An Official Plan is a statutory document that sets out land use policies to guide future development and manage growth in the City of Markham. If an applicant proposes to develop a property differently than what the Official Plan prescribes, they must apply for an amendment to the Official Plan.
Zoning By-laws regulate land use (residential, commercial, industrial, etc.) and development standards for building on a property (lot size, height, frontage, etc.). If an applicant proposes to develop a property differently than what the Zoning By-law(s) prescribes, they must apply for an amendment to the Zoning By-law (Rezoning).
Applications for Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Amendment can be applied for together under one Planning Project (PLAN) application.
The timing for a Council decision to be rendered for combined Official Plan and Zoning Amendment applications will take 120 days. The timing for Zoning Amendments only will take 90 days.