Media Release: Smiths Falls initiates review of Zoning By-law, community invited to virtual workshop on Aug. 10
July 27, 2021
Smiths Falls initiates review of Zoning By-law, virtual workshop on Aug. 10
The Town of Smiths Falls has initiated a review of its Comprehensive Zoning By-law in June 2021. The consulting firm, WSP, is working with the Town on this project to develop 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.
The Zoning By-law review provides an opportunity to modernize and streamline the Town’s zoning requirements, with consideration for new or revised definitions, zones, and standards to support the vision of future development in Smiths Falls.
The Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review will be undertaken in four 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 a review of draft documents as they become available.
The first public engagement opportunity is a Virtual Zoning Issues Workshop to be held on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The workshop will consist of a brief presentation by the project consultant and an interactive session on various zoning issues that are being considered as part of the Zoning By-law review, including housing and off-street parking requirements within the Town.
The workshop presents an opportunity for all members of the community to be involved in the Zoning By-law Review and provide preliminary input. Register in advance for the Virtual Zoning Issues Workshop at the link below:
After registering you will receive an e-mail confirmation with information on how to join the meeting.
The complete project timeline is as follows:
- Phase 1: Background Study and Review (Summer 2021)
- Virtual Zoning Issues Workshop
- Discussion Paper
- Phase 2: Develop Approach (Fall 2021)
- Zoning Strategy Report
- Phase 3: Draft New Zoning By-law (Fall 2021 – Winter 2022)
- Draft Zoning By-law
- Statutory Public Open House
- Phase 4: Refinement and Finalization of New Zoning By-law and Council Approval (Spring 2022)
- Final Zoning By-law
- Statutory Public Meeting
- Council Adoption
As part of the Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review process, WSP will be undertaking a background review of the current Zoning By-law to identify zoning issues and opportunities. Staff are welcoming thoughts and input on any relevant zoning issues which should be addressed through the Zoning By-law Review.
More information relating to the Zoning By-law review and how you can contribute will also be accepted through Speak Up Smiths Falls here: https://speakupsmithsfalls.com/town-of-smiths-falls-comprehensive-zoning-by-law-review.
Visit the Town’s project website to learn more and get involved in this project. The Draft Discussion Paper will be available for review on August 3, 2021:
For further information, please contact:
Town of Smiths Falls
77 Beckwith St N, Box 695
Smiths Falls, ON
613-283-4124 ext. 1116