Zoning By-laws and Zoning By-law Amendments
In its simplest form, a zoning by-law establishes the development rights for a specific parcel of land. Typically, maximum limits are placed on building height, density, and coverage. Minimum requirements are often established for setbacks, parking, lot size, frontage, etc. In order to develop your property in a way that is not permitted by the zoning by-law, an application for an amendment may be made. This is generally a lengthy process involving numerous meetings, technical report submissions and political decision-making by a municipal council.