Beaconsfield is proposing to update city-wide zoning rules to deal with day-to-day issues ranging from water views, storage sheds to the appearance of buildings.
Council is proposing to revise zoning regulations dealing with land control and construction which were enacted in 1990.
“We’re looking at general modifications to the zoning, proposed modifications,” said Mayor David Pollock.
“It deals more with, as a community, do we want to allow in-law suites, do we want to permit people to have a small business in their homes, a bed and breakfast. Things along that line,” he added.
Following consultations with residents in the coming weeks, council is expected to begin the process of adopting the revised zoning bylaw on Sept. 24.
“We wanted to provide information to citizens, to allow them to better understand before we started the formal zoning process,” the mayor said.
The revisions being proposed do not address the contentious Angell Woods dossier.
Last year, the city had formed an advisory group consisting of Angell Woods land owners and citizens and hired a consulting firm with the aim of developing a new urban plan for the woodland which has been under a restrictive interim control bylaw since 2010.
“The two are different zoning processes,” Pollock said. “This particular one (currently being proposed) is looking at the whole city, whereas the interim control is specific to the Angell Woods area.”
Most of the 100 hectare woodland located between highways 20 and 40 rests in private hands. The two main owners have butted heads with the city over the past year or so, at one point hiring security guards to keep the public from using their land as a de facto nature park. Meanwhile, the Association for the Protection of Angell Woods (APAW), a non-profit group which formed in 1998, is striving to have the forested area preserved as an eco-territory.
“It’s an important dossier,” Pollock said of Angell Woods. “There are a number of different stake holders involved and we are reviewing and trying to advance this dossier but we have nothing to state publicly at this point.”
As for the proposed zoning changes, city officials will make a presentation on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. at city hall and then hold a discussion meeting with citizens on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. An open house with the city’s administration, where residents can ask questions about the proposals, is set for Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon and then from 1 to 4 p.m. The related consultation documents should be posted online by the city as of Aug. 29.
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