Zoning By-law 2004-90, as amended, regulates the use of land such as residential, commercial, industrial or institutional, as well as the:
- location, size and height of buildings or structures
- built form
- sets out parking and loading requirements
- other site specific requirements
If a property owner wishes to make changes to a property that deviates from the permitted uses or the regulations of the Zoning By-law, the owner must apply for a Zoning By-law Amendment or a Minor Variance.
Most Building Permits require Zoning approval from the Planning Services Department before they can be processed by the Building Services Department. Once approved by the Planning Services Department, a Zoning Certificate will be issued for the proposed development. The fee for the review and issuance of a Zoning Certificate is outlined in the Town’s Composite Fees and Charges By-law that is in force at the time of the permit application.
Where an individual requires written confirmation from the Planning Services Department, a Zoning Compliance Letter can be requested. This letter will outline the property address, will identify the current zoning of the property, and will identify the permitted uses of that zone. The request should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The letter will not be issued until payment for this service is received as outlined in the Town’s Composite Fees and Charges By-law. Payment can be made in-person or by sending a cheque to the municipal office with the attention to the Planning Services Department.
|Zoning By-law Amendment|
A Zoning By-law can be amended to change either the zoning of the land or to add special provisions to the zoning designation for a specific property. This amending by-law can be as little as changing the zoning designation from one to another, adding a use, or changing a requirement of the Zoning By-law.
Application requirements will be outlined at the Pre-Consultation stage. Due to the complex nature of the Zoning By-law Amendment process, it is recommended you engage a private land use planner early in the process so that they can assist in drafting your proposal, participate in the Pre-Consultation, and guide you through the process. At a minimum, you will be required to retain the services of a private land use planner to prepare a Planning Justification Report.
Fore more information, please see the Zoning By-law Amendment Information Sheet (link coming soon, check back later).
If a property owner wishes to make a minor change to the Zoning By-law regulations that would differ only slightly from the provisions, the owner may apply to the Committee of Adjustment for a Minor Variance, rather than a Zoning By-law Amendment. You should discuss this alternative first with Planning staff.
Fore more information, please see the Committee of Adjustment page.
The Zoning Tool identifies the zoning on an individual property basis. By connecting the zoning to the parcel level, the zoning tool permits users to find zoning for a property with an address search or by using standard zoom and pan tools. This information is presented both in a list and on a map.
How to Find Your Zoning
The following steps will lead you through the process for determining the zoning of your property. The full version of the Town of Midland Zoning By-law 2004-90 is made available on the Town website which can be accessed by clicking the “Zoning By-Law” button below the mapping window of the Midland Online Zoning Tool application. Please note that confirmation of the zoning of any property and the regulations and zoning provisions that apply should be sought through the Town’s Planning Department, by contacting ext. 2217 and asking for Zoning Information. A Planning First application for a Zoning Certificate can also be obtained, free of charge, to confirm that a proposed construction project will comply with the zoning for that property.
To view the zoning for your property (Please read all instructions before going to the map):
Zone Codes – Explanation
Each property is designated by a zone code that is formed from one or more parts; usually a letter designating the major land use type (e.g. R for Residential) and a number to define a land use subtype (e.g. Industrial “M2”). Exceptions can also apply to specific properties (e.g. R2-18) with “18” being the exception that applies to a particular property or properties. For a more in-depth explanation of the parts of the zone code, please refer to Section 3.1 of Zoning By-law 2004-90.
Zoning By-law Amendment Application
Note: Application forms coming soon. Please email email@example.com to request an application form in the interim.
|Citizen’s Guide to Land Use Planning for Zoning By-laws|