Understanding zoning bylaws can be a tricky endeavour and Niagara Region zoning bylaws are no different.
Home renovations, student housing, and property construction projects will be ongoing in the years ahead as investors take advantage of the limitless opportunities that the Niagara Region provides. Residents of all ages will benefit from the new developmental projects in the area but before any construction can begin, it’s important for investors to review the Niagara Region zoning bylaws beforehand.
What are Niagara Region Zoning Bylaws?
Zoning Bylaws control the use of land and how a property can be used within the boundaries of a region. The approval of businesses, buildings, and residential areas are addressed and regulated by a Zoning Bylaw, as well as the size and dimensions that are permitted within that area. These rules are created to keep a community running smoothly and are legally enforceable.
Unlike Provincial laws that provide a universal platform of law within the province’s borders, a Zoning Bylaw is catered to the specific needs within a district. Every municipality carries their own set of rules and regulations which are set by the regional or community council. A bylaw can vary from street to street. As it’s not uncommon for neighbours to be subjected to different rules and regulations, it’s very important for investors to consult the Niagara Region Zoning Bylaws before every project so that the rules and regulations are fully understood.
How often are Zoning Bylaws Reviewed and Updated?
To ensure the Niagara Region’s Zoning Bylaws align with the Provincial legislation and interests, the Zoning Bylaws in the area must be reviewed and updated every 5 years, according to Section 26 of the Planning Act. Consulting the Niagara Region’s Zoning Bylaws beforehand can help investors avoid costly fines or worse.
There are three main reasons for investors to consult the zoning bylaws: when opening or transferring an existing business to a new location, converting any property into a rental property, or when trying to obtain a building permit. Investors should note that since there are 12 regions within the Niagara Region, 12 different and separate zoning bylaws have been created by each of these regions.
Quick Links to all the Niagara Region’s Zoning Bylaws:
Niagara Falls Zoning Bylaw
Click here – The city of Niagara Falls is split into four regions: Chippawa and the land north of the Welland River, Willoughby Township, Crowland Township, and the Humberstone area. An interactive map is available for the Chippawa region, as well as an online text. To review the Zoning Bylaws for the Willoughby, Crowland, or Humberstone areas, the Planning Division will need to be contacted. Paper copies are available for purchase.
Port Colborne Zoning Bylaw
Click here – A full comprehensive document for the City of Port Colborne was made available May 2018. The city has been organized into ten separate areas and a map of each area has been provided.
St. Catherines Zoning Bylaw
Click here – Zoning inquiries can be made by contacting the Building and Planning Services Department. A full bylaw document has also been made available on the city’s website.
Thorold Zoning Bylaw
Click here – A complete version of the City of Thorold’s Zoning Bylaw can be purchased from the Planning Department.
Welland Zoning Bylaw
Click here – Welland’s Zoning Bylaw are divided into multiple sections on their website, but it should be noted that the information posted cannot be referenced. The Clerk’s Office can be contacted for more information.
Fort Erie Zoning Bylaw
Click here – Any questions can be directed to the Planning and Development Services and they can be contacted via telephone or through an emailed application. Zoning maps and Bylaws are provided through the town’s website.
Grimsby Zoning Bylaw
Click here – Grimsby’s Bylaws are available through purchase only by emailing the planning department.
Lincoln Zoning Bylaw
Click here – A complete copy of the Zoning Bylaws for the Town of Lincoln can be purchased for $60 at the Town’s Planning and Development Department, or can be downloaded for free.
Niagara-on-the-Lake Zoning Bylaw
Click here – There is a digitized version of the Zoning Bylaws available online but due to inaccuracies from ongoing changes, it is important to contact town hall.
Pelham Zoning Bylaw
Click here – The township’s map is divided into 6 regions. The Community Planning and Development department should be contacted for a full copy of the Pelham’s Zoning Bylaws.
Wainfleet Zoning Bylaw
Click here – The Wainfleet Township Office have copies of the Zoning Bylaws for purchase or to view. You can also access their website to obtain a digital copy.
West Lincoln Zoning Bylaw
Click here – West Lincoln’s new comprehensible Zoning Bylaws are available online or purchased at the Township Office.
The Niagara Region’s Zoning Bylaws are constantly evolving so while consulting the initial information that is provided through the area’s website, it is important for investors to contact the various departments in charge to see if any changes have been made.
Each of the 12 regions within the Niagara Region has recently updated their Zoning Bylaws. There are many projects proposed for the area and the Niagara Region will continue to grow and prosper in the upcoming years. Investors can expect to see big changes in the area as the community continues to grow.
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