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    Premier Gateway Employment Area Zoning By-law and Urban Design Review


    Purpose of the Review:

    The purpose of the project is to review and update the applicable zoning standards and Urban Design Guidelines for the Premier Gateway Employment Area to ensure that the standards achieve desirable development and are responsive to the needs of business.


    Need for the Review:

    The applicable zoning for the Halton Hills Premier Gateway Employment Area (Zoning By-law 00-138) was approved by Council in 2000 (OMB approved 2002).  Over the past 15 years, numerous developments have been constructed in the area under the Zoning By-law with success, however through application of the By-law, Town Staff and the Business Community have noted that some of the standards may no longer be appropriate or need to be updated.  Standards in the By-law related to employee parking, setbacks, commercial vehicle waiting spaces, loading docks, and minimum landscaping requirements have been identified as needing further review and possible updating to be more consistent with today’s standards and best practices.
    The Urban Design Guidelines for the Premier Gateway (then known as the 401 Corridor) were developed 15 years ago and are a “1st Generation” document, representing the Town’s first formalized application of urban design control to industrial and commercial development.  The document has served the Town well over the years, however, a review of the design principles, concepts, standards, and provided examples and images, is now warranted, to align with sustainable development practices, current building practices, and modern designs as may be required.


    Study Area:

    The study area for the project will encompass the lands in the Premier Gateway that are subject to Zoning By-law 00-138 as shown below:


    Review Process:

    Terms of Reference have been approved for the project (PI-2016-0009) which outline a 3 phase process that is expected to take 12-24 months to complete.  This project will complement work being undertaken as part of the Phase 1B Secondary Plan Project to develop appropriate zoning standards and Urban Design Guidelines for the new employment area.

    The Town has retained the firms of Macaulay Shiomi Howson and Brook McIIlroy to undertake the project.


    Public Consultation:

    Two public open houses will be held for the project.  Details will be provided at a later date.
    In the meantime, to be added to the study contact list please Join Our Mailing List, to stay informed with e-newsletters, notices of public meetings and consultation opportunities.

    Note: Information will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.


    Staff Reports/Documents

    • PI-2016-0009 - Terms of Reference
    • Study Initiation Notice (coming soon)



    To be determined


    Study Reports

    To be posted as completed



    Please visit Planning, Development and Sustainability at the Town Hall for more information, or contact:

    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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