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 with Zoning By-law Amendments is anticipated in the first half of 2021. This report will also include discussion regarding next steps on Phase 2 of the framework.

Two public consultation meetings were held on November 2 and November 4, 2020, where participants could learn more about this study, ask questions and share their 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 were online and phone-in only.

A copy of the presentation can be requested by contacting the staff contact on this page.

We would still like to hear from you. For questions, to comment, or for more information, contact Carola.Perez-Book@toronto.ca.

June 28, 2021 – Planning and Housing Committee

Staff have prepared a final recommendations report with zoning by-law amendments for Phase 1 which will be considered at the June 28, 2021 Planning and Housing Committee meeting.

The report summarizes the Phase 1 review and recommends amendments to all of the in-force zoning by-laws to remove permissions for sensitive land uses or other land uses that are not permitted in General Employment Areas or Core Employment Areas under the policy direction of OPA 231. The report also describes the next steps for Phase 2 of the review.

The report will be available on the Planning and Housing Committee page once the meeting agenda is public.

If you would like to see the draft zoning by-law amendments please email the staff contact on this page.

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 with Zoning By-law Amendments for Phase 1 is anticipated in the first half of 2021, including next steps on Phase 2 of the framework.

Map showing Official Plan Employment Area (For an alternate format of the map, please email the staff contact on this page).