The Town of Newmarket is reviewing its zoning by-laws, and welcomes your input. This page provides an overview of the review, offers information on the proposed changes, and details how you can provide your feedback.
What is this project?
A zoning by-law defines how land in a municipality is used including where different types of land uses such as residential and employment are allowed, how close buildings can be to a property line, how tall buildings can be, how much parking is required and other standards.
The current, in-effect Zoning By-law for the Town of Newmarket is Zoning By-law 2010-40, which was adopted by Newmarket Council in 2010. The Town of Newmarket is undertaking a review of Zoning By-law 2010-40 to address technical errors, improve clarity and
enforceability, respond to changing legislative and judicial decisions, address
new circumstances, and consolidate existing by-laws.
How will the review take place?
Over the past eight years of implementing the zoning by-law, and through the review of more than 30 zoning by-law amendments, 160 minor variances, and thousands of building permits, staff have identified improvements to the by-law that are required. Also important are changing provincial policies, evolving market forces, and decisions by the courts and administrative tribunals which must be considered and integrated into the by-law.
Staff have presented this initial work to Committee of the Whole in the following reports:
Planning Report 2018-21 linked above provides a full list of the proposed amendments to the zoning by-law. To see the existing zoning by-law, it is available here.
What is the status?
Council adopted By-law 2018-50 on September 24th, 2018, with the final recommended amendments. The By-law is available here. The Notice of Passing will be in the Newmarket Era newspaper on October 4th, 2018.