Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review

Notice of Public Meeting – General Amendment to Comprehensive Zoning By-law HC 1-2020

Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Place: Haldimand County Administration Building. Council Chambers located at 53 Thorburn Street South, Cayuga

Haldimand County is undertaking a general amendment to Comprehensive Zoning By-law HC 1-2020 to address organization and maintenance items that include updates to the following:

  • Definitions
  • Garden Suites
  • Secondary Suites
  • Residential parking in the downtown core
  • Vacation Dwellings
  • And minor housekeeping revisions

Should you have any questions regarding this by-law, please contact Shannon VanDalen, Manager – Planning & Development or Christina Botas, Administrative Assistant – Planning & Development.

Haldimand County has generated a Comprehensive Zoning By-law, which amalgamates and replaces the three separate By-laws from the former municipalities;

  • the City of Nanticoke Zoning By-law NE 1-2000
  • the Town of Haldimand Zoning By-law 1-H 86
  • the Town of Dunnville Zoning By-law 1-DU 80

The new By-law ensures the consistency of zone categories, definitions, general standards and provisions throughout the County. It incorporates updates and changes to the By-laws, and conforms to the policies of the Haldimand County Official Plan.

View Zoning By-law Document Here:

Comprehensive Zoning By-law HC 1-2020

Public Consultation Video Below!

Comprehensive Zoning By-law Interactive Map

An interactive Zoning map has been generated to coincide with the Comprehensive Zoning By-law, allowing users to access to most up-to-date information and confirm property zoning, including any site specific provisions.

View Instructional Mapping Document Here:

``How-to`` Instructional Mapping PDF
Interactive Zoning Map: FULL SCREEN

Comprehensive Zoning By-law Document

Main benefits:

  • Contemporary document that contains modern terms, language, and standards that are consistent across the entire County
  • User friendly document that is easy to navigate and understand
  • Broader permissions/flexibility for repairs and expansions to legal non-conforming uses
  • Updated standards for land use separation, parking, and servicing/development

Key changes:

  • Increased range of permitted uses in various zones (i.e. more value added to agricultural uses; more downtown commercial uses)
  • Consolidation of zones
  • Flexible/permissive zoning (i.e. hazard overlays; criteria-based uses)
  • New as-of-right permissions (i.e. secondary units; group homes; special events; garden suites; restaurant patios)

These changes are intended to lead to fewer application requirements and a streamlined process in support of economic opportunity and personal property development!

Interactive Zoning Map

Main Benefits:

  • GIS-enabled map allows uses to “click-and-confirm” property zoning and any site specific provisions
  • Up-to-date information to confirm zoning
  • “Clean-up” of perperties with split/sliver zones to create one continuous zone
  • Changing some property zones to align with use of the property and/or remove outdated zoning classification
  • Easy to navigate/understand mapping with distinct lines and colour coded zones

This map equips staff and public with a significantly enhanced mapping tool, that reduces the potential for error and time consuming zone boundary interpretations!

What is a Zoning By-law?

A Zoning By-law is a detailed municipal By-law that regulates the types of land uses and activities that may occur on a property or within buildings; and the height, location, massing and character of buildings and structures.

The specific matters that may be regulated by a Zoning By-law are outlined in the Ontario Planning Act. The Planning Act allows the Council of Haldimand County to pass Zoning By-laws to restrict the use of land, and to regulate the size, location and character of buildings and structures within the County.

Zoning By-laws are used by municipalities in Ontario to manage land use compatibility and manage the character and appearance of neighbourhoods and communities.  Zoning By-laws are also prepared to implement the policies of a municipality’s Official Plan, which establishes goals and policies respecting the types of permitted land uses and desired built form within different geographic areas of the municipality.

The Zoning By-law is used to translate these policies into more specific permitted land uses, and lays out the requirements for lot and buildings by establishing zone categories and regulations which apply to all lands in the municipality.

A Zoning By-law is primarily implemented through the Building Permit application process. Where a property owner or occupant wishes to construct something on their property, and applies for a Building Permit, the proposal must conform to the provisions of the Zoning By-law.  If the proposal does not conform to the Zoning By-law, the applicant can:

  1. Apply for a minor variance to seek relief from the provisions of the Zoning By-law;
  2. Apply for a rezoning (Zoning By-law Amendment) to change their zone or seek major relief from the provisions of the Zoning By-law; or
  3. The applicant can rework their proposal so that it complies with the Zoning By-law.