Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review

The Town of Smiths Falls has initiated a review of its Comprehensive Zoning By-law. The process will result in a new Zoning By-law that will replace the Town’s current Zoning By-law (No. 6080-94) as amended, which was first adopted by Council in 1994.

June 18, 2021 – Comprehensive Zoning By-Law – Consolidation

The Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review will be undertaken in four (4) phases. There will be opportunities for public engagement throughout the process, including a virtual Zoning Issues Workshop, a Statutory Public Open House and a Statutory Public Meeting under the Planning Act, and the review of draft documents as they become available. The project is anticipated to be completed in Spring 2022.

What is a Zoning By-law?

A Zoning By-law is a legal document prepared in accordance with the requirements under Section 34 of the Planning Act. It implements the Town’s Official Plan policies by establishing detailed standards for how a property may be developed, including:

Why is the Town reviewing its Zoning By-law?

The Town’s Zoning By-law is required to implement the land use policies set out in the Town’s 2016 Official Plan. There is also a need to implement key zoning-related recommendations from recent municipal documents, including the Downtown Parking Management and Regulations Study and Housing Task Force Report.

This review provides an opportunity to modernize and streamline the Town’s zoning requirements, with consideration for considering new or revised definitions, Zones, and standards to support the vision for future development in Smiths Falls.

How can I participate in this process?

Register with your name and contact information with Planning staff to stay informed as the project progresses, including opportunities to participate and review draft documents as they become available.
By email:
By phone: 613-283-4124 ext. 1116

Project Timeline

Phase 1: Background Study and Review

Smiths Falls ZBL Review – Zoning Issues Workshop Notice

The workshop provided an opportunity for all members of the community to be involved in the Zoning By-law Review and provide preliminary input.  Input received helped to develop a Discussion Paper which was presented to Council.

The purpose of the Discussion Paper is to undertake a detailed technical review of the current Zoning By-law. The document identifies key issues and opportunities to be addressed through the Zoning By-law Review based on a review of background materials and initial consultations, including the feedback received through the Zoning Issues Workshop.

Download the Final Discussion Paper here: Final Discussion Paper

Phase 2: Develop Approach

The second phase of the Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review project is now complete. The Final Zoning Strategy report builds on the Discussion Paper developed during Phase 1 of the project and will provide guidance for the preparation of a draft Zoning By-law. The Zoning Strategy Report includes a series of recommendations for how to address key zoning issues, including those issues identified during the first phase of the project.

Downtown the Final Zoning Strategy Report here: Final Zoning Strategy Report

Phase 3: Refinement and Finalization of New Zoning By-law and Council Approval

Smiths Falls ZBL Review – Notice of Public Open House

The Virtual Public Open House was held on March 24, 2022 and provided opportunity for all members of the community to be involved in the Zoning By-law Review and provide input. Members of the community are advised that staff will continue to accept input on the draft Zoning By-law until April 7, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. Input received will help further develop and inform changes to the new Draft Zoning By-law.

Download the draft redlined Comprehensive Zoning By-law here: Draft Comprehensive Zoning By-law-Redlined

Download the draft Comprehensive Zoning By-law here: Draft Comprehensive Zoning By-law

Download the Public Open House presentation here: Public Open House Presentation

To review a recording of the Virtual Public Open House, please visit the Town’s YouTube channel here: Virtual Public Open House March 24, 2022 – Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review

Phase 4: Draft New Zoning By-law

Zoning By-law Review – Notice of Statutory Public Meeting

The Virtual Statutory Public Meeting will be held on May 26, 2022 and will provided opportunity for all members of the community to provide input on the Final Comprehensive Zoning By-law (draft) before a decision of Council.

Download the Final Comprehensive Zoning By-law (draft) here: Final Comprehensive Zoning By-law (draft)