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May 29, 2009
Public open houses and electronic consultation for draft of Toronto’s new zoning bylaw
Beginning June 2, eight open houses will be held for the public to attend, where they can speak with staff, ask questions, review and comment on the City of Toronto’s draft new zoning bylaw. There will be two open houses in each district of the city. The draft new zoning bylaw is available online, giving residents the ability to review and comment electronically on the draft new bylaw at

The City of Toronto currently has 43 different zoning bylaws inherited from the six pre-amalgamation municipalities. These bylaws are similar in content but differ in their methods of approach. This draft new zoning bylaw is the result of a harmonization exercise with the emphasis on establishing a common terminology, structure and set of defined zoning terms that apply across the city. The new zoning bylaw will replace the current 43 bylaws.

Zoning affects every property in the city. Harmonizing the previous bylaws into one bylaw allows for more efficient day-to-day management of zoning-related matters and quicker responses to citizen and Council inquiries and concerns.

Chief Planner Gary Wright says, “The new draft zoning bylaw attempts to maintain current development standards (height, density, setbacks and use), and make the bylaw and the system more efficient for use by staff, customers and citizens.”

At this stage in the process, staff are looking to the public for comment and feedback on the draft bylaw. Citizens and stakeholders are encouraged to participate in the public consultation process by attending one of the open houses or by providing comments online.

The purpose of zoning bylaws is to regulate the use, size, height, density and location of buildings on properties. With new online access to the bylaw (once it’s approved), it will be easier for anyone to search for zoning information on a property of interest.

Planning and Growth Management Committee will hold a special meeting this fall to consider the final recommended new zoning bylaw for the city, after which the bylaw could go to Council for final approval.

Open house dates:
June 2 - North York Civic Centre
June 9 - City Hall, Committee Room 1
June 10 - Etobicoke Civic Centre
June 16 - Scarborough Civic Centre
June 17 - Etobicoke Civic Centre
June 22 - St. Lawrence Hall
June 30 - North York Civic Centre
July 2 - Scarborough Civic Centre

All meetings are from 4 to 9 p.m.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Gary Wright, Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, 416-392-8772,
Joe D’Abramo, Director (Acting), Zoning By-law and Environmental Planning, 416-397-0251,



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