive zoning by-law.

Phases flow chart

About Zoning By-laws

A zoning by-law is a legal document that regulates the use of land and buildings and provides standards for how development and construction can occur on a property. Municipalities are granted the authority to pass zoning by-laws by Section 34 of the Planning Act. Zoning by-laws regulate:

  • How land and buildings may be used.
  • Where buildings and other structures can be located and how they should be built (example: Setbacks from property lines, gross floor area/density, height/number of storeys, etc.).
  • Required lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, etc.

The purpose of zoning by-laws is to implement the policies of the Official Plan in a legally enforceable manner, and to protect people from conflicting and possibly dangerous land uses.

Below are examples of common zoning by-law terminology and standards within a residential context:

An example of common zoning by-law terminology and standards within a residential context

An example of common zoning by-law terminology and standards within a residential context

Common zoning terminology and standards in a mixed-use context:

An example of common zoning terminology and standards in a mixed-use context
Source: Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing, www.mah.gov.on.ca

Recent Meetings

Zoning Workshop #1 – Focus on Established Neighbourhoods

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Angus Glen Community Centre
3990 Major Mackenzie Drive East, Markham

Staff led a discussion focusing on an overview of current zoning and options to consider for lot frontage, building height, front yard setback, bulk and massing and garage projections. A workbook was distributed to all in attendance seeking their opinions and comments on the various options presented.

Established Neighbourhoods have been identified as existing residential neighbourhoods built before 1995 that can be defined geographically with housing forms that share physically definable characteristics. The September 5th Established Neighbourhoods presentation is available in PDF format. You can still participate in this workshop by completing this PDF September 5th workbook established neighbourhoods and submitting it to newzoningproject@marham.ca

 Zoning Workshop #2 – Focus On Commercial, Mixed-Use and Employment Areas

Monday, September 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Angus Glen Community Centre
3990 Major Mackenzie Drive East, Markham

Staff lad a discussion focusing on the new Commercial, Mixed-Use and Employment Area designations in the Official Plan and how they will be implemented in the new zoning by-law. A workbook was distributed to all in attendance seeking their opinions and comments on the various options presented.

Commercialand Employment Areas are places where, for example, shopping, office, sit down restaurants, take out restaurants and larger scale places of employment (such as factories) are located. Mixed Use areas have a mix of commercial, office and residential uses located together in one building or on one site. Options were also presented to consider potential zoning tools that may apply such as floor space index, building height, angular planes, street wall, tall building standards and setbacks. The September 11th Presentation Commercial Mixed Use and Employment Areas is available in PDF format. You can still participate in this workshop by completing the workbook on this PDF September 11th Workbook Commercial Mixed Use and Employment Areas and submitting it to newzoningproject@markham.ca

Upcoming Meetings

For upcoming meetings please visit our events calendar.

Feedback

You are encouraged to provide input to assist with the preparation of a new comprehensive zoning by-law for the City. There are a few ways to get involved:

Receive Notifications by Email:

Send your name and contact information to the Clerks Department, attention Kitty Bavington at kbavington@markham.ca, to receive information on upcoming meetings and events.

Attend Meetings and Events

Attend meetings and events to learn more about the project and provide input. Meetings and events will be posted on this page once scheduled.

Provide Your Feedback Online:

Provide Your Feedback Online

Contact

Contact the City's Planning Department at 905-477-7000 extension 2758.

Send your comments to:

New Zoning Project
Markham Civic Centre
101 Town Centre Boulevard
Markham, Ontario, L3R 9W3

View information in person at the Markham Civic Centre

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