A comprehensive zoning by-law (CZBL) is the Town’s land use regulatory document. The CZBL, together with the Official Plan (pdf), are the two most important documents used by Ontario municipalities to guide and direct how neighbourhoods and communities grow and evolve over time to meet the needs of both residents and businesses. 

No building permit can be issued unless it complies with the regulations that are contained within the CZBL. It is prepared and adopted by Council under Section 34 of the Planning Act, and it must conform with the policies and designations as set out in the Town’s approved Official Plan. The regulations contained within the Town’s new CZBL must also implement applicable law and be consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement as adopted by the Province of Ontario.  

The CZBL prescribes a broad range of land use and development-related standards/regulations, including, but not limited to:

  • what uses are permitted, and what buildings and structures can be built in various zone categories town-wide;
  • where buildings and structures can be built, and how high, how large, and how close to lot lines;
  • how large lots have to be, and what servicing needs to be in place before you can obtain a building permit; and
  • minimum parking standards for various building and land use types.

A draft of the new comprehensive zoning by-law (PDF) has been prepared (including the new map schedules), together with a background report (PDF) that describes a number of key zoning issues that are being addressed as part of this new CZBL. 

When adopted, this By-law will replace the Town’s existing zoning by-law (By-Law 5050).

Public Information Meetings

There were two virtual public information meetings (as part of the Special Planning Advisory Committee Meetings) held on Thursday, May 27, 2021 and on Thursday, June 10, 2021.  The public notice (PDF) for these meetings provides more information.

The Statutory Public Meeting (as part of a Special Meeting of LaSalle Council) was held virtually on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. This meeting is available to watch on the Town of LaSalle's YouTube Channel.

Anyone is welcome to make written and/or verbal comments either in support of or in opposition to the new Comprehensive Zoning By-law by July 19, 2021. The Comprehensive Zoning By-law will be presented at the August 24, 2021 Regular Meeting of LaSalle Council. Comments can be submitted by email or by calling 519-969-7770, ext. 1227.

Background Report

Background Report Cover Photo

Following the adoption and approval of the Town of LaSalle’s new Official Plan in 2018, the Town began the process of updating its Zoning By-law in May 2019. This update is intended to bring the Zoning By-law into conformity with the policies of the Official Plan, and to address a number of emerging challenges that the current Zoning By-law struggles to address.

The purpose of the Background Report (PDF) is to provide an overview of these key ‘special issues’ and articulate how the new Draft Zoning By-law proposes to address them. The Report describes how these issues are addressed in the Town’s Official Plan, examples of how other comparable municipalities have handled similar circumstances and how the applicable provisions in the new Draft Zoning By-law aim to overcome these challenges.

This Report provides an explanation for why certain directions and approaches were taken in the preparation of the new Draft Zoning By-law including:

  • Additional Residential Units
  • Lodging Houses
  • The LaSalle Town Centre - Malden Road and Sprucewood Avenue
  • Mixed-Use Corridors
  • Rural & Agricultural Areas
  • Farm Help Accommodations
  • Future Urban Development