On May 8, 2019, Innisfil Council passed By-law 059-19 to restrict development on lands east of 25th Sideroad along Innisfil Beach Road/Lakelands Avenue to the Lake Simcoe shoreline, for a period of up to one year. The passing of the by-law allowed the Town to further review and study the area to establish new zoning by-law provisions that operationalize the Downtown Commercial Area designation of these properties identified under the Town’s new Official Plan- Our Place
Our new Official Plan, Our Place, outlines a vision for Innisfil Beach Road (the main street that connects Alcona to Lake Simcoe), and recognizes the area as a growing destination for the community. As a result, the affected properties were redesignated from Residential to Downtown Commercial in the Town’s Official Plan.
Proposed Draft Zoning and Shoreline By-law Changes
Zoning by-law provisions are needed to implement the Downtown Commercial Area Official Plan designation on the subject properties and to lift the Interim Control By-law.
Staff are working on draft zoning provisions, and considering the following changes:
- Provisions to support a traditional main street building form with a mix of commercial and residential uses on Innisfil Beach Road/Lakelands Avenue
- a maximum building height of four storeys near 25th Side Road and gradually lowered to a maximum of two storeys near Lake Simcoe/Lakelands Avenue
- Enhanced setbacks/buffers to adjacent residential zones
- Imposing restrictions on some uses (e.g. managing noise impacts)
The properties directly impacted by the changes are indicated on the Notice for Open House and Public Meeting. Please note a concurrent change to the Our Shore Community Planning Permit By-law (062-17) is also proposed, to allow five Lakelands Avenue properties abutting the lake to be regulated under the Town’s Zoning By-law (080-13).
|2090 Emily’s Pl||761 Innisfil Beach Road||729 Innisfil Beach Road|
|777 Innisfil Beach Road||765 Innisfil Beach Road||733 Innisfil Beach Road|
|779 Innisfil Beach Road||769 Innisfil Beach Road||737 Innisfil Beach Road|
|781 Innisfil Beach Road||766 Hastings Avenue||741 Innisfil Beach Road|
|749 Innisfil Beach Road||713 Innisfil Beach Road||745 Innisfil Beach Road|
|753 Innisfil Beach Road||715 Innisfil Beach Road||711 Innisfil Beach Road|
|755 Innisfil Beach Road||723 Innisfil Beach Road||695 Innisfil Beach Road|
|759 Innisfil Beach Road||725 Innisfil Beach Road||699 Innisfil Beach Road|
|703 Innisfil Beach Road||693 Innisfil Beach Road||787 Innisfil Beach Road|
|707 Innisfil Beach Road||623 Lakelands Avenue||791 Innisfil Beach Road|
|630 Lakelands Avenue||627 Lakelands Avenue||795 Innisfil Beach Road|
|628 Lakelands Avenue||629 Lakelands Avenue||2091 25 Sideroad|
|626 Lakelands Avenue||633 Lakelands Avenue||2095 25 Sideroad|
|687 Innisfil Beach Road||637 Lakelands Avenue||721 Innisfil Beach Road |
- Property 721 Innisfil Beach Road will be subject to new zoning, despite being exempted from the Interim Control By-Law
A Public Open House will be held at the Town Hall Community Room A on February 18, 2020 for the purpose to share and discuss options for the proposal. Planning staff and members of Council will be present to discuss the proposed changes and to gather feedback.
A Public Meeting on March 18, 2020 will follow where the public will have an opportunity to ask questions and make comments in front of Council. No decision will be made the night of the public meeting.
After the Public Open House and Public Meeting, Staff will consider all comments and prepare a Final Recommendation Report for Council to consider.
Frequently Asked Questions
Even if residential properties are re-zoned to commercial, the residential taxation will not change until they are redeveloped with a commercial use.
Though expropriation is a tool available to the Town (subject to appropriate justification and Council approval) there are no plans to expropriate lands within the area currently affected by the ICB.
The Interim Control By-law has only put a freeze on development on certain lands. It has no effect on the ability of an owner to sell or purchase lands. A re-zoning and lifting of the ICB would also not restrict this ability.
Once the subject lands are re-zoned, you will still be able to renovate and obtain permits to maintain your home as a residential dwelling. However, new development will need to meet the new zoning provisions.