The City of Toronto Zoning By-law No. 1156-2010 (“Zoning By-law”) and all subsequent amendments to the Zoning By-law were repealed by City Council at its meeting on May 18, 2011. The Zoning By-law was the City’s attempt to regulate land use for the amalgamated City and harmonize the current 43 stand-alone zoning by-laws into one comprehensive by-law.

City Council has directed City Staff to conduct consultations with the numerous appellants (694 appeals filed) to the Zoning By-law and report back in October of 2011. A public meeting will be held on November 8, 2011 to consider whether to re-enact the Zoning By-law with any proposed revisions based on the consultations with appellants and councillors. The new Zoning By-law would then be considered for enactment by City Council on February 6, 2012. Transition provisions that may exempt rezoning and minor variance applications may also be included in the new Zoning By-law.

As the new Zoning By-law will affect all land owners in the City of Toronto, those who have land, or develop land in the City of Toronto should continue to monitor the proceedings. Appellants that previously filed appeals may have to file a new appeal depending on the outcome of consultations with the City. For landowners that did not previously file an appeal, there will now be a new opportunity to make oral submissions at a public meeting or provide written submissions to Council prior to the passing of the new Zoning By-law in February of 2012, so it is important to understand how the new Zoning By-law could affect your property.

In the interim, the old zoning by-laws are the only by-laws currently in effect.