South Oakville Residential Zoning By-law Review

Review and update of the low-density residential areas under Zoning By-law 2014-014.

We are reviewing and updating low-density residential zones under the South Oakville Zoning By-law 2014-014 as part of continuous efforts to improve zoning regulations. This Zoning By-law provides a framework for when properties (including homes and accessory buildings) are being upgraded, modified or rebuilt.

This applies to properties zoned RL1 to RL11 including (“-0”) zones south of Dundas Street which mainly have detached and semi-detached houses.

Key project goals

  • Clarify and simplify regulations to make them easier to understand and apply, explore reducing the number of Residential Low zones and apply more equitable practices. 
  • Update regulations for continued alignment with the Livable Oakville Official Plan.


The town initiated a Residential Character Study to gain a better understanding of the elements that define the “look and feel” of an area and to inform potential improvements to policy, urban design, zoning and other processes. 

The final study was presented to Council on January 15, 2018 and included various recommendations for further review including house height, landscaping, and setbacks (distance between the house and the property lines). 

As part of the review, the town will also respond to recent changes to the Planning Act such as those implemented through Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022 and will respond to future changes proposed by the Province. 

Public engagement

An online survey was conducted from July to September 2023 with more engagement planned for Spring 2024. This will provide residents and businesses with an opportunity to:

  • Learn more about the project
  • Review the draft zoning by-law amendments
  • Provide their comments

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