What is a Zoning By-Law?

A Zoning By-law is an implementation and regulatory tool for the Official Plan. Using a series of land use zones and classifications, it generally spells out:

  • How land and buildings may be used.
  • Where buildings and other structures may be located.

A Zoning By-law is a legally enforceable document meant to regulate land use and future development. Significant changes to land uses or zone regulations require a Zoning By-law Amendment and possibly an Official Plan Amendment. A minor variance may adapt small, technical adjustments to By-law provisions.

Zoning By-Law 19-2019

The Corporation of the Township of Alnwick/Haldimand updated their Comprehensive Zoning By-law pursuant to Section 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, C.P. 13 as amended, and adopted By-law 19-2019 on November 28th, 2019. The appeal period for the new Comprehensive Zoning By-law 19-2019 ends January 2nd, 2020.

View Comprehensive Zoning By-Law 19-2019


Applying for a Zoning By-law Amendment

Before you apply for a zoning amendment, please book a consultation with our Manager of Planning and Economic Development. During this consultation, they will discuss your plans with you and provide guidance on the process.

You may want to request a Zoning By-law Amendment if the use you would like for your property does not meet the permissions or exact standards of the Zoning By-Law.

An amendment to the By-law will only be considered if your proposed use is permitted by the Official Plan.