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Residential Infill Review

City Council directed a review of Official Plan policies, Zoning By-law standards and implementation procedures and practices as they relate to residential infill and intensification development and redevelopment in established residential neighbourhoods.

The purpose of the review was to evaluate and recommed specific changes to City policies, standards, procedures and practises that support appropriate and compatible infill and intensification in residential neighbourhoods.

As a result of the review, the City's Planning and Building Services is proposing changes to the City's Official Plan and Comprehensive Zoning By-law, and related implementation procedures and practices, with respect to residential infill and intensification development.

Special Council Meeting - Monday, May 1

City Council is hosting a public meeting to solicit public input and consider proposed changes to the City's Official Plan and Comprehensive Zoning By-law and related implementation procedures and practices with respect to residential infill and intensification development.
  • Monday, May 1
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Council Chambers - City Hall

The public is encouraged to attend and comment on the proposed changes to the Official Plan and Zoning By-law and related related implementation procedures and practices.

Public Notice

Read our public notice for more information regarding the meeting and detailed requirements for making written or oral submissions.

A recommedation report to City Council on draft amendments and related implementation procedures and practices will be available Monday April 24 online or by contacting the Planning and Building Services at 905.688.5601, ext 1601.

The public can attend the City Council meeting in person, watch the livestream of the meeting on the City of St. Catharines' website or watch the broadcast on TVCogeco.

 Proposed changes

As a result of the review, the City is proposing draft amendments to the City's Official Plan and Comprehensive Zoning By-law No. 2013-283.

Draft Official Plan amendment

The draft Official Plan amendment makes certain revisions and additions to Official Plan policy. Most of the revisions to the existing policy framework relate to strengthening urban design and lot creation policies.  Other changes to Official Plan policy include:

  • greater emphasis placed on Urban Design Guidelines as a mechanism to evaluate development/redevelopment
  • guidance for establishing a Design Review Panel to assist the municipality and proponents alike in evaluating development proposals
  • the introduction of policy related to public facilitation and notification.

Click here to see exactly what and where specific changes to Official Plan policy are proposed. 

Draft Zoning By-law amendment

The draft Zoning By-law amendment revises certain residential zone regulations and standards (primarily to the lower density Residential R1 and R2 zone categories) to better implement the policies of the Official Plan in relation to urban design matters and compatibility of new development/redevelopment within established residential neighbourhoods. 

Among other matters, the revisions to the by-law introduce averaging of front and exterior side yard setback requirements, increased lot widths, reduced height permissions, specific regulations for corner lots, increased landscaping standards, and introduction of lot coverage provisions.

Click here to see exactly what and where specific changes to the Zoning By-law standards are proposed. 

Background

A public information session was held on Feb. 16 to present the review's preliminary findings and to receive feedback from the public.


A second public information session was held on March 2 to present draft recommendations stemming from the review.

City planners presented a status update to City Council on Monday, March 27.

 

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