Zoning By-law Review Project

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The Town of Penetanguishene has initiated a review of its Zoning By-law. The outcome of this project will be a new Zoning By-law that applies to the entire Town.

Contact the Planning and Community Development department by email abetty@penetanguishene.ca or call 705-549-7453 to participate in our Zoom Q&A sessions every Wednesday at 11:30-12:30!


The Town of Penetanguishene has initiated a review of its Zoning By-law. The outcome of this project will be a new Zoning By-law that applies to the entire Town.

Contact the Planning and Community Development department by email abetty@penetanguishene.ca or call 705-549-7453 to participate in our Zoom Q&A sessions every Wednesday at 11:30-12:30!

  • Zoning By-law - Final Draft

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    The final draft of the Zoning By-law will be presented to Committee of the Whole on April 13, 2022. The meeting agenda with the staff report and draft by-law can be viewed here: https://penetanguishene.civicweb.net/filepro/document/303803/Committee%20of%20the%20Whole%20-%2013%20Apr%202022%20-%20Agenda%20-%20Pdf.pdf


    To participate in the Committee of the Whole electronic Zoom meeting please contact otaylor@penetanguishene.ca or call 705-549-7453 and instructions will be sent to you with how to participate.

  • Zoning By-law Draft

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    On December 8, 2021 a draft version of the new Zoning By-law and Zoning Schedule was presented to Committee of the Whole. The By-law includes all new zoning categories for the Town which regulate what and where you can build on your property. The update will affect all properties in the Town. Key items in review include regulations for laneway houses, Short Term Rental units, Accessory Buildings and Uses, and Parking Standards. A presentation summarizing the key changes can be found here.

    Stay tuned for more public consultation events in early 2022. Have a question or comment? Leave it below!

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  • Week 6 - Other Zones

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    Zone Name Zone Symbol

    Institutional I

    Rural RU

    Open Space OS

    Environmental Protection EP

    Deferred Development D


    Permitted uses in a Zone are noted by the symbol ‘•’ in the column applicable to that Zone and corresponding with the row for a specific permitted use. A number(s) following the symbol ‘•’, zone heading or identified permitted use, indicates that one or more special provisions apply to the use noted or, in some cases, to the entire Zone. Special provisions are noted at the end of each table.

    Table 10.2.1: Permitted Uses

    Permitted Use

    I

    RU

    OS

    EP

    D

    Residential Uses:

    Crisis Care Centre I

    ·

    Long Term Care Facility

    ·

    Retirement Home

    ·

    Single Detached Dwelling

    ·

    ·(2)

    Home Occupation

    ·

    Non-Residential Uses:

    Agricultural Use

    ·

    ·(1)(2)

    ·(2)

    Bed and Breakfast Establishment

    ·

    Campground

    ·

    Cannabis Cultivation, Outdoor

    ·

    Cemetery

    ·

    Child Care Centre

    ·

    Community Centre

    ·

    Conservation Use

    ·

    ·

    ·

    ·

    ·

    Forestry Use

    ·

    ·

    Hospital

    ·

    Kennel

    ·

    Legally Existing Uses

    ·

    ·

    ·

    ·

    ·

    Library

    ·

    Museum

    ·

    Park, Private

    ·

    ·(1)

    Park, Public

    ·

    ·

    Place of Worship

    ·

    School, Elementary

    ·

    School, Secondary

    ·

    Veterinary Clinic

    ·

    (1) No buildings or structures are permitted.

    (2) Only uses that legally existed on the effective date of this By-law are permitted.

    Table 10.3.1 Other Zone Standards

    Zone Standard

    I

    RU

    OS

    EP

    Single Detached Dwelling

    All Other Uses

    Min Lot Frontage

    30 m

    35.0 m

    152 m

    0 m

    0 m

    Min Lot Area

    1850.0 m2

    2000 m2

    19.8 ha

    ~

    ~

    Min Front Yard

    6.0 m

    7.5 m

    8.0 m

    7.5 m

    9.5 m

    Min Interior Side Yard

    3.0 m

    3.0 m

    8.0 m

    7.5 m

    9.5 m

    Min Exterior Side Yard

    4.5 m

    7.5 m

    8.0 m

    7.5 m

    9.5 m

    Min Rear Yard

    7.5 m

    7.5 m

    8.0 m

    7.5 m

    9.5 m

    Max Lot Coverage

    ~

    35%

    10%

    ~

    ~

    Max Height

    7.5 m

    11.0 m

    11.0 m

    11.0 m

    11.0 m

    Table 10.3.2 Deferred Development Zone Standards

    Nothing in this By-law applies to prevent in a Deferred Development Zone:

    Use

    Standard

    Agricultural Use

    Any land from being used for any existing agricultural or forestry use providing there is a minimum lot area of 20.0 hectares and a minimum front, side and rear yards of 15.0 metres, except that where a farm building abuts a neighbouring residential use that building shall be set back a minimum distance of 30.0 metres from such residential use.

    Single Detached Dwelling

    Additions to an existing single detached dwelling, provided the building or structure continues to be used in the same manner and for the same purpose as it was used on the day the By-law was passed; except that a additional dwelling unit may be added in accordance with the provisions of Section 4.2 of this By-law.

    Accessory Building or Structure

    The erection of any accessory building or structure in accordance with the provisions of Section 4.1 of this By-law.

  • Week 5 - Commercial Zones and Employment Zone

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    Check your zone on the zoning map here!

    Commercial zones and Employment zones are also subject to General Provisions in the Zoning By-law (e.g. landscaping requirements) and vehicle Parking and Loading Standards.


    COMMERCIAL ZONES

    There are three commercial zones proposed in the new draft Zoning By-law.

    Zone Name Zone Symbol

    Neighbourhood Commercial NC

    Mixed Use Commercial MUC

    Downtown and Waterfront DW

    Commercial Zone Permitted Uses

    Permitted uses in a Zone are noted by the symbol ‘•’ in the column applicable to that Zone and corresponding with the row for a specific permitted use. A number(s) following the symbol ‘•’, zone heading or identified permitted use, indicates that one or more special provisions apply to the use noted or, in some cases, to the entire Zone. Special provisions are noted at the end of each table.

    Table 7.2.1 establishes the uses permitted in the Commercial Zones.

    Table 7.2.1: Commercial Zone Permitted Uses

    Permitted Use

    NC

    MUC

    DW

    Art Gallery

    ·

    ·

    Child Care Centre

    ·

    ·

    ·

    Commercial Fitness Centre

    ·

    ·

    Commercial Parking Lot or Garage

    ·

    ·

    Commercial Recreation Use

    ·

    ·

    Commercial School

    ·

    Community Centre

    ·

    ·

    Drive-Through Service Facility

    ·

    Financial Institution

    ·

    ·

    Funeral Home

    ·

    ·

    Hotel

    ·

    ·

    Library

    ·

    ·

    Medical Clinic

    ·

    ·

    Motel

    ·

    ·

    Motor Vehicle Rental Establishment

    ·

    Motor Vehicle Repair Establishment

    ·

    Motor Vehicle Sales Establishment

    ·

    Motor Vehicle Service Station

    ·

    Motor Vehicle Washing Establishment

    ·

    Museum

    ·

    ·

    Office

    ·

    ·

    Personal Service Establishment

    ·

    ·

    ·

    Place of Assembly

    ·

    ·

    Place of Entertainment

    ·

    ·

    Place of Worship

    ·

    Restaurant

    ·

    ·

    ·

    Retail Store

    ·

    ·

    ·

    Service and Repair Establishment

    ·

    ·

    Trade and Convention Centre

    ·

    Veterinary Clinic

    ·

    ·

    Residential Uses:

    Dwelling Unit Above Ground Floor Commercial Use

    ·

    Townhouse Dwelling

    ·

    Multiple Dwelling

    ·

    Home Occupation

    ·

    ·

    Long Term Care Facility

    ·

    ·

    Retirement Home

    ·

    ·

    Commercial Zone Standards

    A number within a bracket following the zone standard, zone heading or description of the standard, indicates an additional Zone requirement. These additional standards are listed at the end of each subsection.

    Table 7.3.1 Commercial Zone Standards

    Zone Standard

    NC

    MUC

    DW

    Min Frontage

    19.0 m

    ~

    ~

    Min Lot Area

    ~

    ~

    ~

    Min Front Yard

    7.5 m

    0 m

    0 m

    Max Front Yard

    ~

    6.0 m

    3.0 m

    Min Interior Side Yard

    3.0 m

    1.2 m

    0 m

    Min Exterior Side Yard

    4.5 m

    0 m

    0 m

    Min Rear Yard

    7.5 m

    7.5 m

    0 m

    Max Height

    11.0 m

    14.0 m

    14.0 m













    EMPLOYMENT ZONES

    The following Employment Zones have been established in the By-law:

    Zone Name Zone Symbol

    Industrial M1

    Extractive Industrial M2

    Rural Industrial M3

    Employment Zone Permitted Uses

    Permitted uses in a Zone are noted by the symbol ‘•’ in the column applicable to that Zone and corresponding with the row for a specific permitted use. A number(s) following the symbol ‘•’, zone heading or identified permitted use, indicates that one or more special provisions apply to the use noted or, in some cases, to the entire Zone. Special provisions are noted at the end of each table.

    Table 9.2.1: Employment Zone Permitted Uses

    Permitted Use

    M1

    M2

    M3

    Asphalt Plant

    Brewing Establishment

    Cannabis Production Facility

    Commercial Fitness Centre

    Commercial Parking Lot

    Commercial Recreation Use

    Commercial School

    Commercial Self-Storage Use

    Community Centre

    Concrete Batching Plant

    Contractor’s Yard

    Equipment Sales And Rental Establishment

    Impound Yard

    Industrial Use

    Kennel

    Mineral Aggregate Operation

    Motor Vehicle Body Shop

    Motor Vehicle Repair Establishment

    Motor Vehicle Rental Establishment

    Motor Vehicle Washing Establishment

    Office

    Outdoor Storage, Accessory

    Outdoor Storage Use

    Retail Store, Accessory (1)

    Service And Repair Establishment

    Transport Terminal

    Warehouse

    (1) An accessory retail store shall not exceed 20% of the GFA of the building in which it is located.

    Employment Zone Standards

    A number within a bracket following the zone standard, zone heading or description of the standard, indicates an additional Zone requirement. These additional standards are listed at the end of each subsection.

    Table 9.3.1 Employment Zone Standards

    Zone Standard

    M1

    M2 (1)

    M3

    Minimum lot frontage

    30.0 m

    30.0 m

    Public Water and Septic Tank

    ~

    ~

    45.0 m

    Private Well and Septic Tank

    ~

    ~

    55.0 m

    Minimum lot area

    1,858 m2

    ~

    20,000.0 m2

    Minimum front yard

    9.0 m

    30.0 m

    15.0 m

    Minimum rear yard

    7.5 m

    15.0 m

    12.0 m

    Minimum interior side yard

    3.0 m

    15.0 m

    6.0 m

    Minimum exterior side yard

    9.0 m

    15.0 m

    15.0 m

    Maximum height

    19.0 m

    11.0 m

    11.0 m

    (1) Zone standards apply to buildings only

  • Week 4 - Residential and Shoreline Zones

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    Check your zone on the zoning map here!

    RESIDENTIAL ZONES

    There are four residential zones that are identified by name and symbol below:

    Zone Name Zone Symbol

    Residential One R1

    Residential Two R2

    Residential Three R3

    Rural Residential RR

    Residential Zone Permitted Uses

    Permitted uses in a Zone are noted by the symbol ‘•’ in the column applicable to that Zone and corresponding with the row for a specific permitted use. A number(s) following the symbol ‘•’, zone heading or identified permitted use, indicates that one or more special provisions apply to the use noted or, in some cases, to the entire Zone. Special provisions are noted at the end of each table.

    Table 6.2.1: Residential Zone Permitted Uses

    Permitted Use

    R1

    R2

    R3

    RR

    Additional Dwelling Unit

    · (1)

    · (1)

    Single Detached Dwelling

    ·

    ·

    ·

    Semi-detached Dwelling

    ·

    Duplex Dwelling

    ·

    Triplex Dwelling

    ·

    ·

    Townhouse Dwelling

    ·

    Multiple Dwelling

    ·

    Bed and Breakfast Establishment

    · (2)

    · (2)

    Boarding and Rooming House (2)

    · (2)

    · (2)

    Group Home

    · (2)

    · (2)

    Home Occupation

    ·

    ·

    ·

    ·

    Private Home Daycare

    ·

    ·

    ·

    ·

    Short Term Rental Unit

    · (2)

    · (2)

    (1) An Additional Dwelling Unit shall only be permitted in a single detached dwelling, semi-detached dwelling or townhouse dwelling in accordance with Section 4.2 of this By-law.

    (2) Permitted only in a single detached dwelling.

    Residential Zone Standards

    A number within a bracket following the zone standard, zone heading or description of the standard, indicates an additional Zone requirement. These additional standards are listed at the end of each subsection.

    Table 6.3.1: Residential Zone Standards

    Zone

    Min Lot Frontage

    Min Lot Area

    Min Front Yard

    Min Interior Side Yard

    Min Exterior Side Yard

    Min Rear Yard

    Min Setback to Garage

    Max Height

    Residential One (R1) Zone

    Fully Serviced

    15.0 m

    460 m2

    6.0 m

    1.2 m

    4.5 m

    7.5 m

    6.0 m

    11.0 m

    Partially Serviced

    15.0 m

    1120 m2

    6.0 m

    1.2 m

    4.5 m

    7.5 m

    6.0 m

    11.0 m

    Residential Two (R2) Zone

    Single Detached

    15.0 m

    460 m2

    6.0 m

    1.2 m

    4.5 m

    7.5 m

    6.0 m

    11.0 m

    Semi-Detached

    11.0 m / unit

    330 m2 / unit

    6.0 m

    1.2 m

    4.5 m

    7.5 m

    6.0 m

    11.0 m

    Duplex

    15.0 m

    460 m2

    6.0 m

    1.2 m

    4.5 m

    7.5 m

    6.0 m

    11.0 m

    Triplex

    18.0 m

    230.0 m2

    6.0 m

    1.2 m

    4.5 m

    11.0 m

    6.0 m

    11.0 m

    Residential Three (R3) Zone

    Triplex

    18.0 m

    230.0 m2

    6.0 m

    1.2 m

    4.5 m

    11.0 m

    6.0 m

    11.0 m

    Townhouse

    7.5 m

    220.0 m2

    6.0 m/unit

    0 m

    4.5 m

    7.5 m

    6.0 m

    11.0 m

    Multiple

    30.0 m

    930 m2 (1)

    7.5 m

    6.0 m

    4.5 m

    7.5 m

    6.0 m

    14.0 m

    Rural Residential (RR) Zone

    35.0 m

    2000 m2

    7.5 m

    3.0 m

    7.5 m

    7.5 m

    ~

    11.0 m

    (1) The minimum required lot area shall be increased by 195 m2 for each dwelling unit beyond the first 4 dwelling units.


    SHORELINE ZONES

    There are five shoreline zones identified by zone name and zone symbol below:

    Zone Name Zone Symbol

    Shoreline Area One SA1

    Shoreline Area Two SA2

    Marina One MAR1

    Marina Two MAR 2

    Lake Side LS

    Shoreline Zone Permitted Uses

    Permitted uses in a Zone are noted by the symbol ‘•’ in the column applicable to that Zone and corresponding with the row for a specific permitted use. A number(s) following the symbol ‘•’, zone heading or identified permitted use, indicates that one or more special provisions apply to the use noted or, in some cases, to the entire Zone. Special provisions are noted at the end of each table.

    Table 8.2.1: Shoreline Zones Permitted Uses

    Permitted Use

    SA1

    SA2

    MAR1

    MAR 2

    LS

    Residential Uses:

    Accessory Dwelling Unit

    · (2)

    · (2)

    Existing Dwelling Unit

    · (3)

    Single Detached Dwelling

    ·

    ·

    Bed and Breakfast Establishment

    · (1)

    Private Home Daycare

    ·

    ·

    Home Occupation

    ·

    ·

    Non-Residential Uses

    Boat Launch Ramp

    ·

    ·

    ·

    Campground

    ·

    Commercial Parking Lot or Garage

    · (4)

    Commercial Recreation Use

    ·

    ·

    · (4)

    Conservation Use

    ·

    ·

    ·

    Dock

    ·

    ·

    ·

    ·

    ·

    Hotel

    · (4)

    Marina

    ·

    ·

    Marine Storage Facility

    ·

    ·

    Motel

    · (4)

    Outdoor Recreation

    ·

    ·

    Park, Private

    ·

    ·

    Park, Public

    ·

    ·

    ·

    Parking Area

    ·

    ·

    Personal Service Establishment

    · (4)

    Place of Assembly

    · (4)

    Restaurant

    · (4)

    Retail Store

    · (4)

    Small Recreational Vehicle Sales and Service Establishment

    · (4)

    · (4)

    (1) Permitted only in a single detached dwelling.

    (2) Only one accessory dwelling unit for an owner or caretaker shall be permitted.

    (3) A dwelling unit that existed as of the effective date of this By-law.

    (4) Permitted as an ancillary use only.

    Shoreline Zone Standards

    A number within a bracket following the zone standard, zone heading or description of the standard, indicates an additional Zone requirement. These additional standards are listed at the end of each subsection.

    Table 8.3.1 Shoreline Zones Standards

    Zone Standard

    SA1

    SA2

    MAR1

    MAR2

    LS (6)

    Min Lot Frontage

    30.0 m

    46.0 m

    150 m

    30.0 m

    Min Lot Area

    2000.0 m2

    4000.0 m2

    2 ha

    1393 m2

    Min Front Yard

    7.5 m

    8.0 m

    8.0 m

    8.0 m

    Min Interior Side Yard

    3.0 m

    8.0 m

    6.0 m

    7.5 m

    Min Exterior Side Yard

    7.5 m

    8.0 m

    6.0 m

    8.0 m

    Min Rear Yard

    7.5 m

    8.0 m

    9.0 m

    0 m

    Max Height

    11.0 m

    11.0 m

    11.0 m

    11 m

    Max Lot Coverage

    35%

    35%

    25%

    40%

    Minimum Landscaped Open Space

    25%

    10%

    Additional Regulations

    (1)(2)(3)

    (4)(5)

    Additional Regulations for a Single Detached Dwelling

    Minimum Interior Side Yard

    3.0 m

    Minimum Exterior Side Yard

    7.5 m

    Minimum Rear Yard

    7.5 m

    (1) Buildings and structures erected for all secondary uses shall be setback a minimum of 30 metres from the shoreline.

    (2) No dock shall project beyond the limits of an approved water lot which is either patented or for which a lease or license of occupation has been granted.

    (3) All zone regulations, with the exception of those dealing with docks and boat slips, shall be calculated on the dry land portion above the shoreline

    (4) No entrance channel, turning basin, dock or boat mooring area shall be located closer than 15 metres to an (RR) or (SR2) Zone or street line;

    (5) Facilities for the refueling of marine craft shall be provided at a separate pier or dock area from boat mooring facilities

    (6) The establishment and use of any waterfront lot or dock shall be in accordance with the requirements of Section 4.1.4 of this Zoning By-law.

  • Week 3 - General Provisions

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    ACCESSORY BUILDINGS STRUCTURES AND USES

    GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ACCESSORY BUILDINGS, STRUCTURES AND USES

    a) Where this By-law provides that a building, structure or lot may used for a purpose permitted by this By-law, that use permission shall include accessory buildings, structures or uses provided such buildings, structures, or uses are subordinate and normally incidental to the primary permitted use of the building, structure or lot, or unless otherwise expressly prohibited by this By-law.

    b) An accessory building, structure or use shall be located on the same lot as the principal use.

    c) The main building, structure or use must be established on the lot prior to construction of any accessory buildings, structures or uses. Notwithstanding, where a temporary accessory building is necessary for the storage of tools or materials for use in connection with the construction of the main building on a lot, the accessory building may be erected on the lot first provided that a building permit is issued for the main building and further provided that such building shall be used only for the purpose of storage during construction. When the main building is ready for occupancy, the temporary accessory building shall be removed.

    d) No accessory building or structure shall be considered accessory if attached to and structurally dependent on the main building. For the purpose of this clause, an accessory building which is connected to the main building by a breezeway, covered walkway or similar structure shall not be considered structurally dependent on the main building unless the accessory building and main building are under a common roof.

    e) No detached accessory building or structure may be used for human habitation or for a home occupation unless specifically permitted by this By-law.

    STANDARDS FOR ACCESSORY BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES

    a) The maximum number of permitted accessory buildings or structures on a lot shall be in accordance with Table 4.1.2.1. Notwithstanding, a maximum of 1 detached private garage is permitted on a lot in a Residential Zone.

    Table 4.1.2.1: Maximum Number of Accessory Buildings and Structures on a Lot

    Lot Area

    Maximum Permitted Lot Coverage

    Less than 4000 m2

    2

    4000 m2 or greater

    4

    b) Location: The minimum required setbacks for accessory buildings and structures shall be in accordance with Table 4.1.2.2.

    Table 4.1.2.2: Minimum Required Setbacks for All Accessory Buildings and Structures on a Lot

    Lot Line

    Minimum Required Setback from Lot Line

    Front Lot Line

    An accessory building or structure is not permitted in a front yard.

    Interior Side Lot Line

    1.2 metres

    Notwithstanding, in the case of a detached garage, the setback from the interior side lot line may be reduced to 0.5 metres if there are no doors or windows on the wall facing the interior side lot line and reduced to 0 metres if the detached private garage shares a common wall with a detached private garage on an abutting lot.

    Exterior Side Lot Line

    4.5 metres

    Notwithstanding, in the case of a detached private garage, the exterior side yard setback shall be the same as the exterior side yard setback for the principal dwelling or main buildng on the lot.

    Rear Lot Line

    1.2 m

    c) Maximum Lot Coverage: The maximum cumulative lot coverage for all accessory buildings and structures, detached private garage, and detached additional dwelling unit on a lot in the Residential One (R1), Residential Two (R2), Residential Three (R3), Rural Residential (RR), Shoreline Area One (SR1), Shoreline Area Two (SR2) and Rural (RU) Zones shall be in accordance with Table 4.1.2.3.

    Table 4.1.2.3: Maximum Cumulative Lot Coverage for All Accessory Buildings and Structures on a Lot

    Lot Size

    Maximum Permitted Lot Coverage

    Up to 1000 m2

    The lesser of 8% up to a maximum of 60 m2

    1001 m2 or greater

    The lesser of 10% up to a maximum of 100 m2

    d) Maximum Height: The maximum height of an accessory building or structure shall be in accordance with Table 4.1.2.4.

    Table 4.1.2.4: Maximum Height for All Accessory Buildings and Structures on a Lot

    Lot Area

    Maximum Height

    Less than 4000 m2

    4.5 metres

    4000 m2 or greater

    5.5 metres

    General Requirements for Accessory Shoreline Structures

    a) Shoreline structures refer to accessory buildings and structures erected at or near the shoreline in the required yard and are located between the shoreline and the principal dwelling on a lot. Accessory shoreline structures include the following:

    i) Land-Based Shoreline Structures including an unenclosed free-standing platform, gazebo, sauna, hot tub and pumphouse; and,

    ii) Water-Based Shoreline Structures including a boathouse, boat port, boat lift, boat launch ramp and dock.

    b) The maximum cumulative width of all accessory shoreline structures shall be 25% of the lot frontage as measured parallel to the shoreline. Included in this calculation shall be all land-based shoreline accessory structures within 15 metres of the high water mark.

    c) All accessory shoreline structures shall be setback 5 metres from a side lot line or a straight line projection of the side lot line into the water.

    DOCKS, BOAT LAUNCH RAMPS AND BOAT LIFTS

    A dock, boat launch ramp or boat lift shall be permitted in the required front yard of a lot abutting a shoreline in accordance with the following:

    i) A dock, boat launch ramp and boat lift may only be permitted as an accessory use to a waterfront lot unless specifically permitted as a principal use;

    ii) A maximum of one (1) dock, boat launch ramp or boat lift is permitted per lot;

    iii) The maximum length of a dock shall be 30 metres as measured from the shoreline to the farthest reach of the dock and including any associated access access ramp;

    iv) The maximum permitted width of a dock shall be 3 metres;

    v) The maximum total combined footprint of supporting structures for a dock shall be 15 m2;

    vi) An access ramp to a boathouse or boat port shall not exceed a width of 2 metres and a length of 2 metres;

    vii) A gazebo, sauna or hot tub shall not be permitted on a dock;

    viii) A boat lift must be located with or adjacent to a dock; and,

    ix) A boat lift is not permitted to have walls.

    ADDITIONAL DWELLING UNITS


    Where an additional dwelling unit is permitted, the following provisions shall apply:

    a) A maximum of two (2) additional dwelling units shall be permitted per lot including a maximum of one (1) additional dwelling unit in the principal dwelling on the lot and a maximum of one (1) additional dwelling unit in a detached accessory structure on the lot.

    b) An additional dwelling unit shall only be permitted on a lot containing a single detached dwelling unit, semi-detached dwelling unit or townhouse dwelling unit;

    c) Where the principal dwelling unit is a townhouse dwelling, an additional dwelling unit is only permitted provided the lot on which the principal townhouse dwelling unit is located has a minimum frontage of 11 m;

    d) An additional dwelling unit shall only be permitted on a lot fronting on an open and municipally maintained street or road;

    e) Where municipal water services and municipal sewage services are available, the principal dwelling unit and the additional dwelling unit must be connected to such services. Where municipal water services and municipal sewage services are not available, proof must be provided to the satisfaction of the Town, that the individual on-site water services and individual on-site sewage services are capable of accommodating both the principal dwelling unit and the proposed additional dwelling unit on the lot;

    f) An additional dwelling unit shall not be permitted on a lot with a garden suite, short term rental, bed and breakfast, group home, or on a lot with a boarding and rooming house;

    g) A home occupation shall not be permitted within an additional dwelling unit;

    h) Occupancy of an additional residential unit shall not be permitted until an Occupancy Permit has been issued by the Municipality.

    i) Parking for an additional dwelling unit shall be provided in accordance with the requirements of Section 5 of this By-law;

    j) Required off-street parking spaces may be arranged in tandem. A tandem parking space may be located on a driveway that is within the front yard; and,

    k) An additional dwelling unit that existed legally as of the date this By-law takes effect may continue to be used for that purpose if a building permit has been issued and if the unit complies with the regulations of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act;

    l) A main building on a residential lot that is divided into a principal dwelling unit and an additional dwelling unit shall not constitute any other type of dwelling unit otherwise defined in this By-law; and,

    m) An additional dwelling unit in an accessory building shall not be severed from the lot containing the principal dwelling unit.

    ADDITIONAL DWELLING UNITS IN A MAIN BUILDING ON A RESIDENTIAL LOT

    Where permitted by this By-law, one additional dwelling unit is permitted within the main building on a residential lot in accordance with the following:

    a) The additional dwelling unit is located entirely within the same building as the principal dwelling unit;

    b) The maximum gross floor area of the additional dwelling unit may not exceed the greater of 45% of the gross floor area of the principal dwelling unit but in no case shall be larger than 55 m2;

    c) Where direct access to the additional dwelling unit is provided from the interior side yard, the entrance to the additional dwelling unit is required to be a minimum of 1.2 metres from the interior side lot line and no stairs accessing the additional dwelling unit are permitted within 1.2 metres from the interior side lot line.

    ADDITIONAL DWELLING UNIT IN A DETACHED ACCESSORY BUILDING

    Where permitted by this By-law, one additional dwelling unit is permitted in an accessory building to a primary residential use in accordance with the following:

    a) The accessory building with the additional dwelling unit is located in the rear yard;

    b) The maximum gross floor area of the additional dwelling unit may not exceed 45% of the gross floor area of the principal dwelling unit but in no case may be larger than 60 m2;

    c) An additional dwelling unit in an accessory building is not permitted to have a basement or other habitable living space below grade;

    d) The accessory building with the additional dwelling unit has a height no greater than 4.5 metres;

    e) The accessory building with an additional dwelling unit is located no further than 30 metres from the lot line over which access from a public street or road is obtained;

    f) The accessory building with the additional dwelling unit is accessed from the street or highway by a clear path of travel that has a minimum width of 1.2 metres;

    g) The accessory building with the additional dwelling unit is located:

    i) a minimum of 3.0 metres from the rear lot line;

    ii) consistent with the applicable exterior side yard setback for the main residential building on the lot; and,

    iii) a minimum of 1.2 metres from the interior side lot line; and,

    h) Where an accessory building containing an additional dwelling unit is located on a through lot and is accessed from a driveway crossing the rear lot line, the following additional provisions shall apply:

    i) Notwithstanding Section 4.2.2(a), the accessory building containing the additional dwelling unit shall be located in the yard adjacent to the rear wall of the main residential building on the lot; and,

    ii) Notwithstanding Section 4.2.2 (d), the accessory building containing the additional dwelling unit has a height of no greater than 5.5 metres.

    CANNABIS PRODUCTION FACILITIES

    The following provisions apply to all federally licensed cannabis production facilities and outdoor cannabis cultivation uses where permitted by this Zoning By-law:

    a) Only a cannabis production facility or outdoor cannabis cultivation of a singular cannabis licence holder may occur on a single lot.

    b) Other than cultivation, all other cannabis-related uses are only permitted within a wholly enclosed building.

    c) The sale of cannabis or cannabis products is not permitted as an accessory use to any cannabis production facility or outdoor cannabis cultivation.

    d) Where a minimum separation distance is required between a cannabis production facility or outdoor cannabis cultivation use and a sensitive land use, such minimum separation distance shall be measured from the nearest lot line of the lot containing the cannabis production facility or outdoor cannabis cultivation to:

    i) Any residential use in the Rural Zone – to the nearest exterior wall of the dwelling;

    ii) Any residential use in a Residential Zone or Shoreline Zone – to the nearest lot line of the residential use;

    iii) Uses permitted in the Institutional (I) Zone – to the nearest lot line;

    iv) Uses permitted in the Open Space (OS) Zone - to the nearest lot line; or,

    v) Notwithstanding the requirements of Section 4.5(d)(i)(ii)(iii) and (iv), where a lot containing a Cannabis Production Facility or Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation is immediately adjacent to a lot containing a sensitive land use, the minimum separation distance shall be measured from the nearest exterior wall of the Cannabis Production Facility or the nearest crop line of the Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation to the nearest exterior wall of the building on the lot containing the sensitive land use.

    e) Notwithstanding any other provision of this By-law to the contrary, a Cannabis Production Facility and Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation shall not be permitted on a lot with a bed and breakfast establishment, short term rental, or home occupation.

    REGULATIONS APPLYING TO CANNABIS PRODUCTION FACILITIES

    Notwithstanding any other provisions of this By-law to the contrary, the following additional requirements shall apply to cannabis production facilities where permitted:

    a) A cannabis production facility shall be setback a minimum separation distance of 300 metres from a sensitive land use as measured in accordance with the requirements of Section 4.5(d) of this Zoning By-law;

    b) A cannabis production facility shall only be permitted in new, purpose-built buildings equipped with an air treatment control system. Existing buildings or structures may not be converted or retrofitted for cannabis cultivation, production, processing, research or testing uses.

    c) Notwithstanding Sections 1.14 and 1.16 of this Zoning By-law, any expansion of an existing cannabis production facility or an addition to any buildings or structures thereto must comply with the requirements of this Zoning By-law.

    d) The establishment of or expansion to a cannabis production facility shall be subject to Site Plan Control.

    e) Where permitted, the following provisions apply to cannabis production facilities:

    Table 4.5.1.1: Requirements for Cannabis Production Facilities



    Micro-Cultivation and Micro-Processing as defined by Federal Regulation SOR-2018-144


    Standard-Cultivation and Standard-Processing as defined by Federal Regulation SOR-2018-144


    Min Lot Area


    3 ha


    10 ha

    Min Lot Frontage

    100 m

    200 m

    Min Front Yard

    20 m

    80 m

    Min Interior Side Yard

    15 m (*1)

    40 m (*2)

    Min Exterior Side Yard

    20 m

    80 m

    Min Rear Yard

    15 m (*1)

    40 m (*2)

    Max Lot Coverage

    30%

    30%

    (*1) Except where ventilating fans in a wall exhaust into the respective side or rear yard, in which case the minimum side or rear yard setback shall be 25 metres.

    (*2) Except where ventilating fans in a wall exhaust into the respective side or rear yard, in which case the minimum side or rear yard setback shall be 60 metres.

    f) A cannabis production facility shall not be permitted on a lot containing a dwelling unit.

    g) Where a building, or structure is used for a cannabis production facility and such use is located adjacent to a Residential Zone, Shoreline Zone, Institutional Zone, or Open Space Zone, a 3 metre wide landscaping strip shall be provided along the lot line adjacent to the Residential Zone, Shoreline Zone, Institutional Zone, or Open Space Zone.

    h) Outdoor storage on a lot containing a cannabis production facility is prohibited.

    i) Notwithstanding Section 4.1 of this Zoning By-law, an accessory structure on a lot containing a cannabis production facility shall be located in accordance with the minimum yard setbacks and lot coverage requirements of Section 4.5.1(e) of this Zoning By-law.

    j) Notwithstanding Section 4.5.1 (i) of this Zoning By-law, an accessory building or structure located on the same lot as a cannabis production facility that is used exclusively for security purposes, may be located in any required yard and does not have to comply with the minimum front, side or rear yard setbacks of this Zoning By-law.

    k) Notwithstanding Section 5.10 of this Zoning By-law, loading areas for a cannabis production facility shall be located within a wholly enclosed building in accordance with the minimum yard setbacks of Section 4.5.1(e) of this Zoning By-law and shall be screened by building placement or landscaping.

    l) No outdoor signage or advertising for the cannabis production facility shall be permitted.

    m) Off-street parking for a cannabis production facility shall be provided in accordance with Section 5 of this By-law.

    REGULATIONS APPLYING TO OUTDOOR CANNABIS CULTIVATION

    Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Zoning By-law to the contrary, the following additional requirements shall apply to outdoor cannabis cultivation where permitted:

    a) Outdoor cannabis cultivation shall be setback a minimum distance separation of 300 metres from a sensitive land use as measured in accordance with the requirements of Section 4.5(d) of this Zoning By-law; and,

    b) Outdoor cannabis cultivation shall be setback a minimum of 50 metres from the lot lines of the lot on which the cannabis operation is located.

    HOME OCCUPATIONS

    GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

    Where a home occupation is permitted, the following provisions shall apply:

    a) the home occupation is clearly secondary to the principal residential use of the lot and does not change the residential character of the dwelling unit or the lot;

    b) a maximum of one (1) home occupation is permitted in association with a principal dwelling on a lot;

    c) a home occupation is not permitted within an additional dwelling unit;

    d) the home occupation shall be located wholly within a principal dwelling unit or an accessory building thereto;

    e) the maximum gross floor area of the home occupation shall not exceed 25% of the gross floor area of the principal dwelling on the lot;

    f) where the home occupation is located in an accessory building, such accessory building shall comply with the zoning requirements for accessory buildings on the lot;

    g) a home occupation is only permitted on a lot that has frontage on an open, municipally maintained public street, road or highway;

    h) not more than one (1) employee, in addition to the residents of the dwelling unit, may be engaged in the business and working in the dwelling;

    i) a home occupation providing instructional services for academic, leisure or hobby activities or a private home daycare may only be permitted in a detached dwelling;

    j) where a home occupation provides instructional services for academic, leisure or hobby activities, no more than four (4) students may occupy the premises for an instructional session at any one time;

    k) a private home daycare may offer temporary care to no more than 5 persons for a continuous period not exceeding 24 hours;

    l) no outdoor storage or display of materials, equipment, wares or merchandise is permitted;

    m) no external advertising other than a sign erected in accordance with the Town of Penetanguishene Sign By-law is permitted;

    n) only the sale of goods assembled, crafted or produced on the lot is be permitted. Notwithstanding, mail order sales shall be permitted;

    p) off-street parking for the home occupation shall be provided in accordance with Section 5 of this By-law;

    q) the home occupation shall not create nor become a public nuisance due to dust, noise, vibration, odour, smoke, external lighting or traffic generated by the use; and,

    r) the home occupation shall not involve the use of any hazardous or toxic chemicals.

    PROHIBITED USES

    Notwithstanding the above, the following uses shall not be permitted as a home occupation:

    a) any use offering temporary lodging;

    b) any use involving the sale of prepared food for human consumption;

    c) any use involving the storage, repair, maintenance and/or towing of motor vehicles, tractor trailers or other machinery or equipment;

    d) Contractor’s yard;

    e) Dating bureaus/escort services;

    f) Medical Clinic;

    g) Retail stores; and

    h) Taxi service depot/dispatch.

    PLATFORMS AND PORCHES

    Notwithstanding any applicable zone standards, platforms and porches are permitted as an accessory structure in accordance with Table 4.13.1.

    Table 4.13.1: Regulations for Platforms and Porches


    Height Above Ground Level



    Platforms and Porches

    Ground Level to 1.2 Metres

    Platforms

    1.2 to 3.0 Metres


    Setbacks for Accessory Platforms and Porches Attached to a Main Building


    Front Yard



    May extend out from main wall of the main building but shall be located no closer than 3.5 metres to the front lot line.


    Must meet required setbacks of the zone in which the accessory platform is located.


    Exterior Side Yard


    May extend out from main wall of the main building but shall be located no closer than 3.5 metres to the exterior side lot line.


    Must meet required setbacks of the zone in which the accessory platform is located.


    Interior Side Yard


    Must meet the required setbacks of the zone in which the accessory platform or porch is located. Notwithstanding, where there is a common wall between a semi-detached or townhouse dwelling, any accessory platform or porch attached to a main wall of such dwelling unit must be setback 0.6 metres from the interior side lot line.


    Rear Yard


    An accessory platform may be located no closer than 2.0 metres to a rear lot line.


    Setbacks for Platforms or Porches Attached to an Accessory Building


    Where a platform or porch is attached to an accessory building, the platform or porch shall comply with the setback requirements for the accessory structure.


    Maximum Projection From a Main Wall


    The maximum depth of a porch shall be 3.0 metres measured from

    the main wall of the building from which the porch projects to the front face of the porch.



    Setbacks for Detached, Stand-Alone Platforms


    An accessory, detached, stand-alone platform shall comply with the setback requirements for accessory structures.


    Not permitted


    Measuring Height


    Notwithstanding the definition of ‘height’ as provided in Section 3 of this By-law, in the case of a platform, the measurement of height shall be taken from the the highest point of the platform to the finished grade at ground level. In the case of a porch, the maximum height shall be measured from the porch floor to the finished grade at ground level.


    Lot Coverage


    Accessory platforms and porches are included when calculating maximum lot coverage. An additional 4% lot coverage shall be permitted in all Residential Zones for the construction of accessory platforms and porches.


    Stairs and Landings


    Notwithstanding the above provisions, stairs and stair landings providing access to an accessory platform or porch may encroach into a required yard but shall be located no closer than 1.0 metre from any lot line.


    SHIPPING CONTAINERS

    Notwithstanding any other provision in this By-law, the temporary placement of one (1) shipping container is permitted per lot in a Residential Zone provided the shipping container:

    a) Is located on the driveway;

    b) Is set back a minimum of 1.0 metre from any lot line;

    c) Has a maximum height of 2.5 metres, a maximum width of 2.5 metres and a maximum length of 6.0 metres; and

    d) Is not located on the lot for more than 30 days in a calendar year.

    SHORT TERM RENTAL UNITS

    Where permitted by this By-law, a maximum of one short term rental unit is permitted on a residential lot in accordance with the following:

    a) A short term rental unit may only be located in a single detached dwelling that is the principal building on the lot;

    b) A short term rental unit shall not be permitted:

    i) within a detached accessory building;

    ii) in a recreational vehicle;

    iii) in a tent or other similar temporary structure; or

    iv) on a lot containing an additional dwelling unit, garden suite, home occupation, group home, or boarding and rooming house;

    c) A short term rental unit shall only be permitted on a lot fronting on an open and municipally maintained street or road;

    d) A short term rental unit shall only be permitted on a lot serviced by municipal water services and municipal sewage services; and,

    e) A short term rental unit shall have a maximum of four (4) guest rooms with an overall total maximum occupancy of 8 persons for the rental unit as a whole.









  • Week 2 - Definitions

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    The Zoning By-law provides guides on how to use the Definitions section of the document. It states that all words within the body of any section, subsection or table that are bolded are defined in By-law. Each of the uses defined are distinct and separate from other defined uses unless the definition indicates otherwise. Unless otherwise defined, the words and phrases used in this By-law are defined as per the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.

    Here are some of the key definitions to be aware of:

    • Accessory Building or Structure means a detached building or structure, the use of which is incidental to, subordinate to and exclusively devoted to the principal use in the main building located on the same lot.
    • Building means a structure occupying an area greater than 10.0 m2 consisting of any combination of a wall, roof and floor, or a structural system serving the function thereof, including all associated works, fixtures and service systems.
    • Dwelling Unit means one or more habitable rooms designed, occupied, or intended to be occupied as living quarters as a self-contained unit and shall, at a minimum, contain sanitary facilities, a kitchen, and accommodation for sleeping.. The dwell-ing units regulated by By-law are defined below:
    • Additional Dwelling Unit means a dwelling unit that is self-contained, subordinate to and located within the same building or on the same lot as/of a principal dwelling unit.
    • Duplex Dwelling means a building having a maximum of two dwelling units.
    • Garden Suite means a detached dwelling unit that is accessory to the principal dwelling unit on the same lot and which is designed to be portable.
    • Multiple Dwelling means a dwelling unit in a building containing four or more dwelling units each with an entrance that is independent or through a shared hall-way, landing and/or external stairwell.
    • Principal Dwelling means a dwelling unit that has a greater floor area than the accessory dwelling unit in the same dwelling.
    • Semi-Detached Dwelling means a dwelling unit in a building that is divided vertically into two dwelling units that share a common wall above and below grade.
    • Single Detached Dwelling means a dwelling unit in a building containing only one dwelling unit, but does not include a mobile home.
    • Townhouse Dwelling means a dwelling unit in a building that is vertically divided above and below grade into a minimum of three dwelling units, each of which has an independent entrance to the outside to the front, rear and/or side of the building and a yard abutting at least two of the exterior walls of each dwelling unit.
    • Triplex Dwelling means a building having three dwelling units.
    • Height means with reference to a building or structure, the vertical distance measured from the established grade of the wall of the building or structure facing the front lot line.
    • Floor Area, Gross means the aggregate of the areas of each floor of a building or structure above or below grade, measured between the exterior faces of the exterior walls of the building or structure, or where there are common walls between us-es or buildings or structures; measured to the centreline of a common wall. The calculation of gross floor area excludes the areas of each floor used, or designed or intended for the parking of motor vehicles, unless the parking of motor vehicles is the principle use of the building or structure.
    • Floor Area, Net means the aggregate of the gross floor areas of a building above or below grade, but excluding: Motor vehicle parking areas within the building; Stairways and common hallways; Elevator shafts and other service and mechanical shafts; Service/mechanical rooms and penthouses; Washrooms; Waste/recycling rooms; Staff locker, staff restrooms and staff lunch rooms; Loading areas within and outside a building; Any space with a floor to ceiling height of less than 1.8 metres; and, Any part of a basement that is unfinished is used solely for storage purposes and is not accessible to the public.
    • Through Lot means a lot that is not a corner lot but has frontage on more than one street or highway. If a lot is a through lot, both of the lot lines abutting the street or highway are deemed to be front lot lines.
    • Lot Coverage means that percentage of the lot covered by the horizontal area of all buildings and structures excluding swimming pools. Lot coverage in each zone shall be deemed to apply only to that portion of such lot that is located within said zone.
    • Lot Frontage means the horizontal distance between the interior side lot lines and/or exterior side lot lines, with such distance being measured perpendicularly to the line joining the mid-point of the front lot line with the mid-point of the rear lot line at a point on that line that is 6.0 metres from the front lot line.
    • Exterior Side Lot Line means the lot line of a corner lot, other than the front lot line, which divides the lot from a street or highway.
    • Front Lot Line means the lot line that divides the lot from the street or highway.
    • Interior Side Lot Line means a lot line, other than a rear lot line that does not abut a street or highway.
    • Rear Lot Line means the lot line opposite to, and most distant from, the front lot line. For the purpose of this definition, if two side lot lines join at a point, that point shall be deemed as a rear lot line.
    • Platform means an accessory structure attached to or separate from a main build-ing, which may be open, or roofed, and which may be screened-in, but not fully enclosed, with or without access to the ground, the floor of which is above finished ground level. A platform does not include any stairs.
    • Short Term Rental Unit means a dwelling or dwelling unit, that in whole or in part, is rented or available for rent with the intention of financial compensation for an occupancy period of not more than 28 consecutive days but shall not include a bed and breakfast establishment, hotel, motel or any other use otherwise defined by this By-law.
  • Week 1 - How to Use a Zoning By-law

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    In order to use the Zoning By-law most easily, a property owner should follow each of the steps listed below to determine what provisions apply to their particular property.

    1. The first step to using the By-law is to refer to the Zone Schedules (e.g. maps) that are contained at the back of the By-law to determine in which zone category or categories your property is located. The zone category will be indicated on the Schedules by a symbol or abbreviation. For example, you may see a symbol such as “MUC” that applies to your property. This would indicate that your property is within the ‘Mixed Use Commercial Zone’.

    2. The next step to using this By-law is to determine what uses are permitted on your property. By-law has different sections which identify the permitted uses for each zone in the Town. There are definitions that can assist you if you are not sure of the nature of a use or how it has been defined for the purposes of this By-law. Words that are defined are highlighted bold throughout the By-law. If a word is not in bold lettering, it is not specifically defined. Uses that are defined and then not identified as permitted uses within a particular zone are not permitted in that specific zone.

    3. The next step is to determine what standards may apply to the uses on your property. Sections of the By-law identify the standards for each zone including minimum lot area, minimum frontage, minimum yards, maximum lot coverage for buildings, and the maximum permitted height of buildings.

    4. Now that you are aware of the uses permitted on your property and the specific zone Standards that apply to those uses, reference should be made to the General Provisions of this By-law which are more generic set of standards that apply across a number of zones throughout the Town.

  • Zoning for the Future Symposium

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    The Town hosted a Zoning for the Future Symposium that explored how the Town's plans for the future can inform the zoning that is prepared today.

    The video of the Symposium can be found on the Town's YouTube channel or by following this link:

    Zoning for the Future Symposium - June 25, 2019

    The Presentation given at the Symposium can be found by following this link:

    Presentation of the Zoning for the Future Symposium - June 25, 2019

  • Background Review Study

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    Council held a Workshop on September 25, 2019 to review the Background Review Study and "hot topics" to consider moving forward. The presentation and the Background Review Study can be viewed using the links below:

    Presentation on Background Review Study

    Draft Background Review Study dated September 5, 2019

    On November 5, 2019 a Public Open House was held with two sessions, one in the afternoon and one in the evening, on the Background Review Study. A brief presentation was given to the Public which can be found at the link below:

    Presentation on Background Review dated November 5, 2019 Study for Public Open House

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