Notice - Public meeting for proposed zoning bylaw amendment (May 7, 2024)

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
CONCERNING A PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO
ZONING BY-LAW 10-04 (as amended)
OF THE TOWN OF GRAVENHURST

Respecting a Housekeeping Update to the Town of Gravenhurst Comprehensive Zoning By-law 10-04

TAKE NOTICE THAT the Council of the Corporation of the Town of Gravenhurst will hold a Public Meeting in relation to the application on 

TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2024 

at 3:00 p.m. at the 

Gravenhurst Municipal Offices (Council Chambers) 

5 Pineridge Gate, Gravenhurst, Ontario

THE PURPOSE of the Public Meeting will be to consider a proposed amendment to Zoning By-law 10-04 (as amended) of the Town of Gravenhurst pursuant to the provisions of Section 34 of The Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter P.13, as amended.

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION is attached to this notice for your information and review:

- An explanation of the Purpose and Effect of the Proposed By-law;
- No key map is provided as the proposed housekeeping update applies to all lands located within the Town of Gravenhurst.

ANY PERSON OR AGENCY may attend the Public Meeting and/or make written submissions either in support or opposition to the Proposed By-law.

ALTERNATIVELY, ANY PERSON OR AGENCY may also provide verbal comments during the meeting electronically using MVI EasyConf Connect Conference System, in accordance with Section 238 of the Municipal Act and the Town’s Procedural By-law. A request to address Planning Council electronically must completed at www.Gravenhurst.ca/PublicParticipation and submitted prior to 12:00 pm (Noon) on May 27, 2024. Please note that the public meeting is taking place in person and any issues with electronic participation will not prevent the meeting (and a potential decision) from proceeding.

IF A PERSON OR PUBLIC BODY would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of the Town of Gravenhurst to the Ontario Land Tribunal, but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Town of Gravenhurst, before the Zoning 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 Gravenhurst, before the Zoning 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.

IF YOU WISH TO BE NOTIFIED of the decision of the Town of Gravenhurst in respect of the proposed By-law, you must make a written request to Melissa Halford, Director of Development Services.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION relating to the proposed amendment to Zoning By-law 10-04 is available from the Development Services – Planning Division. For further information, please contact Angela Ghikadis, Senior Planner at 705-687-3412 ext. 2246 or email angela.ghikadis@gravenhurst.ca or Adam Ager, Manager of Planning Services, 705-687-3412 ext. 2224 or email adam.ager@gravenhurst.ca.

DATED at the Town of Gravenhurst this 7th day of May 2024.
Melissa Halford, Director of Development Services.


Purpose and Effect of the Proposed Zoning By-law

On December 20th, 2016 the Town adopted the new Town of Gravenhurst Official Plan. The Plan was subsequently approved by the District Municipality of Muskoka on May 15th, 2017. Since that time, a number of By-law updates have been approved to Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2010-04 in order to: ensure it is in conformity to the Official Plan; ensure it remains up to date with current provincial legislation; and, to address housekeeping and other technical matters.

This set of proposed amendments are intended to clarify the intent of a number of regulations within the Zoning By-law and to remove duplication within it. Specifically, proposed changes to the By-law generally include but are not limited to the following:

  • Define Apartment Building
  • Clarification and distinction between Multiple Unit Dwellings
  • Clarification to the definition of height, specifically as it relates to boathouses
  • Clarification to the existing definition of Gross Floor Area
  • Updating language to reference ‘Additional Residential Units’ (ARU) to be consistent with new provincial legislation including permitting up to three (3) ARU in the fully serviced urban area provided additional criteria are met
  • Correct references to ‘Educational Institution’ and ‘Educational Establishment’ as they are used interchangeably throughout the by-law; and
  • Additional technical revisions