New Sarnia Zoning By-law

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

On July 25, 2022, Sarnia City Council adopted the new Sarnia Official Plan. Following the plan's adoption, work began on a comprehensive Zoning By-law Review, which will result in the preparation of a new Zoning By-law for the City of Sarnia. The Planning Act requires municipalities to update their Zoning By-laws within three years of adopting a new Official Plan to ensure they conform.

What is a Zoning By-law

A Zoning By-law is a legal document that implements the City’s Official Plan and is the foundation for the day-to-day administration of land use standards across the city.
The City’s zoning by-law regulates the use of land in the City, including:

  • how land may be used
  • where buildings and other structures can be located
  • the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used
  • the lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and densities and setbacks from the street.

Construction or new development that does not comply with the zoning bylaw is not permitted unless an application for relief is approved by the approval authority – typically Council or the Committee of Adjustment.

Preparing a new Zoning By-law

Development of the new Zoning By-law was based on the following key factors:

  • simplifying and streamlining the document
  • conforming with updated policies/principles from the Province
  • implementing the new Official Plan
  • pre-zoning land for intensification
  • respect recent development approvals

The new zoning bylaw aligns with the City’s Official Plan and is user-friendly, streamlined, and transparent to provide a more efficient development review process.

Please submit any comments on the Draft Zoning By-law to sarnia@planpart.ca and planning@sarnia.ca.

On July 25, 2022, Sarnia City Council adopted the new Sarnia Official Plan. Following the plan's adoption, work began on a comprehensive Zoning By-law Review, which will result in the preparation of a new Zoning By-law for the City of Sarnia. The Planning Act requires municipalities to update their Zoning By-laws within three years of adopting a new Official Plan to ensure they conform.

What is a Zoning By-law

A Zoning By-law is a legal document that implements the City’s Official Plan and is the foundation for the day-to-day administration of land use standards across the city.
The City’s zoning by-law regulates the use of land in the City, including:

  • how land may be used
  • where buildings and other structures can be located
  • the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used
  • the lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and densities and setbacks from the street.

Construction or new development that does not comply with the zoning bylaw is not permitted unless an application for relief is approved by the approval authority – typically Council or the Committee of Adjustment.

Preparing a new Zoning By-law

Development of the new Zoning By-law was based on the following key factors:

  • simplifying and streamlining the document
  • conforming with updated policies/principles from the Province
  • implementing the new Official Plan
  • pre-zoning land for intensification
  • respect recent development approvals

The new zoning bylaw aligns with the City’s Official Plan and is user-friendly, streamlined, and transparent to provide a more efficient development review process.

Please submit any comments on the Draft Zoning By-law to sarnia@planpart.ca and planning@sarnia.ca.

  • New Zoning By-law Open House

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    The City will hold a Public Open House on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, on the Draft Zoning By-law at the Clearwater Arena, Lower Hall (1410 Wellington Street, Sarnia, ON).

    Open House No. 1

    • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Open House No. 2

    • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Following adopting the City’s new Official Plan, a new Zoning By-law has been prepared. A Zoning By-law is a legal document that implements the City’s Official Plan and is the foundation for the day-to-day administration of land use standards across the city. The By-law regulates the use of land in the City, including:

    • how land may be used
    • where buildings and other structures can be located
    • the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used
    • the lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and densities and setbacks from the street.

    Please join us on February 28 at the Clearwater Arena, Lower Hall, for an information session on the new Zoning By-law. The session will begin with a presentation that provides an overview of the structure and content of the By-law. Following the presentation, the team welcomes questions of clarification on the zones. Questions on specific properties will be addressed after the presentation and general clarification questions. Both sessions will include the same presentation, so please join the time that best suits your schedule. The draft Zoning By-law is posted on Speak Up Sarnia.

Page last updated: 30 Jan 2024, 03:46 PM