Zoning By-law 1999-52, as amended, governs the use of all lands, buildings and structures in the Town of Amherstburg and how a use, building or other structure may be located on a property.
Before a building permit can be issued for proposed changes to property, including additions to an existing building, a parking lot expansion or the construction of a home addition or deck, the Building department must confirm that the project meets the requirements of the zoning by-law applicable to that use, property, building or structure.
The policies and mandates of the Official Plan are implemented through the general zoning by-law.
From time to time, the Planning department will ask Council to make changes to the zoning by-law to address legislative changes and to better reflect changes in construction practices, land use demands and community needs.
Site-specific property changes in land use require approval by Council. Submission of a completed Zoning By-law Amendment Application is required. Consultation with the Manager of Planning Services prior to the acceptance of a rezoning application is a prerequisite.
In addition, a public meeting of Council must be held and notice given by newspaper notice or by written notice to adjacent property owners and tenants within 120 metres of the property under consideration. Council must give notice at least 20 days before it may pass a by-law approving the zoning change. In most cases, the Planning Act provides for public appeal of a zoning by-law change, subject to specific rules of appeal.