Automotive Commercial Uses in Georgetown
Draft Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments
Official Plan Amendment
Existing automotive commercial uses in Georgetown are concentrated along Guelph Street and Mountainview Road North. The existing automotive dealerships are within two main land use designations in the Official Plan, which are the Corridor Commercial Area designation and the Georgetown Community Node - Secondary Commercial Sub-Area designation.
Automotive commercial uses are permitted within the Corridor Commercial Area designation; however there are limited opportunities for the location or expansion of automotive commercial uses on properties within this designation. Currently automotive commercial uses are not permitted within the Georgetown Community Node – Secondary Commercial Sub-Area designation.
Currently within the Georgetown Urban Area, there are limited opportunities for automotive dealerships to relocate, redevelop or expand, except on their current sites. In light of the limited opportunities for the relocation or expansion of automotive commercial uses within Georgetown, combined with the numerous economic benefits provided by automotive retailers, a draft Official Plan Amendment has been prepared which proposes to:
Add automotive commercial uses as a permitted use in the Secondary Commercial Sub-Area designation.
Re-designate the property at 0 and 29 Todd Road (which is the property behind Georgetown Toyota) from General Employment Area to Secondary Commercial Sub-Area to enable Georgetown Toyota to expand their business by building a new dealership.
In addition to the main objective of the Amendment as summarized above, this Amendment also brings forward the policies previously included in Official Plan Amendment No. 10 (which is awaiting Regional/Ontario Municipal Board approval) to enable Council to waive the requirements for a Comprehensive Development Plan in the Secondary Commercial Sub-Area and Mixed-Use Sub-Area. Waiving this requirement would be subject to a number of criteria, some of which include demonstrating that the development will contribute to the vibrancy of the area, can be easily integrated with other uses, will not cause traffic hazards, etc.
Refer to the key map for the location of the subject lands.
Zoning By-law Amendment
On July 19, 2010, Council approved By-law 2010-0050 and on February 1, 2011 the Ontario Municipal Board issued an Order putting the unappealed portions of the Town of Halton Hills Comprehensive Zoning By-law (By-law 2010-0050) into full force and effect, retroactive to the Council approval date of July 19, 2010.
Through the Comprehensive Zoning By-law (CZBL) review process, a number of properties were excluded from the new Zoning By-law and remained subject to the previous applicable Zoning By-laws. These exclusions were primarily to allow development applications that were underway to proceed to completion under the existing zoning regime, or to give further consideration to the policy context for this area before recommending inclusion in the CZBL.
To align with the Official Plan, currently automotive commercial uses are permitted within the Corridor Commercial Zone.
The draft Zoning By-law Amendment proposes to:
Include a number of properties currently used for automotive commercial uses that are currently not included in the Comprehensive Zoning By-law into the By-law within the Georgetown Community Node Two (GCN2) Zone.
Permit automotive commercial uses (including motor vehicle sales and rental establishments and accessory motor vehicle repair establishments and motor vehicle washing establishments) within in the Georgetown Community Node Two (GCN2) Zone.
Link to Staff Report
PDS-2012-0030 - Automotive Commercial Uses in the Secondary Commercial Sub-Area of the Georgetown Community Node.