Online Open House for Zoning By-law Review

January 28, 2021
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontario – Residents and business owners looking to offer input into the City’s Zoning By-law have a new chance due to participate via an online Public Open House to learn more about the process and how to provide input.

Zoning By-Law Review Cornwall

In January 2021, consultants prepared the first draft of the new Zoning By-law following a Zoning Strategy Report released in September 2020. The Draft By-Law is now available online to review in advance of the online open house.

“We are excited to once again engage local residents and business owners as we move towards a new Zoning By-Law,” says Mary Joyce-Smith, Division Manager of Planning.  “This is an important review process and we want to ensure everybody has the opportunity to contribute to the discussion.”

The Zoning By-law divides the municipality into different land use zones (eg residential, commercial and industrial) and specifies the permitted uses and required standards in each zone.  This review process will result in a new Zoning By-law stipulating how land may be used, where buildings and other structures may be located, the types of buildings permitted and how they may be used, as well as lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks from the street. The Zoning By-Law is a legal document that implements the policies of the City’s Official Plan (2018).

Online Open House and Other Dates

The move to an online Open House has been made to protect the health and safety of the public, Council, and City employees given the current Stay-at-Home Order. Here are some key dates to note:

  • Monday, February 1, 2021: Video presentation and transcript, display boards, and online survey to be made available
  • Sunday, February 14, 2021: Online survey closes at 11:59 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021: The First Draft Zoning By-law will be presented to the City’s Planning Advisory Committee in the information or non-public meeting portion of the meeting.
  • Friday, February 26, 2021: An “As We Heard It” summary of the survey responses to be made available.

City staff are hoping people will take the time to look at the online materials and complete the online survey.

For additional information on the Zoning By-law Review process, please visit the City’s website or contact planning [at]


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