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Zoning By-law Review

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Introduction

The Town of Caledon has initiated a review and update of the Town's Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2006-50 and has retained Meridian Planning Consultants to assist in this project.

Objectives  

The objective of the Zoning By-law Review and Update is to create a more reader-friendly, concise and forward-thinking zoning document by making key revisions to various provisions and standards that will assist in the interpretation and understanding of the document.

This review is also intended to align the Zoning By-law with current planning policies and to improve its structure and format for ease of understanding and implementation.

Principles

The following guiding principles were established for the Zoning By-law review project. These principles serve to guide future decision-making on By-law review matters.

  • Recognize updated legislation and planning policy
  • Eliminate duplication and redundancy
  • Create a user friendly document
  • Appropriately implement design documents
  • Maintain existing standards and permissions (where possible)
  • Avoid site-specific considerations

Process

#1: Expedited Industrial and Commercial Zoning Review

As a first step in this project, the Town focused on an expedited review of Industrial and Commercial policies and designations in the Town of Caledon Official Plan and how they are being implemented in the Zoning By-law. This component of the project was completed through the adoption by Council of By-law 2016-100 on November 29, 2016.  

#2: Cannabis Production Facilities

The Town is currently in the process of reviewing existing zoning provisions that pertain to cannabis production facilities (see Staff Memorandum dated December 11, 2018 as included in the General Committee Meeting Agenda for information). It is expected that a Public Meeting regarding this matter will be conducted in the spring of 2019, which will propose to amend the existing definition and general provisions relating to a medical marihuana production facility to also include recreational cannabis production.

Notice of Application and Public Meeting (March 19, 2019) 

Proposed Draft By-law 

A Public Meeting was held on March 19, 2019 to consider the proposed Zoning By-law.

On April 23, 2019 and April 30, 2019, Council considered Staff Report 2019-36, Proposed Town-Wide Zoning By-law Amendment to Permit Cannabis Production Facilities, which provided recommendations to Council to enact a Zoning By-law Amendment to permit cannabis production facilities within the Town.

As recommended by the Staff Report, Council passed By-law 2019-27 to amend Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2006-50, as amended, to permit and regulate cannabis production facilities in Prestige Industrial (MP) and Service Industrial (MS) zones within the Town of Caledon, by deleting, adding and amending definitions and general provisions to reflect new legislation and requirements and changing the permitted use in the A2-595 zone to permit a cannabis production facility rather than a medical marihuana production facility. The By-law is currently within the appeal period and is not in full force and effect.

At the April 30th Council Meeting, the Staff Report recommendation was amended through a Notice of Motion by Council to add the following paragraphs:

  • That the growing, producing, processing, etc. of Cannabis on lands designated Prime Agricultural Area, General Agricultural and Rural lands be reviewed as part of the Agriculture Policy review of the Official Plan; and
  • That the growing of Cannabis on lands zoned Agricultural (A1 and A1-ORM), Rural (A2 and A2-ORM) and Small Agricultural holdings (A3 and A3-ORM) be considered as part of the current 2019 review of the Zoning By-law.

Additional information in regards to future steps in the Zoning By-law Review process will be announced on this page in the future.

Contact

For further information please contact Stephanie McVittie, Senior Development Planner, 905-584-2272 x. 4253 or stephanie.mcvittie @caledon.ca in the Community Services - Planning and Development Department.