Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review

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The Town’s new Official Plan lays out a vision for Whitby’s future to ensure that as our community continues to grow, it does so sustainably.

The Town is now taking the next step to achieve the Plan’s vision by reviewing and updating Whitby's three current Zoning By-laws and combining them into one easy-to-read document. The goal: to create a new zoning by-law to manage land use and future development. Having one zoning by-law will make it easier for residents, developers and others to find information they are looking for.

The review will look at all types of land uses throughout Whitby, including residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural - that's why we want to hear from you!

The scope of this study includes all of Whitby, with the exception of the Brooklin expansion area as illustrated on the study map.

What is a Zoning By-law?

A Zoning By-law sets out the rules for how properties can be developed and used. This includes:

  • where a building can go
  • how big and tall a building can be
  • and more

Knowing your zoning is key before building an addition to your property, building a shed, creating a home-based business, widening your driveway or more.

Get Involved

As the Zoning By-law will look at all properties in Whitby – including residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural – community engagement is an important part of this review.

This is the second phase of community engagement for this project and residents are invited to review the Strategic Direction and Issue Identification reports that resulted from feedback collected during Phase One. Share your feedback on these materials:

  • Complete the online survey below by May 26
  • Register below to attend a Virtual Community Engagement Session on Tuesday, May 10 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Meeting Link - CLICK HERE)
  • Fill out this Interested Party form in order to preserve any potential appeal rights in the future to the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT), and/or be informed of future public meetings.

The Town’s new Official Plan lays out a vision for Whitby’s future to ensure that as our community continues to grow, it does so sustainably.

The Town is now taking the next step to achieve the Plan’s vision by reviewing and updating Whitby's three current Zoning By-laws and combining them into one easy-to-read document. The goal: to create a new zoning by-law to manage land use and future development. Having one zoning by-law will make it easier for residents, developers and others to find information they are looking for.

The review will look at all types of land uses throughout Whitby, including residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural - that's why we want to hear from you!

The scope of this study includes all of Whitby, with the exception of the Brooklin expansion area as illustrated on the study map.

What is a Zoning By-law?

A Zoning By-law sets out the rules for how properties can be developed and used. This includes:

  • where a building can go
  • how big and tall a building can be
  • and more

Knowing your zoning is key before building an addition to your property, building a shed, creating a home-based business, widening your driveway or more.

Get Involved

As the Zoning By-law will look at all properties in Whitby – including residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural – community engagement is an important part of this review.

This is the second phase of community engagement for this project and residents are invited to review the Strategic Direction and Issue Identification reports that resulted from feedback collected during Phase One. Share your feedback on these materials:

  • Complete the online survey below by May 26
  • Register below to attend a Virtual Community Engagement Session on Tuesday, May 10 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Meeting Link - CLICK HERE)
  • Fill out this Interested Party form in order to preserve any potential appeal rights in the future to the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT), and/or be informed of future public meetings.

Share Your Thoughts

The Town is working to develop a new Zoning By-law to help manage future growth and development. 

The new by-law will apply to all types of land uses including residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural. This means the by-law may change the rules for your property and others in Whitby. What rules do you think we should take a closer look at? 

(Examples include rules for accessory apartments, parking, landscaping, decks and detached garages)


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The by-laws governing the use of accessory structures are too restrictive. There are provisions for garages but only if there is space for a car of 2.75m wide; however, there are many of us that only want to make a smaller garage or shed for motorcycles. No provision at the moment. Also, the by-law would allow me to place a huge swimingpool covering a substantial amount of the open space but not allow me to put a slightly bigger shed.

There needs to be more clarity between minimum open spaces and developed spaces. In some cases they don't add up to 100%. Every zone should have the fraction clearly seen and add dup to 100.

Parking is a huge problem. Not enough of it. On my entire neighborhood, just about every house has nightly choreography of parking cars sideways and on grass followed by removals in morning. City needs to allow for the changed demographics, all these large homes that had lots of kids now have lots of adults who drive.

68 Elder Crescent

CFARIA 9 months ago

It's good to see Council promoting the protection of established neighborhoods. The March 15 and 22, 2021 articles in Whitby This Week by Mayor Mitchell on this very theme were well written and compelling, including the punchline that we should expect new policies and guidelines to protect established neighborhoods to generally lower permitted heights and densities around established neighborhoods. I would like to see the same objectives applied, to the greatest extent possible, to development applications already in the approval process. Specifically, the Barra Group proposal for an excessively high and large redevelopment of the Brock-Clemence-Green-Consumers block should not be approved and Council should do everything possible to ensure that it is not approved. The issues associated with the proposed development are well documented and on the public record, including excessive height, density, traffic, shade, etc. The proposed development would overwhelm our established neighborhood. Even considering the provincial intensification policy direction for Brock Street, the eastern section of this redevelopment proposal is not included in this intensification corridor. The proposal is totally out of character with the neighborhood. Let's do the right thing and find a way to stop this. It is not, or should not be, how the Town of Whitby develops into the future. Thank You!
Frank and Barbara D'Onofrio. 1007 Athol Street, Whitby, ON L1N 4A3.

fdonofrio about 1 year ago

Do not let downtown Whitby be a transit stop from Toronto to Oshawa. Stop the proposed development of a designated transit lane on Dundas. There is a go station close enough.
Cap the housing development. There are no grocery stores, restaurants or schools added to support this extreme population influx

Jwoo about 1 year ago
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