On September 17, 2018, Council passed pdf By-law 18-64 . The purpose and effect of By-law 18-64 is to address the following housekeeping matters in the Town of Grimsby Zoning By-law (By-law 14-45, as amended):
- Mapping errors;
- Omissions of uses from certain zones;
- Previous site specific zoning permissions that were incorrectly transferred into the Zoning By-Law;
- Clarification of defined terms; and
- Clarification of existing regulations.
By-law 18-64 applies to all lands within the Town of Grimsby.
More information about By-law 18-64 can be found in the pdf Notice of Decision .
Section 37 of the Planning Act allows the council of a local municipality to permit an increase in the height and/or density of a proposed development above what is permitted in the Zoning By-law in exchange for the provision of facilities, services or community benefits. This process is often referred to as “height and density bonusing”. Although Section 37 applies to all Ontario municipalities, a municipality must include policies for Section 37 in their Official Plan in order to be able to use this authorization.
The Planning Act allows for applications to amend a municipal Official Plan and/or Zoning By-law to permit an increase in height and/or density regardless of whether a municipality has Section 37 height and density bonusing policies in their Official Plan.
Any increase in height and/or density that involves Section 37 height and density bonusing policies would likely still be achievable irrespective of whether or not Section 37 height and density bonusing policies are in place in the Town's Official Plan.
The objective of Section 37 is to provide municipalities with a planning tool to ensure that appropriate community facilities and benefits are provided in communities where development and intensification occurs.
Potential benefits that can be achieved under Section 37 include the following:
- Provision of new affordable housing in the form of land, residential units or cash contributions;
- Provision of or improvements to open space, parkland or community facilities (i.e. daycare, libraries, community centres, recreational facilities);
- Non-profit arts, cultural, community or institutional facilities;
- Public art;
- Provisions of streetscape improvements;
- Enhanced urban design and place making features;
- Provision for multi-modal transportation facilities;
- Enhanced public access to Natural Heritage Features, or trails and open spaces in the Niagara Escarpment;
- Conservation and preservation of cultural heritage resources;
- Land for municipal purposes, beyond that otherwise required under the Planning Act (i.e. through parkland dedication); and
- Enhanced environmental development performance standards or LEED certification that exceeds that required by the Official Plan.
A municipality cannot require a contribution of these benefits without Section 37 policies in place in its Official Plan.
In association with the amendment to the Town's Official Plan, Council also approved an pdf amendment to the Town's Zoning By-law and approved an pdf implementation guideline document for future development applications involving the height and density bonus provisions in Section 37 of the Planning Act.
The last day to submit appeals of Council's decision on these matters was August 7, 2018. There were no appeals received by this date, and therefore the new policies for height and density bonus provisions are now in effect.
Niagara Regional Council made a decision to modify and approve the Grimsby GO Transit Station Secondary Plan (Amendment No. 6 to the Town of Grimsby Official Plan) on May 3, 2018.
Notice of Regional Council's decision to modify and approve Official Plan Amendment No. 6 was distributed to all prescribed persons and bodies on May 4, 2018. The last date for filing a notice of appeal of the decision was May 24, 2018. No notices of appeal were received, and therefore Amendment No. 6 to the Town of Grimsby Official Plan is now in effect.
Amendment No. 6 to the Town of Grimsby Official Plan:
The Town of Grimsby has launched a study to develop a Secondary Plan and Urban Design Guidelines for the Town's Hospital Corridor. This area is defined as all properties fronting onto Main Street West from Nelles Road to West Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
Through the Town’s Official Plan, the Hospital Corridor had been identified as an area where strategic intensification and appropriate infill may be appropriate. A Secondary Plan will help the Town to proactively plan for the future of this area. Urban Design Guidelines will provide direction for the aesthetic improvement of the public realm in this area, through the identification of required streetscape improvements and desired future building design. Proactively planning for redevelopment will help to ensure that it will occur in a coordinated manner, while maintaining an overall cohesive vision for the Hospital Corridor area.
The purpose of the study is to outline clear development expectations for the Hospital Corridor area. As stated above, this is as an essential component in shaping the Corridor's future. The Secondary Plan process will:
- Create a long-term vision for the Hospital Corridor that illustrates clear redevelopment expectations, and
- Produce a policy document that refines current Town Official Plan policies to accommodate for intensification in a manner that has regard for the Hospital Corridor's commercial role and functioning, as well as being compatible with its surrounding neighbourhoods.
As part of the Secondary Plan process, a Hospital Corridor Vision will be developed where clear development expectations will be illustrated, and Town Official Plan policies will be refined to accommodate for intensification in a manner that has regard for the Hospital Corridor's commercial role and functioning, as well as being compatible with its surrounding neighbourhoods.
Key development aspects that will be discussed and addressed through this study include but are not limited to: the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital future role and function, as well as future building height, building frontages, land uses, transition to residential neighbourhoods, parking, loading, pedestrian access, active transportation, and built heritage matters.
SGL Planning and Design, in collaboration with LEA Consulting, ASI and urbanMetrics has been retained to complete the study. As part of the proposed study process the consulting team will be seeking public and local stakeholders input throughout the duration of the study, tentatively scheduled as follows:
- A Visioning Workshop (held June 6, 2018) - see presentation materials below
- A Design Options Open House (Fall of 2018)
- Final Secondary Plan and Statutory Public Meeting (Spring 2019)
Please check this page for future study updates.
For more information, please contact:
Amy Shanks, Planner
Phone: 905-945-9634 ext. 2192