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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
What I Think Oakvile can Offer
to the Future of Zoning
Joe Nethery, Manager – Zoning By-law Pro...
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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
Presentation Overview
About the Project
• What are we doing? – The inZone Project
Consultation ...
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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
This is
Oakville
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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
• Replacing current 1984 Zoning By-law with a new one
• “Usual” range of issues associated with...
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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
• Newspaper notice
• Front page promotion on Town website
• Electronic panel display in communi...
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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
• “All About Zoning” workshop
– 14 workshops (as of June 30, 2013)
– 160 total attendees
– Aver...
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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
http://www.towntv.ca/all-about-zoning.htm
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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
Online Display
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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
• A municipality should plan on a housekeeping
amendment within 6 months of adopting a new
zon...
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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
Content Challenges
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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
Zoning for Compatibility: -0 Suffix Zone
11.1.9 Development within all stable residential
comm...
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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
Zoning for Compatibility: -0 Suffix Zone
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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
Zoning for Compatibility: -0 Suffix Zone
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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
Reduced lot coverage maximums
• Recommend converting Floor Area/Lot Ratio
maximums to lot cove...
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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
Zoning for Compatibility: -0 Suffix Zone
• Long sought by some owners, resident associations
–...
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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
Expanded Use Permissions
• Prohibit residential on portion of first storey
• Harmonized retail...
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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
Zoning for Change: Growth Areas
• Strong policy pressure (“direction”) from upper-tier
governm...
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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
Zoning for Change: Companion Projects
• Competing internal staff demands – and other projects
...
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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
• Demand exists for a zoning conversation
• Demand is growing for zoning addressing
neighbourh...
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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
As “informed facilitators”
planners will need to be able to
communicate implementation
Zoning ...
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Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
Thank You
General Inquiry:
inZone Project Team
inzone@oakville.ca
Project Manager:
Joe Nethery...
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Joe Nethery - Oakville on the Future of Zoning (CIP Vancouver 2013)

  1. 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. 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. 3 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law This is Oakville
  4. 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. 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. 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. 7 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law http://www.towntv.ca/all-about-zoning.htm
  8. 8. 8 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law Online Display
  9. 9. 9 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
  10. 10. 10 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
  11. 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. 12 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law Content Challenges
  13. 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. 14 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law Zoning for Compatibility: -0 Suffix Zone
  15. 15. 15 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law Zoning for Compatibility: -0 Suffix Zone
  16. 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. 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. 18 Oakville’s Zoning By-Law
  19. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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