On January 1, 1993 the Town of Westminster and parts of London, West Nissouri, North Dorchester and Delaware Townships became part of the City of London. Council adopted a comprehensive Official Plan amendment on July 2,1996 (Official Plan Amendment No. 88) to incorporate the annexed areas into the Official Plan. The Ontario Municipal Board approved OPA No.88 on December 23, 1998. The City's Official Plan contains City Council's objectives and policies to guide the physical development of the municipality. It provides direction for the allocation of land use, provision of municipal services and facilities, and preparation of regulatory zoning by-laws to control the development of land.
The primary means of implementing the Official Plan policies are through the specific regulations of a zoning by-law. A zoning by-law regulates, for any property, the range of permitted uses; building height, size and setback requirements; parking requirements and other controls on the use of a site.
Following the approval of the Comprehensive Official Plan amendment to incorporate the annexed areas into the Official Plan the Annexed Area Zoning Project was initiated to replace the inherited zoning regulations from the Townships of London, West Nissouri, North Dorchester and Delaware, and the Town of Westminster with appropriate regulations to be added to the City's Zoning By-law Z-1. The Planning Policy Review Committee (PPRC) of City Council has overseen this process and approved the release of draft zoning amendments for public review in April 2002.
On July 26, 2002, a letter was sent to all registered landowners in the annexed area plus those landowners within 120m (400 ft.) of the former City boundary. The draft zoning by-law amendments were circulated for comment in tabloid form and electronically through the City's website. Specific public meetings, in addition to those held by PPRC, were held in August 2002 to provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions and comment on the amendments. Approximately 120 people attended those meetings. A special Community meeting was also held, at the Ward Councillor's request, for the residents along Crumlin Road on September 10, 2002 with 40 people in attendance.
From the meetings, correspondence and conversations all the issues and/or concerns were documented, researched, resolved and/or included in a staff report prepared for the Planning Policy Review Committee (PPRC). A public meeting on the outstanding issues was held July 3, 2003.
On August 18, 2004 another letter was sent to all registered land owners in the annexed area notifying them of the formal public meeting on October 6, 2004 required under the Ontario Planning Act.
On October 6, 2004, the Planning Policy Review Committee (PPRC) held a public meeting to hear delegations from the public on the remaining issues. Landowners who raised an issue were circulated a copy of the recommendation and/or report on the issue and a notice of this meeting.
The Annexed Area Zoning By-law Amendments to Zoning By-law Z.-1 were adopted by Planning Policy Review Committee (PPRC) and Municipal Council on June 27, 2005. The adopted by-law was circulated and 16 appeals were submitted before the July 28, 2005 end of the appeal period. It is expected the Ontario municipal Board will hold a prehearing conference and it isn't expected that the amendments will be in place until late 2006/early 2007. In the interim, the former Town/Township Zoning By-laws will still apply.
If you require additional information please contact Chuck Parker, Senior Planner, City of London at (519) 661-2500 extension 4648.
Documents and Notices
All reports are available in a pdf format.
Recommended Zoning By-law Z.-1 Amendments
Chronology of Public Meetings and Notices
October 6, 2004
August 18, 2004
July 3, 2003
- April 29, 2003
- September 10, 2002
August 13 & 15, 2002
- April 22, 2002
- September 20, 2001
- May 16/June 6, 2001
- April 18, 2001