Zoning Issues Analysis

Complete and endorsed by City Council in March 2016.

In April 2014, Gladki Planning Associates (GPA) was retained by the City as the lead consultant to complete Phase 1 and Phase 2 (Strategic Direction). This work includes twenty discussion papers examining specific zoning issues and topics, including recommendations to guide the drafting of the new comprehensive zoning by-law.

Three Open Houses were held in Fall 2015, to present information and obtain input on the Phase 1 draft discussion papers.

On March 29, 2016, Markham’s Development Services Committee endorsed the Zoning Issues Analysis Report which summarizes the twenty draft discussion papers.

Staff Reports to Development Services Committee:

  • Recommendation Report - Zoning Issues Analyzing Project Phase 1, March 29, 2016
    • Presentation - Summary of Feedback Received During Phase 1, March 29, 2016
  • Information Report - Update on Markham’s New Comprehensive Zoning By-law Project, October 2015
  • Information Report - Update on Markham's New Comprehensive Zoning By-Law Project, September 2015
    • Appendix A - Markham ZBL Strategy Task 9 Parking and Loading Report, August 17, 2015 Draft
    • Appendix B - Markham ZBL Strategy Task 16a Medical Marihuana Facilities, August 10, 2015 Draft
    • Appendix C - Markham ZBL Strategy Task 16B Addiction-Recovery Centres Report, August 18, 2015 Draft
    • Appendix D - Task 17 Adult Entertainment
    • Appendix E - Development Services Committee Presentation, September 22
  • Information Report - Update on Markham’s New Comprehensive Zoning By-law Project, PR 13 13 128340 (10.5), May 2015
    • Appendix A
    • Appendix B - Draft Zoning By-law Amendments (Site Specifics) Paper (Task 4a)
    • Appendix C - Draft Definitions Paper (Task 5)
    • Appendix D - Draft Automotive Uses Paper (Task 7)
    • Appendix E - Draft Drive Through Facilities Paper (Task 8)
    • Appendix F - Draft Residential Accessory Structures & Amenity Space Paper (Task 10)
    • Appendix G - Draft Places of Worship Paper (Task 14)
    • Appendix H - Draft Hazardous Lands & Greenway System Paper (Task 15)
    • Appendix I - Presentation
  • Information Report - Update on Markham’s New Comprehensive Zoning By-Law Project, PR 13 128340 (10.5), March 2015
    • Appendix A
    • Appendix B - Task 1 - Draft Guiding Principles Discussion Paper
    • Appendix C - Task 2 - Draft Official Plan Conformity Discussion Paper
    • Appendix D - Task 3 - Draft Existing Zoning By-laws (format, layout, structure, mapping & methodology) Discussion Paper
    • Appendix E - Task 4b - Draft Minor Variance Discussion Paper
    • Appendix F - Task 6 - Draft GIS/ITS Discussion Paper
    • Appendix G - Presentation by GPA
  • Information Report - Update on Markham's New Comprehensive Zoning By-law Project, September 2014
  • Award of Proposal Report - April 2014
  • Preliminary Report - Initiation of Markham's New Comprehensive Zoning By-Law Project, November 2013

Phase 1 Open Houses

  • Open House #3 Presentation - December 8, 2015
    • Automotive Uses
    • Drive-throughs
    • Affordable & Shared Housing
    • Student Housing
    • Adult Entertainment & Sex Industry Uses
    • Medical Marihuana Production Facilities
    • Addiction & Recovery Centres
    • Geographic Information Systems & Information Technology
  • Open House #2 Presentation - November 12, 2015
    • Residential Infill Housing
    • Interface Between Residential & Non-Residential Uses
    • Residential Accessory Structures & Amenity Space
    • Home Occupations
    • Greenway System, Hazardous Lands & Special Policy Areas
    • Parking Standards
    • Places of Worship
    • Geographic Information Systems & Information Technology
  • Open House #1 Presentation - November 5, 2015
    • Official Plan Conformity
    • Zoning By-law Format, Layout & Structure
    • Zoning By-law Definitions
    • Site-specific Zoning Amendments
    • Minor Variances
    • Geographic Information Systems & Information Technology

Phase 1 Draft Discussion Papers

  • Task 1 - Guiding Principles and Parameters & Trends and Issues in Zoning Controls
  • Task 2 - City Official Plan and City Guidelines, Policies & Plans
  • Task 3 - Review & Assessment of Existing City Parent Zoning By-laws
  • Task 4A - Review & Assessment - Site Specific Zoning Amendments
  • Task 4B - Review & Assessment of Minor Variances
  • Task 5 - Review & Assessment of Zoning By-law Definitions
  • Task 6 - Review & Assessment of Geographic Information & Technology Strategy
  • Task 7 - Review & Assessment of Automotive Related Uses
  • Task 8 - Review & Assessment of Drive-Through Facilities
  • Task 9 - Review & Assessment of Parking and Loading Standards
  • Task 10 - Review & Assessment of Residential Accessory Structures and Amenity Space
  • Task 11 - Review & Assessment of Home Occupations
  • Task 12 - Review & Assessment of Infill Zoning Standards and Interface between Residential and Non-Residential Uses
  • Task 13A - Review & Assessment of Affordable and Shared Housing, and Secondary Suites
  • Task 13B - Review & Assessment of Student Housing
  • Task 14 - Review & Assessment of Places of Worship
  • Task 15 - Review & Assessment - Hazardous Lands and Greenway
  • Task 16A - Review & Assessment of Medical Marihuana Production Facilities
  • Task 16B - Review & Assessment of Addiction/Recovery Centres
  • Task 17 - Review & Assessment of Adult Entertainment & Sex Industry