Zoning By-law Review (inZone)
inZone will guide the use of land, buildings and structures in accordance with the policies of the Livable Oakville Plan.
The inZone project was the preparation of the town's new Zoning By-law 2014-014. inZone implemented the policies of the town’s new official plan, the Livable Oakville Plan, into the town’s zoning framework. The project was a key action for the 2012-2014 term of Council’s Strategic Plan.
The Livable Oakville Plan was unanimously adopted by Council on June 22, 2009, approved with modifications by Halton Region on November 30, 2009, and ultimately approved by the Ontario Municipal Board on May 10, 2011. The Planning Act requires a municipality's zoning by-law to conform to its official plan.
On October 11, 2011, Planning and Development Council received the terms of reference and work plan (pdf, 358 kB) and directed staff to begin work on the inZone project.
Phase four: implementation and completion
Currently, the project is in phase four (implementation and completion) and has been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. Open the April 2013 version of the inZone work plan (pdf, 361 kB).
The main tasks of this phase involve incorporating the new by-law into Explore Oakville, updating the town’s website, staff training, ongoing public engagement, further implementation projects, and resolving appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board.
Status updates will be provided on this webpage and through the inZone project mailing list. You can sign up for our project mailing list by emailing inZone@oakville.ca.
Previous Drafts of the 2014 Zoning By-law
Phase three: public consultation
The main tasks of phase three revolved around public consultation. The inZone project exceeded Planning Act minimum requirements for consultation by hosting two rounds of open houses, one-on-one meetings, online content, and on-demand workshops facilitated by project team staff.
February 25, 2014 Special Planning and Development Council Meeting
The following items were prepared for the February 25, 2014 Special Planning and Development Council meeting.
- Courtesy notice of meeting (pdf, 665 kb)
- Report – February 25, 2014 Special Planning and Development Council
- Additional correspondence presented to Council at the meeting (pdf, 7.6 MB)
- Final technical memorandum with Final changes presented to Council at the meeting (pdf, 765 KB)
- Video – February 25, 2014 Special Planning and Development Council
- Presentation slides (pdf, 172 kB)
Project team staff have prepared the following additional documents to assist with the public's review of the 2014 Zoning By-law:
Transition regulations handout (pdf, 127 kB)
Translation table of new zones from Zoning By-law 1984-63 (pdf, 160 kB) - 2014
inZone by-law review brochure about the project (pdf, 2.6 MB)
Fall 2013 open houses and statutory public meeting
A second round of open houses (convened under section 34(12)(b) of the Planning Act) were held on October 16, 2013 (Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre) and October 17, 2013 (Town Hall). A special Planning and Development Council meeting was held on Monday, November 4, 2013 for receiving public comment on both the draft 2014 Zoning By-law and the inZone Conformity and Housekeeping Official Plan Amendment.
- Notice of open houses and statutory public meeting under section 34(12)(a)(ii) of the Planning Act, scheduled for November 4, 2013
- Key map showing affected lands (pdf, 537 kB)
- Report – November 4, 2013 statutory public meeting
- October 2013 open house presentation slides (pdf, 754 kB)
- Report - September 30, 2013 Planning and Development Council
May/June 2013 open houses
The first round of open houses provided an opportunity for residents, business owners, and any other stakeholder to ask project team staff any questions about zoning and the draft regulations as they apply to their property. This was done at 11 open houses over eight nights across Oakville.
- May/June 2013 open houses public notice
- Report – April 29, 2013 Planning and Development Council
- May/June 2013 open house presentation slides (pdf, 675 kB)
- Presentation slides for the May 23, 2013 commercial/employment inZone open house (pdf, 491 kB)
Phase two research: Technical Papers and the inZone Subcommittee
The main product of the completed phase two was a series of ten Technical Papers, each informing a different component of the first draft (v1.0) of the Zoning By-law. Feedback received by staff at previous meetings of the inZone Subcommittee was used to inform and refine content for the first draft Zoning By-law. To review the Technical Papers visit the inZone Technical Papers page.
inZone Subcommittee of Council
The inZone Subcommittee was an ad-hoc commenting body whose members provided input to staff on the deliverables of the inZone project. The subcommittee met nine times during the inZone project.
Agendas and minutes for subcommittee meetings can be found online using the town's searchable database (select "Statutory and Advisory Committees" and use "inZone" as the keyword search term).
Associated inZone projects
- inZone Appeals at the Ontario Municipal Board
- 2016 General Corrections Zoning Housekeeping By-law Amendments
- 2015 General Corrections Zoning Housekeeping By-law (Summer 2015)
- 2015 General Corrections Zoning Housekeeping By-law (Winter 2015)
- 2014 Mapping Corrections Housekeeping By-law
- Midtown Oakville Strategy
- First and Second Streets Heritage Conservation District 2014 Zoning By-law Special Provision
- OPA 4 inZone Conformity and Housekeeping Official Plan Amendment
- North Oakville governmental authority and housekeeping amendments (January - March 2012)
- Low Density Residential Development in Stable Neighbourhoods: Study and Design Guidelines (November 2012 open houses)
For more information contact
For more information you may contact a zoning officer at 905-845-6601, ext. 7376 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.