Rethink Zoning

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The Municipality of Central Elgin is creating a new Comprehensive Zoning By-law and Urban Design Guidelines that will implement the Official Plan policies and the Municipality’s vision for future land uses and guide the development of properties in Central Elgin.

A zoning by-law is a legal tool used to regulate and control land use within their jurisdictions. The purpose of a zoning by-law is to promote orderly and sustainable development, protect public health and safety, and ensure compatibility between different land uses.

Key Purposes and Objectives of a Zoning By-law:

  1. Land Use Planning: A new comprehensive Zoning by-law will assist the municipality implementing their long-term land use plans as identified in the municipality’s Official Plan. The Official Plan identifies future development patterns, including the designation of areas for residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, recreational, and other land uses.
  2. Property Rights and Protection: The new comprehensive Zoning by-law will aim to protect property owners' rights by providing guidelines and restrictions on land use. They help prevent incompatible land uses from being established next to each other, thus reducing conflicts and potential nuisances. For example, zoning may prohibit industrial activities in residential neighborhoods to preserve the quality of life for residents.
  3. Public Health and Safety: The new comprehensive Zoning by-law will incorporate standards to ensure public health and safety. Some of the examples will include setback requirements to maintain a safe distance between buildings and public infrastructure like roads or utilities. Zoning can also address issues such as noise levels, air quality, and hazardous materials handling.
  4. Environmental Protection: The new comprehensive Zoning by-law will incorporate provisions to protect natural resources, sensitive ecosystems, and environmentally significant areas. The zoning by-law will include requirements for open space preservation, tree protection, dynamic beach protection, stormwater management, or green infrastructure to mitigate the environmental impact of development.
  5. Infrastructure Planning: The new Comprehensive Zoning by-law will assist the municipality to plan and manage public infrastructure such as transportation networks, utilities, and community facilities. Designating appropriate areas for different land uses, zoning can support efficient infrastructure provision and promote the effective use of resources.
  6. Community Character and Aesthetics: The new Comprehensive Zoning by-law will consider the desired character of a community or neighborhood. The Zoning by-law will include provisions for building height restrictions, landscaping requirements, or signage regulations to ensure that new development aligns with the community's aesthetic values and preserves its unique character.

Overall, zoning by-laws serve as an essential tool for local governments to balance competing interests, guide development, protect the environment, and create livable and sustainable communities.

The Municipality of Central Elgin is creating a new Comprehensive Zoning By-law and Urban Design Guidelines that will implement the Official Plan policies and the Municipality’s vision for future land uses and guide the development of properties in Central Elgin.

A zoning by-law is a legal tool used to regulate and control land use within their jurisdictions. The purpose of a zoning by-law is to promote orderly and sustainable development, protect public health and safety, and ensure compatibility between different land uses.

Key Purposes and Objectives of a Zoning By-law:

  1. Land Use Planning: A new comprehensive Zoning by-law will assist the municipality implementing their long-term land use plans as identified in the municipality’s Official Plan. The Official Plan identifies future development patterns, including the designation of areas for residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, recreational, and other land uses.
  2. Property Rights and Protection: The new comprehensive Zoning by-law will aim to protect property owners' rights by providing guidelines and restrictions on land use. They help prevent incompatible land uses from being established next to each other, thus reducing conflicts and potential nuisances. For example, zoning may prohibit industrial activities in residential neighborhoods to preserve the quality of life for residents.
  3. Public Health and Safety: The new comprehensive Zoning by-law will incorporate standards to ensure public health and safety. Some of the examples will include setback requirements to maintain a safe distance between buildings and public infrastructure like roads or utilities. Zoning can also address issues such as noise levels, air quality, and hazardous materials handling.
  4. Environmental Protection: The new comprehensive Zoning by-law will incorporate provisions to protect natural resources, sensitive ecosystems, and environmentally significant areas. The zoning by-law will include requirements for open space preservation, tree protection, dynamic beach protection, stormwater management, or green infrastructure to mitigate the environmental impact of development.
  5. Infrastructure Planning: The new Comprehensive Zoning by-law will assist the municipality to plan and manage public infrastructure such as transportation networks, utilities, and community facilities. Designating appropriate areas for different land uses, zoning can support efficient infrastructure provision and promote the effective use of resources.
  6. Community Character and Aesthetics: The new Comprehensive Zoning by-law will consider the desired character of a community or neighborhood. The Zoning by-law will include provisions for building height restrictions, landscaping requirements, or signage regulations to ensure that new development aligns with the community's aesthetic values and preserves its unique character.

Overall, zoning by-laws serve as an essential tool for local governments to balance competing interests, guide development, protect the environment, and create livable and sustainable communities.

  • We Want To Hear From you!

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    The Municipality of Central Elgin is creating a new Comprehensive Zoning By-law and Urban Design Guidelines that will implement the Official Plan policies and the Municipality's vision for furture land use and guide the development of properties in Central Elgin!

    You feedback is an important part of the planning process!

    Please submit your comments with the link below or in the Idea tab!

    https://webforms.centralelgin.org/Share-Your-Ideas-with-Us

  • ReThink Zoning Public Open House Recording Now Available!

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    If you were unable to join us on the June 28, 2023 Public Open House not to worry! As promised, we have provided the recording video from that night to keep you up to date and informed!

    Please navigate to the right sidebar to find Videos.

  • ReThink Zoning Public Open House Presentation Now Available!

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    Take a look in our Documents section to view the Presentation from June 28 2023s public open house!

  • You're Invited! Rethink Zoning Public Open House!

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    Join us to learn about the Comprehensive Zoning By-law and Urban Design Guidelines, ask questions and provide comments to the project team.

    Let us know what your vision for the future of Central Elgin is!

    (In-person & virtual meeting)

    Wednesday, June 28, 2023

    6pm - 8pm

    location to be provided upon registration

    Click here to register

  • Updates to Come!

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    We'll post updates related to this project page right here! Stay tuned!

Page last updated: 01 Nov 2023, 10:21 AM