As a response to public concern the Town of Halton Hills has completed 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 examined whether changes to the Town's Zoning By-law were needed to ensure that the character of the mature neighbourhoods of the hamlet can be maintained. The Study was conducted between Winter 2017 and Winter 2019.
Project Time Line
The Glen Williams Mature Neighbourhood Study was carried out in three phases (see the details below):
Phase 1 – Winter 2017/2018 -
Phase 2 – Spring/Summer 2018 -
Phase 3 – Winter 2019 - Completed
Adoption of Official Plan Amendment No. 34 and Zoning By-law 2019-0018
A Recommendation Report was prepared containing recommendations for proposed changes to the Town's Official Plan (Glen Williams Secondary Plan) and Comprehensive Zoning By-law. A link to the Recommendation Report is provided in the
Project Documents section below. Links to the Draft Official Plan Amendment and draft Zoning By-law Amendment are provided here.
On March 5th, 2019 the Town hosted a drop-in public open house at 6:00 pm, followed by a statutory public meeting before Council at 6:45 pm, to present and receive public comments on the Draft Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments. A link to the Public Meeting Presentation and Staff Report is provided here.
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.
Neighbourhood Walk of Glen Williams took place on Saturday March 24th. Please see below for a link to the Walking Tour Handout.
Public Workshop took place on Thursday May 3, 2018. Please see below for links to the Public Workshop Presentation and the Worksheets.
Public Open House was held on Thursday June 14, 2018. Please see below for links to the Public Open House presentation and work panels.
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.
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-2017-0027. Interim Control By-law
2017-0070 was enacted for
one year, On June 11, 2018 Council approved an extension to the By-law for a further six-months, until May 27, 2019 as the Glen Williams Mature Neighbourhood Study will not be completed by November 2018. If Zoning By-law 2019-0018 is not appeal and comes into force 16, 2019, the Interim Control By-law will expire on May 27, 2019.
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.