An information report respecting the revised draft zoning by-law will be considered by the Planning and Growth Management Committee on November 8, 2012.

Meetings with stakeholders on various matters directed at the October 12, 2012 Planning and Growth Management Committee meeting and discussed in the current staff report have not yet been completed. Reporting on the outcome of these meetings will result in further recommended changes to the draft zoning by-law.

As the draft zoning by-law will undergo change until it is passed by City Council, it is important to monitor changes and analyze potential impacts relative to existing development permissions and to get on the record with concerns in order to preserve your appeal rights.

Key Dates-New Zoning By-law

Key dates after the November 8, 2012 Planning and Growth Management Committee meeting are as follows:

  • January 30, 2013, statutory open house;
  • February 13, 2013, statutory public meeting; and
  • April/May, 2013, City Council passing the new zoning by-law followed by a 20 day appeal period.

Do not miss the opportunity to protect your appeal rights

Any changes to Official Plan policies and land use designations, permitted uses, maximum densities, height limits and other zoning performance standards may impact development permissions and the value of lands. The proposed transition provisions may not adequately protect your property rights.

Some key points that you may want to take into consideration, whether or not you are seeking to develop or redevelop land, are as follows:

  • City staff have not undertaken a comprehensive review of how the new zoning impacts each parcel of land in Toronto; nor will they undertake this analysis for the new Official Plan provisions. The onus is on the landowners to stay informed and get involved;
  • Any landowner who fails to express concerns or issues with the proposed new zoning or Official Plan policies prior to their passage by City Council will not be able to maintain an appeal of either document and risks not being added as a party to an appeal at the Ontario Municipal Board; and
  • For sites not omitted from the new zoning-by-law or developments not otherwise exempted, after the new zoning by-law is passed and while it is under appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board, the Chief Building Official is likely to treat the new zoning, as passed by City Council as "applicable law" when considering the issuance of building permits where new zoning is more restrictive than the existing zoning.