Town Initiated Zoning By-Law Amendment: Residential Driveway Standards

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Parking demands in Ajax’s residential neighbourhoods have been on the rise for several years. An increase in the number of privately-owned vehicles per household combined with higher density residential developments has resulted in a scenario where many property owners have more vehicles than parking spaces.

To address this issue, the Town of Ajax is proposing a Town-initiated Zoning By-Law Amendment that will modify many of the By-Law’s existing residential driveway standards. The amendment will also help to address other known issues relating to residential driveways and to remedy situations where zoning requirements do not accurately reflect current conditions and practices.

Once implemented, these amendments will facilitate numerous Town objectives such as:

  • Allowing property owners to address parking needs on their own private properties;
  • Alleviating issues resulting from on-street parking;
  • Providing more flexibility to property owners who wish to undertake landscaping improvements on their properties;
  • Maximizing the number of legal parking spaces that can be accommodated on existing driveways;
  • Reducing the administrative burden of minor driveway-related applications;
  • Matching Zoning By-Law standards to current and desirable forms of driveway design;
  • Enabling the Town to prevent undesirable forms of driveway design;
  • Simplifying existing Zoning By-Law standards;
  • Facilitating storm water management through the preservation of existing landscape features; and
  • Creating a consistent policy framework where Zoning By-Law standards directly align with other municipal documents impacted by the recently approved Boulevard Encroachment Policy.

Electronic Public Open House: How to Participate

Due to COVID-19, physical attendance is not permitted at the public open house.

Zoom Meetings

  • Tuesday, February 9, 2021: 2-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 9, 2021: 7-9 p.m.

Two separate public open houses will be held electronically on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, using the Zoom Webinar platform. The first will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. and the second will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. In order to participate, you will need to register for one of the public open houses.

Register for the Virtual Public Open House

Once you have registered, a link to the Zoom Webinar will be provided to you via e-mail. Participation for each public open house is limited to 85 participants. For those that are unable to attend, the electronic public open houses will be recorded and made available for viewing on this page.

Other forms of public participation:

Written Submission

Written submissions can be provided until Friday, February 26, 2021. These submissions can be made below or can be e-mailed directly to Mike Sawchuck, Senior Planner, at michael.sawchuck@ajax.ca.

Oral Submission

Oral submissions can be provided until Friday, February 26, 2021. These submissions can be made by calling 905-619-2529 ext. 3270 and leaving your comments via voicemail message. When leaving a message, please reference the “Driveways Project” and provide your full name, address, phone number and an e-mail address.

If you would like to receive further notifications regarding this Zoning By-Law Amendment please subscribe to this project (STAY INFORMED) or contact Mike Sawchuck, Senior Planner, at michael.sawchuck@ajax.ca or 905-619-2529, ext. 3200.

Parking demands in Ajax’s residential neighbourhoods have been on the rise for several years. An increase in the number of privately-owned vehicles per household combined with higher density residential developments has resulted in a scenario where many property owners have more vehicles than parking spaces.

To address this issue, the Town of Ajax is proposing a Town-initiated Zoning By-Law Amendment that will modify many of the By-Law’s existing residential driveway standards. The amendment will also help to address other known issues relating to residential driveways and to remedy situations where zoning requirements do not accurately reflect current conditions and practices.

Once implemented, these amendments will facilitate numerous Town objectives such as:

  • Allowing property owners to address parking needs on their own private properties;
  • Alleviating issues resulting from on-street parking;
  • Providing more flexibility to property owners who wish to undertake landscaping improvements on their properties;
  • Maximizing the number of legal parking spaces that can be accommodated on existing driveways;
  • Reducing the administrative burden of minor driveway-related applications;
  • Matching Zoning By-Law standards to current and desirable forms of driveway design;
  • Enabling the Town to prevent undesirable forms of driveway design;
  • Simplifying existing Zoning By-Law standards;
  • Facilitating storm water management through the preservation of existing landscape features; and
  • Creating a consistent policy framework where Zoning By-Law standards directly align with other municipal documents impacted by the recently approved Boulevard Encroachment Policy.

Electronic Public Open House: How to Participate

Due to COVID-19, physical attendance is not permitted at the public open house.

Zoom Meetings

  • Tuesday, February 9, 2021: 2-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 9, 2021: 7-9 p.m.

Two separate public open houses will be held electronically on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, using the Zoom Webinar platform. The first will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. and the second will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. In order to participate, you will need to register for one of the public open houses.

Register for the Virtual Public Open House

Once you have registered, a link to the Zoom Webinar will be provided to you via e-mail. Participation for each public open house is limited to 85 participants. For those that are unable to attend, the electronic public open houses will be recorded and made available for viewing on this page.

Other forms of public participation:

Written Submission

Written submissions can be provided until Friday, February 26, 2021. These submissions can be made below or can be e-mailed directly to Mike Sawchuck, Senior Planner, at michael.sawchuck@ajax.ca.

Oral Submission

Oral submissions can be provided until Friday, February 26, 2021. These submissions can be made by calling 905-619-2529 ext. 3270 and leaving your comments via voicemail message. When leaving a message, please reference the “Driveways Project” and provide your full name, address, phone number and an e-mail address.

If you would like to receive further notifications regarding this Zoning By-Law Amendment please subscribe to this project (STAY INFORMED) or contact Mike Sawchuck, Senior Planner, at michael.sawchuck@ajax.ca or 905-619-2529, ext. 3200.

  • Written submissions can be provided until Monday, February 15, 2021.

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