Town looking to get Oakville zoning regulation ‘right’

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Published July 27, 2023 at 12:21 pm

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Oakville residents are being asked to provide input on the town's zoning regulations by filling out an online survey. The survey includes questions on regulations for building a new home or making renovations such as a new deck, pool, basement apartment or home extension. PEXELS PHOTO

Is Oakville’s zoning bylaw too rigid or not rigid enough? The town wants to hear what you think.

The town has initiated a review of the South Oakville Residential Zoning By-law to ensure new development is compatible with existing regulations and in line with the Livable Oakville Official Plan.

It’s looking at the zoning regulations for detached and semi-detached homes located on properties zoned “Residential Low” (RL) south of Dundas St. to assess and provide more clarity around regulations for new homes, upgrades and renovations.

Residents are being asked to provide their input by filling out an online survey about the zoning regulations. The survey is open to the public until Aug. 14, 2023.

The survey includes questions on regulations for building a new home or making renovations such as a new deck, pool, basement apartment or home extension.

That information will then be used in amending the South Oakville Residential Zoning By-law. Additional public engagement is planned for this fall, followed by presentation to Council in 2024 for approval.

“Council and I need to know if you find our zoning bylaw too rigid or not rigid enough, and if it needs to be easier to understand and work with,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “We need to hear about your experience and your expectations so we can get it right or leave it alone.”
A Residential Character Study in 2018 by the town suggested recommendations for further review such as house height, landscaping and setbacks (the distance between the house and the property lines).

South Oakville stretches from Burloak Dr. in the west to Winston Churchill Blvd. in the east and Dundas St. in the north. This area is also home to four heritage conservation districts with an established neighbourhood character.

The survey is open to all residents in Oakville. Feedback on setbacks, height, residential floor area, dwelling depth, lot coverage and other aspects are important to consider during renovations or rebuilds.

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