Media Release: Town of Lincoln to implement new Comprehensive Zoning By-law and Zoning Updates for the Prudhommes Development Area

Media Release: Town of Lincoln to implement new Comprehensive Zoning By-law and Zoning Updates for the Prudhommes Development Area

Lincoln, ON – (June 30, 2022) – The Town of Lincoln is one step closer to updating its Comprehensive Zoning By-law, after approval by the Committee of the Whole at its June 29 meeting. This update also includes zoning updates to facilitate the envisioned development of the Prudhommes Development site. The new Zoning By-law is tentatively scheduled to be ratified at the Lincoln Council meeting on July 11.

“Town Council remains committed to creating a Lincoln that is future-focused and able to meet the changing and diverse needs of our community,” said Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton. “We are pleased with the purposeful plan that was presented last night that targets growth in our community to appropriate areas and ensures Prudhommes will be a community that is inclusive, sustainable, and helps fill the housing availability gap here in Lincoln.”

“The new Comprehensive Zoning By-law reflects the updated planning policy at all applicable levels of government,” said Tony Brunet, Ward 2 Councillor and Chair of the Planning and Economic Development Committee. “Some of these relate to flexibility in affordable housing options, on-farm diversification to support local farm operators and overall enhanced implementation of the Town’s Official Plan.”

“Throughout the duration of this project, there has been much collaboration, consultation with stakeholders and community members, and care taken towards understanding the needs of the community and the changing planning and development landscape,” said the Town’s Chief Administrative Officer Michael Kirkopoulos. “The new document has also been re-formatted to be more user-friendly, incorporating more visuals and improved organization.”

The updates specific to the Prudhommes development area incorporate flexibility to accommodate anticipated growth through a more compact built form, specifically in the eastern high-density area and to adjust the range of land uses according to latest market trends and community needs. While this flexibility is included, it is subject to detail design considerations in the future pertaining to infrastructure, traffic movement and facilitation and built form design.

For more information on the Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review and new approved By-law, including supporting documents, previous reports and public consultation documents, visit speakuplincoln.ca/zoning-by-law-review.

Information on the Prudhommes Development Site is available at speakuplincoln.ca/prudhommes-development.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Liliana Busnello
Manager of Corporate Communications
Town of Lincoln
Direct: 905-563-2799 ext. 230
Tel: 905-563-8205

 

Background

What is a Comprehensive Zoning By-law?

A Comprehensive Zoning By-law contains detailed information on the land and building forms that are allowed on each property in a community. Zoning By-laws are legally enforceable decisions of Council.

A Comprehensive Zoning By-law controls the land uses in a community such as:

  • How the land can be used
  • Where infrastructure can be located
  • Types of infrastructure permitted and how they can be used
  • Lot sizes and dimensions
  • Parking requirements, building heights, and setbacks

It provides a legal way of managing land use and future development. In addition to the Town’s Official Plan, a Zoning By-law protects you from future conflict and possibly unsafe land uses in your community.

That said, municipal zoning by-laws can be subject to amendments from time to time to respond to the constantly changing planning policy landscape and adapt to new scenarios; placing the emphasis on staff to review requests for changes on the merits specific to the property in question.

 

Why update the Comprehensive Zoning By-law?

The Town of Lincoln’s current Comprehensive Zoning By-law No. 93-14-Z1 was completed in 1993 and approved by the Ontario Municipal Board in 1995. Since this time, there have been significant changes from local, regional, national and even global perspectives regarding land-use policy considerations as well as market trends and growth projections. As such, provincial policy changes and development trends resulted in the need to update the Town’s Comprehensive Zoning By-law. These have included the establishment of the Greenbelt Plan in 2005 (updated in 2017) and provincial policy changes around agricultural and agri-tourism diversification.

In addition, the Provincial Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe was implemented and subsequently updated which forecasts and looks to accommodate growth through intensification and compact built forms, and affordable housing. Furthermore, the Town updated its Official Plan in 2016 and passed new Secondary Plans to shape growth for lands, such as in the Prudhommes area and around the Beamsville intensification corridor/Future Potential GO Station area which also necessitated a review of the Zoning By-law.

 

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