A proposed zoning framework to bring the City’s zoning by-laws into conformity with Official Plan Amendment 231 (OPA 231) was endorsed by the Planning and Housing Committee on December 10, 2019. There are two phases proposed: Phase 1 would remove zoning permissions for sensitive uses and other non-permitted uses in industrial zones in all former general zoning by-laws and the city-wide Zoning By-law for lands designated as Employment Areas in the Official Plan. Phase 2 would bring all lands designated as Employment Areas in the Official Plan into city-wide Zoning By-law 569-2013 and amend the permitted uses to ensure conformity with OPA 231.
At the time of enactment of city-wide Zoning By-law 569-2013 on May 9, 2013, lands with industrial zoning in the former general zoning by-laws that did not conform to the Employment Area policies of the Official Plan were left out of the city-wide Zoning By-law. As a result, the former general zoning by-laws are still in effect for these lands.
At its meeting on December 16, 17 and 18, 2013, City Council adopted Official Plan Amendment 231 (OPA 231) for Employment Areas as part of the five-year Official Plan and Municipal Comprehensive Review for Employment Lands. OPA 231 affirmed that sensitive uses should not locate in these areas.
The former general zoning by-laws permit a number of uses no longer contemplated for lands designated as Employment Areas in the Official Plan, including many sensitive uses, such as day nurseries, places of worship, education uses and hotels.
Phase 1 of the study would remove zoning permissions for sensitive and other non-permitted uses in industrial zones in all former general zoning by-laws and the city-wide Zoning By-law for lands designated as Employment Areas in the Official Plan. The Phase 1 review was recently completed. Consultation with stakeholders and the public will be held to obtain feedback on the Phase 1 findings and recommendations.
A Final Recommendations Report and Zoning By-law Amendments is anticipated by the end of 2020. This report will also include discussion regarding next steps on Phase 2 of the framework.
Two public consultation meetings are planned where you can learn more about this study, ask questions and share your comments. Based on the expert advice of our Medical Officer of Health to practice physical distancing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of Toronto residents and our staff, these meetings will be online and phone-in only.
November 2, 2020
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
November 4, 2020
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
You can join the meetings by phone or online. The call-in number and meeting link will be provided a few days in advance of the meetings on the City Planning Consultations page. Search Upcoming Events for the “Zoning Conformity for Official Plan Employment Areas” listings.
Participants by phone will not be able to ask live questions during the meeting. To submit your questions in advance, comment, or for more information, contact:
Senior Planner, City Planning Division
December 10, 2019 – Planning and Housing Committee
The Planning and Housing Committee endorsed the proposed zoning framework outlined in the Staff Report as the basis for review to be undertaken to achieve conformity with Official Plan Amendment 231. Staff were directed to conduct public consultations on Phase 1 of the proposed zoning framework, which would remove zoning permissions for sensitive uses from lands designated as Employment Areas. A Final Recommendations Report and Zoning By-law Amendments for Phase 1 is anticipated by the end of 2020, including next steps on Phase 2 of the framework.
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