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Glen Williams Mature Neighbourhood Study
Glen William's Mature Neighbourhood Study
As a response to public concern the Town of Halton Hills is currently undertaking a planning study regarding the potential impact of the construction of large-scale residential rebuilds (often referred to as "monster homes") on the character and appearance of the mature neighbourboods of Glen Williams. The study will examine whether changes to the Town's Zoning By-law are needed to ensure that the character of the mature neighbourhoods of the hamlet can be maintained. It will be very similar to the Mature Neighbourhood Character Study that was undertaken for Georgetown and Acton in 2016/2017 (see
http://www.haltonhills.ca/neighbourhoodcharacter/index.php). The Study will be conducted between Winter 2017 and Winter 2018.
Project Time Line
The Glen Williams Mature Neighbourhood Study is proposed to be carried out in three phases (see the details below):
Phase 1 – Winter 2017/2018
Phase 2 – Spring/Summer 2018
Phase 3 – Fall/Winter 2018
In June 2017 the Town Council approved a Work Plan for undertaking a Mature Neighbourhood Study for the Hamlet of Glen Williams. The Study is to focus on the regulatory framework of the Town's Zoning By-law and assess whether it is effective in maintaining the character of the mature neighbourhoods of Glen Williams.
Study Terms of Reference On November 27, 2017the Town Council approved the Terms of Reference for a Mature Neighbourhood Study of the Hamlet of Glen Williams. Council directed that the consultants MacNaughton Hermsen Britton Clarkson Planning Limited (MHBC) should be retained to undertake this study, under the direction of Town staff.
Anne Fisher, MCIP, RPP, MRTPI, CAHP Heritage Planner Town of Halton Hills 905 873 2601 ext.2358 firstname.lastname@example.org
Interim Control By-law 2017-0070
In order to restrict any large scale single-detached dwellings within mature neighbourhoods of Glen Williams during completion of the Mature Neighbourhoods Character Study, Council enacted Interim Control By-law 2017-0070 on November 27, 2017, through Report
PLS-2017-0028. Interim Control By-law 2017-0070 was enacted for
The Interim Control By-law 2017-0070 prohibits any new single-detached dwellings on existing lots of record or additions to existing single-detached dwellings, resulting in greater than a twenty-five percent (25%) increase in gross floor area while the Glen Williams Mature Neighbourhood Study is being undertaken. The effect of this by-law is to prevent large new house construction and large new additions to existing houses in the mature neighbourhoods of Glen Williams until the completion of the Glen Williams Mature Neighbourhood Study (i.e. for one year until November 26, 2018). The mature neighbourhoods that are affected by this by-law are shown in the map below:
Exceptions to Interim Control By-law 2017-0070
In order to allow some flexibility into this process the Town Council has adopted an Exception Process for the areas covered by Interim Control By-law 2017-0070. The details of the Exception Process are detailed below:
The purpose of the Exception Process is to allow consideration of exceptions to the Interim Control By-law to be considered on a case-by-case basis. If changes you wish to make to your property are prevented by Interim Control By-law 2017-0070 you can apply for your proposals to be considered as an exception to the by-law.
Application Submission Requirements
To be considered as an exception to Interim Control By-law 2017-0070 you must provide the following information to the Town's Planning and Sustainability Department:
the address, lot dimensions, and legal survey of the property in question;
photos of all four sides of the existing dwelling (front, sides, and rear), as well as photos of the streetscape that show the relationship between the existing dwelling and adjacent dwellings;
the gross floor area of the existing dwelling with dimensioned floor plans;
the gross floor area, dimensioned floor plans and conceptual site plan of the proposed dwelling or addition;
four elevations of the proposed dwelling or addition (front, sides, and rear);
explanation of how the proposed dwelling or addition is compatible with the existing character of the neighbourhood; and,
the applicant's contact information.
Town Staff will notify all abutting property owners of any requests for an exception from Interim Control By-law 207-0070. Abutting property owners will be given ten (10) days to make a written submission to the Town for staff consideration.
Abutting property owners are those who own property on either side and across the street within 25 metres of the subject property.
Town Staff will review exception requests to ensure coordination and compliance with municipal zoning regulations and building permit processes as well as assessing the following impacts of the proposed new dwelling/addition:
Physical Character ts compatibility with the physical character of the existing neighbourhood (in particular how its height, massing, roof lines, and built form relate to the existing neighbourhood); and,
Streetscape Character Its compatibility with the streetscape character of the existing neighbourhood (in particular how its setbacks, projections, siting on property, and relationship to adjacent dwellings relate to the existing streetscape of the surrounding neighbourhood).
Following the review a recommendation will be presented in a staff report to Committee/Council for approval.
If an exception is granted by Council, the Town will notify all abutting property owners. There will then be a sixty (60) day appeal period (as required by the Planning Act). The Town will only issue the required building permits for proposed residential dwellings or additions after a site-specific exemption has been granted by Council and the associated appeal period has lapsed.
The Town of Halton Hills is seeking volunteers who are interested in serving on the Steering Committee for the Glen Williams Mature Neighbourhood Study.
This Study will examine the issue of large home re-builds in the older, established residential neighbourhoods of Glen Williams
to determine if the regulatory framework of the Town’s Zoning By-law is effective in maintaining the character and integrity of these neighbourhoods. More information on the Study can be obtained from the Town’s website at www. haltonhills.ca/GlenWilliamsNeighbourhoodStudy/index.php
The role of the Steering Committee will be to:
• provide comments during the study process;
• assist with issue identification and resolution;
• liaise with key community stakeholders to ensure study awareness; and,
• meet as needed, to monitor the progress of the study.
To be eligible to serve on the Steering Committee, applicants must:
• be a resident and/or land owner of property in Glen Williams;
• be over the age of 18 years;
• demonstrate a strong knowledge or interest in maintaining the character of of Glen Williams; and,
• not be employed by the Town of Halton Hills.
By the deadline of 4:30pm on Friday, January 26, 2018, applicants must: