Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw Review

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The current Zoning By-law, By‐law No. 1136 for the Town of Pelham, was originally approved in 1987. Zoning By-law No. 1136 is out of date and requires updating as a significant period of time has elapsed since it was originally prepared more than 30 years ago. It needs to be representative of current development trends and should be made to be more flexible to respond to future changes as well. Further, the Zoning By-law needs to be updated to conform with the Town Official Plan.

There have been some fundamental shifts in the focus of the Provincial, Regional and local policy framework since the original 1987 zoning by-law. The Town of Pelham has the responsibility as a municipality to bring the Zoning By-law in line with the current policy framework at all levels of government.

Click here for additional information about the current Town of Pelham By-Law.

The current Zoning By-law, By‐law No. 1136 for the Town of Pelham, was originally approved in 1987. Zoning By-law No. 1136 is out of date and requires updating as a significant period of time has elapsed since it was originally prepared more than 30 years ago. It needs to be representative of current development trends and should be made to be more flexible to respond to future changes as well. Further, the Zoning By-law needs to be updated to conform with the Town Official Plan.

There have been some fundamental shifts in the focus of the Provincial, Regional and local policy framework since the original 1987 zoning by-law. The Town of Pelham has the responsibility as a municipality to bring the Zoning By-law in line with the current policy framework at all levels of government.

Click here for additional information about the current Town of Pelham By-Law.

  • Statutory Public Meeting - June 13, 2022

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    Notice of Public Meeting

    DATE: June 13, 2022 at 5:30 PM

    PLACE: This hearing will be held remotely by Zoom Webinar.

    Town Council approved Public Hearings to be held remotely during an emergency via By-law No. 4422 (2022). The Town of Pelham will be livestreaming this Public Meeting at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/user/TownOfPelham

    TAKE NOTICE that Council for the Town of Pelham will be holding an electronic Public Meeting for a New Comprehensive Zoning By-law and accompanying Housekeeping Official Plan Amendment (Housekeeping OPA) in accordance with Sections 22 and 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O.1990, as amended. The purpose of the electronic public meeting is to provide the public with an opportunity to understand and comment on the proposed Zoning By-law and Housekeeping OPA which both will be applicable to all lands within the Town except areas subject to the Niagara Escarpment Plan permit area.

    PURPOSE OF THE NEW COMPREHENSIVE ZONING BY-LAW

    A Zoning By-law is prepared under the requirements of Section 34 of the Planning Act and regulates the types of land uses and the character, height, location, size and massing of buildings for all lands within the Town. The Zoning By-law is the Town’s primary tool to regulate the use of all land in the Town. The new Comprehensive Zoning By-law will replace Town of Pelham Zoning By-law No. 1136 (1987) and implement the policies of the Town’s Official Plan and provided new and updated zoning and development standards that reflect policy and regulatory initiatives at the provincial and regional level.

    PURPOSE OF THE HOUSEKEEPING OFFICIAL PLAN AMENDMENT

    A Housekeeping OPA is being proposed to update the agriculture-related, on-farm diversified and value-added agricultural use policies to align the current plan with updated Provincial policies and permit and support the updated regulations proposed in the New Zoning By-law. This will improve and clarify the existing policies around secondary agricultural uses.

    The Housekeeping OPA will also introduce policies to enable Council to delegate the authority to pass by-laws under Section 34 of the Planning Act to removing holding “H” symbols (holding by-laws), authorize the temporary use of land, buildings or structures (temporary use by-laws) and to pass housekeeping by-laws for the purpose of making clerical or other changes to assist in the interpretation of the Zoning By-law to a Committee of Council, or an authorized officer or employee of the municipality.

    The Town is seeking input and feedback on both the proposed New Comprehensive Zoning By-law and the Housekeeping OPA.

    WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS

    Input on the proposed draft Zoning By-law and Housekeeping OPA is welcome and encouraged. Unless indicated otherwise, personal information and all comments will become part of the public record and may be publicly released. To provide input in writing, or to request personal notice if the proposed Zoning By-law and Housekeeping OPA are approved, please send all correspondence by 12:00 PM on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 for inclusion in the public meeting agenda package c/o Town Clerk, Holly Willford, PO Box 400, 20 Pelham Town Square, Fonthill, Ontario L0S 1E0, or by email at hwillford@pelham.ca. Comments and requests received after this date will still be received by Council, however they may not be published as part of the public meeting agenda.

    HAVE YOUR SAY

    To participate at the public meeting you must pre-register with the Clerks office by sending an email to clerks@pelham.ca before 12:00 PM on Friday, June 10th, 2022. All registrants will be provided with instructions on how to use your computer, tablet or phone to participate in the Public Meeting. Registrants will also be notified of Council’s decision. If you have not submitted written comments or pre-registered before the aforementioned deadlines, but wish to submit comments during the Public Meeting, you may livestream the meeting from the Town of Pelham’s YouTube channel and email comments to clerks@pelham.ca during the public commenting portion of the subject applications only. If your comments are not received prior to the closing of the public commenting portion of the meeting, they will not be considered.

    MORE INFORMATION

    For more information, please contact Lindsay Richardson, MCIP, RPP, Senior Planner, at 905-980-6675 or 905-892-2607 ext. 335, or via email at lrichardson@pelham.ca.

    A copy of the Information Report regarding the proposed application as well as any additional information may be obtained on the Town’s website at http://calendar.pelham.ca/council or from the Community Planning and Development Department by appointment after 4:30 pm on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of the Town of Pelham’s Municipal Council to the Ontario Land Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written statements to the Town of Pelham before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.

    If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, or make written submissions to the Town of Pelham before the by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Land Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

    Electronic Public Meeting Procedures & How to Get Involved in a Town of Pelham Zoom Public Meeting

    All Town of Pelham in person Public Meetings have been cancelled, instead the Town is holding all Public Meetings electronically via Zoom. Electronic Public Meetings have proven to be effective however the public can also participate and have their concerns heard by making written submissions and speaking directly with Town staff.

    Notice of Public Meeting A Notice of Public Meeting was placed in the May 24, 2022 Voice of Pelham. The Public Meeting Notice can also be found at the Town of Pelham website for all applications being heard by electronic meetings: www.pelham.ca/public-notices

    How to Submit Comments Public input on applications is invited. During this time, written comments are encouraged as the preferred method of receiving public input. Written comments may be sent by mail or e-mail to the attention of the Clerk. You may also drop written comments off at Town Hall in the drop box. You may also provide oral input by joining the electronic meeting.

    Written Comments Please provide written input by mailing or e-mailing your comments to the Clerk by the date indicated on the Public Notice. You may also drop off written comments to Town Hall in the drop box.

    Oral Submissions To participate in the remote electronic public meeting to provide oral input, please pre-register with the Clerk by telephone or email by the date indicated on the Public Notice. All registrants will be provided in advance of the meeting instructions on how to use your computer, tablet or phone to participate in the electronic meeting.

    Please note, the Clerk will provide you the Zoom link and password in advance of the meeting. This is for pre-registered participants only and is not to be shared with others.

    View the Meeting – E-mail Comments Live The remote electronic meeting can be viewed by live-streamed on the Town’s YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/TownOfPelham. While viewing the meeting live you may submit comments during your application of interest to: clerks@pelham.ca. Please note, if your comments are submitted after the public portion of the application you are interested in has been closed, your comments will not be considered. This method of public participation is not the preferred method as you may not submit your comments in time. Use this method at your own risk and the Town is not responsible for any livestream lag, disconnection or internet failures.

    For more information, please contact:

    Clerk, 20 Pelham Town Square, P.O. Box 400, Fonthill ON L0S 1E0 905-980-6657 hwillford@pelham.ca

    Deputy Clerk, 20 Pelham Town Square, P.O. Box 400, Fonthill ON L0S 1E0 905-980-6662 sleach@pelham.ca

  • Drop-in Public Information Sessions

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    Attend one of the upcoming in-person drop-in sessions or online sessions to speak with planning staff, have your questions answered and view proposed zoning maps.


    Tuesday, April 26, 2022 Pelham Fire Station #2

    766 Welland Road, Fenwick

    2:00pm - 4:00pm and 5:00pm - 7:00pm


    Wednesday, April 27, 2022

    Pelham Fire Station #3 2355 Cream Street, North Pelham

    2:00pm - 4:00pm and 5:00pm - 7:00pm


    Thursday, April 28, 2022

    Meridian Community Centre 100 Meridian Way, Fonthill

    2:00pm - 4:00pm and 5:00pm - 7:00pm


    Register to participate virtually via zoom webinar.

    Thursday, May 5, 2022 Zoom Webinar 5:30pm - 7:30pm

    Pre-register by noon May 3, 2022 by emailing lrichardson@pelham.ca

  • *New* Draft Comprehensive Zoning By-law

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    The Town of Pelham is continuing to prepare a new Comprehensive Zoning By-law

    The Zoning By-law is the Town’s primary tool to regulate the use of all land in the Town; it divides land into various zone categories (i.e. residential, commercial), and establishes what uses are permitted and where buildings can be located on a property. The new Zoning By-law is a hybrid model using contextual zoning primarily in the greenfield areas of the Town and more conventional zoning in the built-up, rural and agricultural areas of the Town. This hybrid model will permit more flexibility, and better represents current development trends and diversity of uses in the Town.

    • The new draft Zoning By-law can be viewed on this web page. See the draft and schedules on the right-hand side of this page.
    • If you wish to view a hard copy of the draft Zoning By-law, please contact the project team as noted on the right-hand side of this page.

    Staff will be hosting several open house sessions in the spring and welcome community input! Stay tuned to this site for further information and consultation dates!

    Any questions, comments or concerns can be directed to the project team - Town staff look forward to hearing from you!.

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  • What is a zoning by-law ?

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    A Zoning By-law allows the Town to regulate:

    • how land or buildings are used
    • the type of building that can be constructed
    • where buildings can be located (i.e., number of metres a building must be set back from the street)
    • how tall a building can be
    • landscaping requirements
    • how many residential units may be constructed
    • how small or large a property may be
    • the number of off-street parking spaces
    • and other features related to the use of land

    The Zoning Bylaw is legally enforceable. Land uses that do not meet the bylaw requirements are not allowed without an amendment or variance to the bylaw.

  • Proposed Zoning By-law

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    The Comprehensive Zoning By-law being proposed is a hybrid using contextual zoning primarily in the greenfield areas of the Town and conventional zoning in the built-up areas and rural agricultural areas of the Town. There will be extensive use of graphics to illustrate the various zone provisions which is aimed at providing for ease of use. Properties that have received site-specific zoning exceptions will continue to be recognized. In addition, the General Provisions and Definitions need to be updated to reflect more contemporary standards and to eliminate discrepancies.

    The Comprehensive Zoning By-law also needs to conform to the Town Official Plan. Additionally, is anticipated that some amendments to the Official Plan will be required to address certain issues that have been identified during the review of the Zoning By-law. The amendment to the Official Plan would be considered to be a housekeeping amendment and will be presented to Council as we move through the process.

    More importantly, since the Zoning By-law was originally prepared, there have been some fundamental shifts in the focus of the Provincial, Regional and local policy framework. As a result, there is a need to bring the Zoning in line with the current policy framework at all levels of government.

  • Zoning for the Future

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    The new Zoning By-law for Pelham will reflect the Town’s community structure. The Town encompasses well-developed and complete urban communities that include existing development areas and new greenfield opportunities, a village and a smaller hamlet, as well as the diverse rural and agricultural land use context.

    The need to update the Zoning By-law provides the Town with a unique opportunity to reconsider historic zoning practices and to implement state-of-the-art and innovative strategies for development regulation. The Town’s goal is to focus on desired development outcomes both in terms of the built form and land use– and to provide a document that is both easy to understand and easy to use for a broad range of potential end-users (builders, developers, realtors, do-it-your-selfers, farmers, lawyers, surveyors). The Town’s objective to be a progressive and innovative community and that this objective is to be reflected in all of the Town's activities, including the use of up-to-date planning approaches like form-based zoning, which is highly graphic and premised on the utilization of best planning practices, including the principles of new urbanism and complete streets and communities.

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