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    Zoning

    1. What are the zoning services in the Town of Halton Hills?
    2. How do I obtain a survey of my property?
    3. I would like to know the zoning of a specific property and its permitted uses.
    4. What are the zoning standards for constructing an accessory building (such as sheds and garages)?
    5. What is the difference between the local Zoning By-laws and Niagara Escarpment Regulations?
    6. Is property just the land?
    7. Under what authority do municipalities have the power to pass Zoning By-laws?
    8. What does a Zoning By-law regulate?
    9. What is an Accessory Building or Structure?
    10. Does a Zoning By-law regulate the user of land?
    11. Is a Zoning By-law ever changed?
    12. How does one determine what uses are permitted in a particular Zone?
    13. Where can one access standards for minimum lot area, minimum frontage requirements, minimum yard requirements, maximum permitted height of buildings and in some cases the minimum required landscaped open space on the lot.
    14. Is there a list of General Provisions pertaining to standards for all properties in all zones?
    15. Does the Zoning By-law regulate parking and loading requirements?
    16. What is a "Holding Provision"?
    17. What is an "Official Plan"?
    18. How do I get a compliance letter and how long does it take?
    19. How do I get relief from a provision of the Zoning By-law?
    20. What is the process for designation of properties in the Town?

     

    What are the zoning services in the Town of Halton Hills?

    • Assignment of municipal addresses
    • Issuance of building and zoning compliance letters
    • Review of building permit applications for compliance with:
      • Zoning By-laws
      • Other Applicable Laws
    • Commenting on Planning Development Applications for:
      • Re-Zoning
      • Site Plan
      • Official Plan Amendments
    • General Inquiries about:
      • Zoning
      • Other Applicable Laws
      • Land Use and other related matters
    Zoning Officer 905-873-2601 ext. 2320

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    How do I obtain a survey of my property?

    Copies of legal surveys are not provided. However, contact the Towns Freedom of Information Coordinator regarding information requests.

    Freedom of Information Coordinator 905-873-2601 ext. 2356

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    I would like to know the zoning of a specific property and its permitted uses.

    There are different area Zoning By-laws that apply to lands within the Town of Halton Hills.

    Zoning Officer 905-873-2601 ext. 2320

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    What are the zoning standards for constructing an accessory building (such as sheds and garages)?

    There are three different area By-laws that apply to lands within the Town of Halton Hills, which regulate the construction of accessory buildings. Standards regulating the height, size, location and setbacks are dependent upon the zoning of the property, the type of accessory building, and whether the lot is an interior or corner lot.

    Zoning Officer 905-873-2601 ext. 2320
    Zoning By-law 2010-0050

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    What is the difference between the local Zoning By-laws and Niagara Escarpment Regulations?

    Both regulate land use, but the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act and Niagara Escarpment Development Control Regulation is a Provincial development control statute, which supersede any local Zoning By-laws.

    Zoning Officer 905-873-2601 ext. 2320
    Niagara Escarpment
    Zoning By-law 2010-0050

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    Is property just the land?

    Property is defined in the by-law. Besides the land, it includes buildings, structures, mobile homes, mobile buildings, mobile structures, outbuildings, fences and anything erected on the land, buildings or structures.

    Zoning Officer 905-873-2601 ext. 2320

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    Under what authority do municipalities have the power to pass Zoning By-laws?

    Section 34 of the Ontario Planning Act grants the statutory authority to municipal Councils to pass Zoning By-laws.

    Zoning Officer 905-873-2601 ext. 2320
    Zoning By-law No. 2010-0050

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    What does a Zoning By-law regulate?

    • Prohibit the use of land or buildings for any use that is not specifically permitted by the by-law;
    • Prohibit the erection or siting of buildings and structures on a lot except in locations permitted by the by-law;
    • Regulate the type of construction and the height, bulk, location, size, floor area, spacing and use of buildings or structures;
    • Regulate the minimum frontage and depth of a parcel of land;
    • Regulate the proportion of a lot that any building or structure may occupy;
    • Regulate the minimum elevation of doors, windows or other openings and buildings or structures;
    • Require that parking and loading facilities be provided and maintained for a purpose permitted by the by-law;
    • Prohibit the use of lands and the erection of buildings or structures on land that is:
      • Subject to flooding;
      • The site of steep slopes;
      • Rocky, low lying, marshy or unstable;
      • Contaminated;
      • A sensitive groundwater recharge area or headwater area;
      • The location of a sensitive aquifer;
      • A significant wildlife habitat area, wetland, woodland, ravine, valley, or area of natural and scientific interest;
      • A significant corridor or shoreline of a lake, river or stream; or,
      • The site of a significant archaeological resource.
    Zoning Officer 905-873-2601 ext. 2320

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    What is an Accessory Building or Structure?

    An Accessory Building or Structure is defined as "the use of which is naturally or normally incidental to, subordinate to, or exclusively devoted to the principal use or building, and located on the same lot and that is not used for human habitation”.

    Zoning Officer 905-873-2601 ext. 2320

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    Does a Zoning By-law regulate the user of land?

    Zoning by-laws in Ontario are not permitted to regulate the user of land, only the use of land.

    Zoning Officer 905-873-2601 ext. 2320
    Zoning By-law 2010-0050

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    Is a Zoning By-law ever changed?

    Yes, a zoning By-law can be amended over time as demands and policies governing land use change.

    Zoning Officer 905-873-2601 ext. 2320
    Zoning By-law 2010-0050

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    How does one determine what uses are permitted in a particular Zone?

    The maps attached to the zoning by-law identify the zone for properties in the Town. When you look in the by-law for the zone you will see "Permitted Uses" tables that list the building types or uses permitted in a particular zone and then indicate what standards apply. "Special Provisions" that may affect the use of the property follow each "Permitted Uses".

    Zoning Officer 905-873-2601 ext. 2320
    Zoning By-law 2010-0050

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    Where can one access standards for minimum lot area, minimum frontage requirements, minimum yard requirements, maximum permitted height of buildings and in some cases the minimum required landscaped open space on the lot.

    In the zoning by-law these standards are displayed in a "Zone Standards" table. "Special Provisions" that may affect these standards follow each "Zone Standards" table.

    Zoning Officer 905-873-2601 ext. 2320
    Zoning By-law 2010-0050

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    Is there a list of General Provisions pertaining to standards for all properties in all zones?

    Yes, Part 4 of By-law 2010-0050 contains a more general set of standards known as "General Provisions" that apply to all properties in all zones. These provisions include, but are not limited to:

    • air conditioners, heat pumps, pool pumps, filters & heaters
    • communication dishes
    • decks
    • encroachments into required yards
    • exceptions to height requirements
    • frontage on a public street
    • home occupations/cottage industries
    • home industries
    • minimum distance separation
    • multiple zones on one lot
    • non-complying building & structures
    • non-complying lots
    • non conforming uses
    • outdoor storage
    • play structures
    • prohibited uses
    • ramps and barrier free access
    • sewage & water services
    • site triangles
    • solar panels
    Zoning Officer 905-873-2601 ext. 2320

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    Does the Zoning By-law regulate parking and loading requirements?

    Yes, Part 5 of By-law 2010-0050 provides parking and loading requirements for all uses.

    Zoning Officer 905-873-2601 ext. 2320
    Zoning By-law 2010-0050

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    What is a "Holding Provision"?

    Where a zone symbol is followed by the letter (H), no person shall use the land to which the letter (H) applies for any use other than the use which legally existed on the date the by-law applying the holding provision came into effect, or expand or replace an existing building or structure, as the case may be until the (H) is removed.

    Planning, Development and Sustainability 905-873-2601 ext. 2291
    Zoning By-law 2010-0050

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    What is an "Official Plan"?

    An Official Plan contains goals, objectives and policies established primarily to manage and direct physical change and the effects on the social, economic and natural environment of a municipality or part of it, or an area that is without a municipal organization. The Region of Halton has an Official Plan which takes precedence over the Town of Halton Hills Official Plan and any zoning by-law must comply with the provisions contained in both the Region of Halton and the Town of Halton Hills Official Plans.

    Zoning Officer 905-873-2601 ext. 2320

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    How do I get a compliance letter and how long does it take?

    A compliance letter is often required as a condition of a property sale to determine if there are any outstanding permits or infractions. A written request to the infrastructure Services Department with the applicable fee for each property. Allow 10 working days for a response.

    Zoning Officer 905-873-2601 ext. 2320

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    How do I get relief from a provision of the Zoning By-law?

    Relief may be granted by the Town by either a Minor Variance or by a Zoning Amendment. Approval of a minor variance or an amending by-law is required and must be final and binding.

    Development and Sustainability Department 905-873-2601 ext. 2291
    Zoning By-law 2010-0050

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    What is the process for designation of properties in the Town?

    The Town only proceeds with designation of a property if it is initiated by the property owner, unless the property owner of a listed property seeks demolition. If this is the case, the heritage value of that property is reviewed by Heritage Halton Hills. The designation of each of these properties, except for the Barber Paper Mill, was initiated by the property owner. Since the practice of formally listing properties on the Town’s Register began in 2007, only one property has been designated without consent of the property owner. Property owners may appeal the designation of their property to the Conservation Review Board.

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