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4.1 Lot Width, Area and Yards

Table 6.4.1



Lot Width7.5 m
Lot AreaNo minimum
Yard abutting a street

DC Zone:

Floors 1 to 4:
Minimum: As required on Diagram 6A.
Maximum for first floor only: 1 m greater than Diagram 6A

DW, DL-A & DL-B Zones

(a) For buildings containing 4 floors:

Minimum: As required on Diagram 6A.
Maximum for first floor only: 1 m greater than Diagram 6A.


(b) For buildings containing greater than 4 floors:

Floors 1 to 2:
Minimum: As required on Diagram 6A.
Maximum for first and second floors only: 1 m greater than Diagram 6A.
Floors 3 to 8:
Minimum: As required on Diagram 6A, plus 2m.

Rear Yard & Side YardNone required for lots abutting Brant Street, Lakeshore Road, Old Lakeshore Road, John Street, Elizabeth Street, James Street, Pearl Street, Pine Street, Maria Street, Martha Street, both sides of Locust Street south of Elgin Street, and the east side of Locust Street between Elgin Street and Caroline Street

1.5 m for all other lots

Yard abutting a residential, DRM or DRL zone3 m
Yard abutting 'P' and 'PC' zonesnone required
Building setback abutting a creek block7.5 m, 4.5 m if block includes a 3 m buffer
Yard abutting a pipeline easement

7 metres rear yard; 3 metres side yard

Notwithstanding Part 1, Subsection 2.26 (5) of this by-law, no setback is required for a below grade parking structure in a DC, DW, DL-A and DL-B zone from a street line or a property line abutting a DC, DW, DL-A or DL-B zone.


Note: Lands within the outlined area shall be subject to the Yard requirements shown. Where no requirement is shown a minimum yard is not required. 

4.2 Building Height



  • DC zone: 4 storeys and 15 metres
  • DW zone: 8 storeys and 29 metres
  • DL-A zone: 10 storeys and 31.5 metres
  • DL-B zone: 6 storeys and 19.5 metres

The floor area of the second, third and fourth storeys of a building containing more than one storey must be at least 50% of the floor area of the first storey.

4.3 Floor Area Ratio and Density

Floor Area Ratio:

DC zone: 4.0:1 maximum
DW zone: 5.0:1 maximum
DL-A zone: 4.5:1 maximum
DL-B zone: 3.25:1 maximum

Notwithstanding the above, within the block bounded by James, Elizabeth, Pine and John Streets, south of the Trans Northern Pipeline, any building which has more than 50% of its gross floor area devoted to a public post-secondary educational institution may have a maximum building height of ten storeys and a maximum floor area ratio of 5.0:1.

Density for a residential building in a DW, DL-A & DL-B zone: 51 units/hectare minimum

4.4 Separation Distance

Standard Restaurant: 15 m between the use and a residential or DRL zone.
Fast Food Restaurant: 30 m between the use and a residential or DRL zone.
Night Club: 45 m between the use and a residential or DRL zone.

4.5 Built From

a) Parking areas and driveways shall be prohibited between any building and a street, other than a driveway access into an elevated or underground parking facility.

b) The first floor elevation of any building facing a street shall have a minimum of 60% glazing.

c) A decorative finish shall be applied to all exterior walls facing a street or residential zone.

d) Overhead doors are not permitted in a building elevation facing Brant Street and Lakeshore Road.

4.6 Landscape and Buffer

Landscape Area:

Abutting a creek block or 03 zone: 3 m
For a parking lot as a principal use: 3 m abutting a street
Abutting a PC or P zone: 3 m

Landscape Buffer:

Abutting a Residential or DRL Zone: 3 m

4.7 Parking

a) Parking shall be provided in accordance with Part 1, Subsection 2.25  "Off Street Parking and Loading Requirements" except as amended by the following:

Apartment Dwelling Units: 1.25 spaces per unit

b) Parking is not permitted in a front yard between the street line and the building elevation facing the street;

c) Surface parking is not permitted in a DC, DW, DL-A or DL-B zone; temporary parking for drop off or delivery excepted.

d) Parking of trucks and trailers is prohibited except when:

  • the truck or trailer is being loaded and unloaded
  • the truck or trailer is for customer use
  • the truck or trailer belongs to a property owner or tenant
  • the truck or trailer is being used for charitable purposes

4.8 Outside Storage

a) Only merchandise displayed for retail sale may be stored outside, provided the merchandise is not stored in a truck, trailer or other vehicle.

b) Perishable waste must be kept in refrigerated storage within a building.

Alternatively, perishable wastemay be stored outside if a deep collection waste disposal system, comprised of a sealed container with a lockable lid located primarily below grade, is used.

c) Any non-perishable waste stored outside on lands abutting a residential or DRL zone, or where visible from the street, shall be kept within a solid screen enclosure subject to Part 1, Subsection 2.2.2. Waste compactors are not permitted in a yard abutting a residential zone and shall be screened from view from a residential zone and from a street.

4.9 Outdoor Patios

a) Terrace Patios are not permitted on lands abutting a residential or DRL zone.

b) Not permitted within 45 m of a residential or DRL zone.

c) Sidewalk Patios are only permitted on Brant Street, Elgin Street, Pine Street, John Street, Elizabeth Street south of James Street, Pearl Street south of James Street, Locust Street south of Ontario Street, James Street between Brant Street and Pearl Street, Lakeshore Road and Old Lakeshore Road.

4.10 Contiguous Lots

Where multiple contiguous lots are developed under a single comprehensive site plan all lots shall be deemed to be one lot for purposes of applying zoning regulations.

4.11 Amenity Area

For apartment dwelling units and retirement homes 20 m2 per unit

4.12 Fencing

On lands abutting a residential zone or DRL zone, fencing shall be installed along the common boundary with the residential zone and shall have a minimum height of 1.8 m, which may be a solid screen fence or a combination of chain link fence and landscape planting to form a dense year-round screen.





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