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Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)
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Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)

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Some lessons learned from the Town of Oakville's Zoning By-law Review (inZone Project).

Some lessons learned from the Town of Oakville's Zoning By-law Review (inZone Project).

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  • 1. 1 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law What I Think Oakvile can Offer to the Future of Zoning Joe Nethery, Manager – Zoning By-law Project Town of Oakville, Planning Services Department
  • 2. 2 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law Presentation Overview About the Project • What are we doing? – The inZone Project Consultation and Outreach • The “Typical” events • On-demand consultation and information Content Challenges • Zoning for compatibility, zoning for change • Satisfying competing demands • Finding the right home for regulations
  • 3. 3 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law This is Oakville
  • 4. 4 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law • Replacing current 1984 Zoning By-law with a new one • “Usual” range of issues associated with age • Target date for approval by Council is early 2014 Current Project What are we doing?
  • 5. 5 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law • Newspaper notice • Front page promotion on Town website • Electronic panel display in community centres • Project email list • Twitter promotion • 11 events over 8 nights • Drop-in format, staff presentation 56 total attendees Traditional Consultation: Open Houses
  • 6. 6 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law • “All About Zoning” workshop – 14 workshops (as of June 30, 2013) – 160 total attendees – Average of 12 attendees per event • One-on-one stakeholder and citizen meeting days – Four days set during July/August 2013 – Have five consultants waiting on these times – [Plus 4 meetings already with major landowners] On-demand Consultation
  • 7. 7 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law http://www.towntv.ca/all-about-zoning.htm
  • 8. 8 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law Online Display
  • 9. 9 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
  • 10. 10 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
  • 11. 11 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law • A municipality should plan on a housekeeping amendment within 6 months of adopting a new zoning by-law Remaining Relevant
  • 12. 12 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law Content Challenges
  • 13. 13 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law Zoning for Compatibility: -0 Suffix Zone 11.1.9 Development within all stable residential communities shall be evaluated using the following criteria to maintain and protect the existing neighbourhood character: • Built form … to be compatible with the surrounding neighbourhood. – Setbacks – Building orientation – Separation distances within the surrounding neighbourhood – Gradation of height between housing forms, land use designations – Lot patterns
  • 14. 14 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law Zoning for Compatibility: -0 Suffix Zone
  • 15. 15 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law Zoning for Compatibility: -0 Suffix Zone
  • 16. 16 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law Reduced lot coverage maximums • Recommend converting Floor Area/Lot Ratio maximums to lot coverage – One storey = stays the same – More than one storey = reduced lot coverage Revised front yard averaging framework • Each zone has a base metric standard • Where the -0 Suffix applies, the minimum front yard becomes “the average of the front yards of the nearest two adjacent detached dwellings” The Proposed -0 Suffix Zone
  • 17. 17 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law Zoning for Compatibility: -0 Suffix Zone • Long sought by some owners, resident associations – One appeal a month of our minor approvals by residents associations – Not strong enough for some • Concerns from some owners, building industry – Rationale for changed calculation metric and resultant built forms • Testing our compatibility clauses in Official Plan – “Liveable” in the newspaper once a week
  • 18. 18 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
  • 19. 19 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law Expanded Use Permissions • Prohibit residential on portion of first storey • Harmonized retail and service commercial permissions Expanded Building Envelopes • New minimums, taller maximums • Tiering of upper storeys (increased yards) The Proposed Mixed Use Zones
  • 20. 20 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law Zoning for Change: Growth Areas • Strong policy pressure (“direction”) from upper-tier government – Regional policy direction to “prezone” these areas – Local concerns about infrastructure • Political sensitivity – Parking supply – “Incompatibility” of some uses with residential uses – “Incongruency” of political asks and policy direction – Where does the “transition” of height occur?
  • 21. 21 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law Zoning for Change: Companion Projects • Competing internal staff demands – and other projects Licensing By-law Review Environmental Strategic Plan Downtown Heritage Conservation District Sign By-law Review Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan Internal Process Reviews Midtown Oakville Study (Feedback from development review) South Central Public Lands Study “Switching Gears” – Transportation Master Plan
  • 22. 22 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law • Demand exists for a zoning conversation • Demand is growing for zoning addressing neighbourhood-based issues • There will be fewer, but clearer regulations (perhaps offset by other approvals or regulatory routes) • It may not be a zoning solution: other avenues for implementation • Need to factor regulatory review into policy review regimen Conclusions from the Present
  • 23. 23 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law As “informed facilitators” planners will need to be able to communicate implementation Zoning is just one of many tools Dispatch from the Future of Zoning
  • 24. 24 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law Thank You General Inquiry: inZone Project Team inzone@oakville.ca Project Manager: Joe Nethery Manager, Zoning By-law Project joenethery@oakville.ca http://www.oakville.ca/townhall/zoning-by-law-review-inzone.html

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