Planning Documents Housekeeping Review

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The Town of Yarmouth is undertaking a series of housekeeping changes to the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law (zoning). Housekeeping changes or amendments are intended to keep a Land Use By-law, user friendly, accurate and manageable. The proposed housekeeping changes have come to light through day to day usage of the document and are to edit, clarify and update the By-law since it’s adoption in June 2016. Housekeeping Amendments are intended to address minor changes and updates to the Town’s planning documents.

Notable changes identified for proposed amendments are as follows:

  1. Correcting typographical errors, replacing terms, revising definitions, and consolidating similar definitions to improve consistency and clarity.
  2. Permitted use tables have been added to give an ‘at a glance’ review of what is permitted in zones within each section.
  3. Permitted Use Additions: Some uses were enabled and described in the Municipal Plan as being permitted in specific zones, and were mistakenly not written into the Land Use By-law. Clarity has also been added regarding solar panels being permitted in all zones.
  4. Incorrect References: As different parts were added within the Land Use By-law, certain cross-references needed to be updated. Certain defined uses also did not use consistent language.
  5. Municipal Plan Inconsistencies: Some uses were enabled in the text within the Municipal Plan and not applied to the Land Use By-law. Of note, kennels should have been permitted in the Commercial Industrial (CI-4) Zone but were erroneously permitted in the Waterfront Commercial Industrial (WCL-5) Zone.
  6. Clearer Language: Certain uses did not use consistent language as their definition. An example of this is Art Galleries sometimes being referenced as ‘Galleries’ or being joined in text references with Museums in the current document.
  7. Mapping Errors were identified for 17/19 Seminary Street, which is currently a four-unit multiple unit building but is zoned R-1 (Low Density Residential (single-family)). A four-unit building is an R-2 (Medium Density Residential) Zone use, and the property’s zoning is proposed to be updated to reflect this. A second mapping error was identified for 213 Main Street, which is proposed to be included in the Central Business District designation of the Municipal Planning Strategy.

The Town of Yarmouth is undertaking a series of housekeeping changes to the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law (zoning). Housekeeping changes or amendments are intended to keep a Land Use By-law, user friendly, accurate and manageable. The proposed housekeeping changes have come to light through day to day usage of the document and are to edit, clarify and update the By-law since it’s adoption in June 2016. Housekeeping Amendments are intended to address minor changes and updates to the Town’s planning documents.

Notable changes identified for proposed amendments are as follows:

  1. Correcting typographical errors, replacing terms, revising definitions, and consolidating similar definitions to improve consistency and clarity.
  2. Permitted use tables have been added to give an ‘at a glance’ review of what is permitted in zones within each section.
  3. Permitted Use Additions: Some uses were enabled and described in the Municipal Plan as being permitted in specific zones, and were mistakenly not written into the Land Use By-law. Clarity has also been added regarding solar panels being permitted in all zones.
  4. Incorrect References: As different parts were added within the Land Use By-law, certain cross-references needed to be updated. Certain defined uses also did not use consistent language.
  5. Municipal Plan Inconsistencies: Some uses were enabled in the text within the Municipal Plan and not applied to the Land Use By-law. Of note, kennels should have been permitted in the Commercial Industrial (CI-4) Zone but were erroneously permitted in the Waterfront Commercial Industrial (WCL-5) Zone.
  6. Clearer Language: Certain uses did not use consistent language as their definition. An example of this is Art Galleries sometimes being referenced as ‘Galleries’ or being joined in text references with Museums in the current document.
  7. Mapping Errors were identified for 17/19 Seminary Street, which is currently a four-unit multiple unit building but is zoned R-1 (Low Density Residential (single-family)). A four-unit building is an R-2 (Medium Density Residential) Zone use, and the property’s zoning is proposed to be updated to reflect this. A second mapping error was identified for 213 Main Street, which is proposed to be included in the Central Business District designation of the Municipal Planning Strategy.