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    Town Initiated Zoning By-law Amendment Pertaining to Parking Requirements in Downtown Georgetown and Downtown Acton


    Current Parking Requirements for the Georgetown and Acton Downtown Areas

    Currently within the CZBL there are parking standards for both residential and non-residential uses as well as the provision for cash-in-lieu of parking. The parking provisions are currently applied Town wide.

    The parking provisions of the Comprehensive Zoning By-law currently apply when a new building or expansion to an existing building is proposed or when a new use in an existing building is proposed that has a higher parking requirement (for example a retail use changing to a restaurant use).

    Within the Downtown Commercial One (DC1) Zone (which is the zone for the main streets in the downtown areas), the CZBL also permits required parking spaces to be located on another lot within 500 metres of the lot on which parking would be required for the use, provided it is located within the same zone.

    In summary, based on the current provisions in the CZBL, within the DC1 Zone, should a new commercial use be proposed, or if a change in use is proposed and the new use requires additional parking spaces, additional parking would be required. If parking cannot be accommodated on the site, or parking cannot be secured on another site within 500 metres in the DC1 Zone, parking shortfalls are addressed on a case by case basis.


    Map Showing DC1 Zone in the Georgetown and Acton Downtown Areas


    Proposed Revisions to the Parking Requirements in Downtown Georgetown and Downtown Acton

    Based on the direction provided by Economic Development Committee through staff report PDS-2013-0048, staff have prepared a draft Zoning By-law Amendment which: 

    • Specifies that existing non-residential uses within existing buildings and structures in the Downtown Commercial One (DC1) Zone in downtown Georgetown and downtown Acton (as shown on the maps above) would be exempt from providing additional parking if they are converting to another non-residential use that would otherwise generate a requirement for additional parking (for example retail to restaurant). 
    • Specifies that any expansions to non-residential buildings within the DC1 Zones are not permitted to remove existing parking spaces unless the same number of parking spaces can be provided elsewhere on site, or if Council approves the provision of cash-in-lieu of the removed parking spaces.

    These revisions would still have the effect of triggering parking requirements in the DC1 Zones in downtown Georgetown and downtown Acton for the following:

    • construction of a new residential or non-residential building or structure; 
    • parking requirements generated as a result of an increase in net floor area due to an expansion to an existing non-residential building or structure; and, 
    • conversion of a residential use to a non-residential use.

    These types of applications would be assessed on a case by case basis, and to the extent that there are parking shortfalls, cash-in-lieu of parking may be an appropriate option. Planning staff will be preparing a subsequent report to Economic Development Committee with a proposed cash-in-lieu value for the Georgetown and Acton downtowns.


    Proposed Revisions to the Size of Home Occupations in the DC1 Zone

    In addition to the changes above, the draft amendment also proposes to make a minor revision to the home occupation provisions for permitted residential uses in the DC1 Zone. Currently the provisions in the Zoning By-law only allow a maximum of 15 square metres for all dwelling unit types. The threshold of 15 square metres is based on the parking requirements for home occupations. Once the home occupation exceeds 15 square metres, parking requirements are triggered.

    The standard in all other areas of the Town permit single detached units to have a maximum of 45 square metres or 25% of the floor area of the dwelling, provided the parking requirements can be met.  The draft amendment is proposing to apply the same standards for home occupations in single detached dwellings in the DC1 Zone as are currently applied in the rest of the Town. This is based on the expectation that parking requirements for home occupations in a single detached dwelling within the DC1 Zone could be accommodated, similar to other areas in the Town.


    Links to Staff Report(s)

    • PDS-2013-0048 – Options for Addressing Required Parking in Downtown Georgetown and Acton
    • PDS-2013-0082 - Proposed Value for Cash-in-Lieu of Parking in Downtown Georgetown
    • PDS-2013-0090 - Proposed Value for Cash-in-Lieu of Parking in Downtown Acton
    • PDS-2013-0089 - Proposed Parking Revisions to Parking Requirments in Downtown Georgetown - Recommendation Report
    • PDS-2013-0092 - Proposed Parking Revisions to Parking Requirments in Downtown Acton- Recommendation Report

    Links to Background Document(s)


    For more information

    Please visit the Planning, Development and Sustainability Department, Town of Halton Hills,
    1 Halton Hills Drive, Halton Hills, Ontario L7G 5G2, or contact:

    Tara Buonpensiero
    Senior Planner Policy
    Town of Halton Hills
    1 Halton Hills Drive
    Halton Hills ON L7G 5G2
    Email: Tara Buonpensiero
    Phone: 905-873-2601 ext. 2214


    Steve Burke
    Manager of Planning Policy
    Town of Halton Hills
    1 Halton Hills Drive
    Halton Hills ON L7G 5G2
    Email: Steve Burke
    Phone: 905-873-2601 ext. 2254




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