Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendments
Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendments:
Every property in the Town of Smiths Falls has been identified and mapped in accordance with its land use. Properties are provided with at least two designations:
- An Official Plan land use policy in The Town of Smiths Falls Official Plan
- A land use zone in the Town of Smiths Falls Zoning Bylaw 6080-94
In some cases, additional bylaws have been passed regarding the development of the property (ie. heritage designations, site plan control agreements, holdings).
A complete and up-to-date copy of both the Town’s zoning by-law and Official Plan are available on the Planning Department's website. A zoning schedule (zoning map) is also available and can be used to identify the zone in which a property is located.
For questions regarding additional bylaws registered on the title of the property, please contact the Planning Department.
What is an Official Plan?
An Official Plan is a policy adopted by the Municipal Council for the purposes of:
- Guiding future growth in a logical and orderly manner;
- Protecting existing development from the adverse effects which may arise from incompatible development and redevelopment; and
- Correcting any errors of past development so as to ensure a healthy growth which will benefit all residents of the Town.
The Town of Smiths Falls is currently in the processes of reviewing their Official Plan and will be adopting a new plan within the near future.
What is an Official Plan amendment?
An Official Plan amendment is a bylaw passed by the Municipal Council adjusting the current Official Plan land use designation of a specific property or group of properties. An Official Plan amendment is usually done in conjunction with a Zoning By-law amendment.
What is a Zoning By-law?
A zoning by-law is a document passed by the Municipal Council that lays out the day-to-day administrative duties and puts into affect the policies set out in the Town’s Official Plan. The zoning by-law states exactly:
- What uses are permitted on the lands;
- Where buildings and structures can be located;
- The types of buildings and specific uses of the building;
- The lot area and dimensions, setbacks and height restrictions;
- The amount of landscaped open space and parking required for the use;
All sections of the zoning bylaw are legal enforceable and any construction or new development that does not comply with the zoning by-law is not allowed to occur.
What is a zoning amendment?
A zoning amendment is a change in zoning and may be necessary for any new construction or develop in the Town. The first step to deciding if an amendment is necessary is to contact the Planning Department. In some cases a zoning amendment may also be accompanied by an Official Plan amendment.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I apply for a Zoning of Official Plan Amendment?
The Planning Department recommends pre-consultation prior to the filing of an application in order to facilitate the efficient and thorough processing of the application.
What if the application is only for a minor amendment?
Is there an application fee?
How long will the application process take?
Why do I need to apply for an amendment?
How is it evaluated?
Is there an opportunity to appeal a decision?
The OMB is an independent tribunal responsible for investigating appeals to municipal planning decisions based on evidence presented at the hearing. For additional information regarding the OMB please go to http://www.omb.gov.on.ca/english/home.html.
NOTE: This guide has been produced by the Town of Smiths Falls Planning Department and is intended to provide general information to the public. It should not be construed as technical or legal advice for amendments or a right for approval if the steps indicated are followed.