Public Information Meeting - Technical (Housekeeping) Amendment Zoning By-Law Amendment (FILE NO. PZ-13-17) 

BRANTFORD CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS
100 Wellington Street, Brantford Ontario
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12th, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
There will be a brief presentation at 7:00 p.m.

The City of Brantford will be hosting a Public Information Centre on a City initiated Zoning By-law Amendment. Please see details on the proposed draft amendment below:

The Planning Department, in cooperation with various City departments, have identified a number of miscellaneous items in the Zoning By-law that need further clarification and updating. Below summarizes the proposed changes to Zoning By-law 160-90:

Topic Item Proposed Draft Changes (in bold)
Accessory Uses, Buildings and Structures Staff are proposing to modify some of the provisions respecting the location of accessory buildings/structures and accessory swimming pools:
(1) Modification in the Zoning By-law is proposed to clarify the compliance of accessory buildings and structures when closer to a main building then the minimum required 1.5 metres. This item has been identified to address concerns pertaining to allowing specific structures such as gazebos and decks closer to a main building or principal residence.
(2) Modification in the Zoning By-law is proposed to modify the height of decks surrounding an accessory swimming pool. The current by-law allows decks to surround pools, but they cannot be higher than 1.2 m. Regularly the Building Department is receiving permits for above ground pools larger than 54”(1.372m). A slight increase in height will address changes in the pool industry and will provide some flexibility when constructing decks around pools.
Planning staff are recommending that the Zoning By-law be modified as such:
6.3.1.3 - In Residential Zones, no accessory building or structure shall be located:
.4 - Closer than 1.5 m to any main building or structure on the lot. Where less than 1.5 m is provided, the accessory use, building or structure shall comply with the setback requirements of the main building or structure on the lot.
6.3.2.1 - Swimming pools in all Residential Zones shall be subject to the following regulations:
.6 be permitted to have surround structure of an above ground outdoor swimming pool attached or detached to the main building on the lot where such deck surround structure is 1.4 m (1.2 m) or less in height and otherwise complies with the provisions of this Bylaw regarding accessory structures; (and)
Apartments on the Ground Floor in Core Commercial Zone (C1 Zone The Official Plan provides policy guidance for residential development to be located above non-residential uses in Core Commercial Areas.
The intent of the Official plan is to limit residential uses from being located at grade to ensure that street level activity is directed towards commercial activities and enhancement of the pedestrian realm. The current permitted uses of Apartment Buildings, Dwelling Units in existing buildings do not provide a restriction from the ground floor. These are separately defined and permitted from “Mixed Use Buildings”.
“9.1.1 .2 Apartment dwellings
“9.1.1 .13 Dwelling units in existing buildings
“9.1.2.2 Dwelling Units in Existing Buildings”
.1 No dwelling unit shall be established in any portion of the ground floor area located adjacent to the front lot line and originally designed and/or used for non-residential purposes."
Staff are proposing to amend Zoning By-law to restrict first storey residential units within the Core Commercial (C1) Zone
Three sections to be amended
“9.1.1 .2 Apartment dwellings, located above the first storey;
“9.1.1 .13 Dwelling units in existing buildings, located above the first storey;
“9.1.2.2.1 No dwelling unit shall be established in any portion of the ground floor area of an existing building (located adjacent to the front lot line and) originally designed and/or used for non-residential purposes.
Broadening the definition of “landscaped open space Staff is proposing to broaden the definition of “landscaped open space” to permit and encourage additional forms of landscaping including but not limited to: the cultivation of a garden, fruits or vegetables as landscaped open space. The City’s Zoning By-law does not currently contemplate the cultivation of fruits or vegetables as landscaped open space. Planning staff are recommending that the Zoning By-law be modified as such:
2.12.1 “shall mean space is unoccupied by buildings and structures above ground level and open to the sky and which shall be comprised of lawn, ornamental shrubs, flowers, trees, and other horticultural elements and may include paths, sidewalks, courts, patios, fences, free-standing walls, retaining walls, decks 1.2 m or less in height, and outdoor amenity space accessory to the principal use on the lot, but shall not include any parking area, traffic aisles, driveways, ramps, or open storage”.
Proposed changes to Zoning By-law 160-90

For more information please contact:
Jeff Medeiros MCIP. RPP
Intermediate Development Planner
Tel: 519-759-4150, ext. 5184