‘Remove red tape’: New zoning by-law comes into effect today in Belleville

Belleville City Hall. – Photo by Hollie Pratt-Campbell/Hometownist

Belleville City Council has officially implemented Zoning By-law 2024-100, following the conclusion of the mandatory 20-day appeal period, which began when the bylaw was passed on March 11. Effective immediately, the new by-law governs all lands within the City of Belleville.

A media release from the city explains that a zoning by-law manages present and future land use, and is a tool used to implement the Official Plan’s vision for the city on a day-to-day basis. It divides the city into land use zones, giving each a list of permitted land uses and a set of regulations. There are certain regulations that apply to specific uses permitted in each zone, and general regulations that apply to all properties in any zone.

“This new zoning by-law is a significant step in the right direction to help us reach our housing targets set by the Province for the Building Faster Fund,” said Mayor Neil Ellis in the media release. “It will effectively remove red tape to facilitate new development in our city and ensure we are able to keep up with the demand. Valuable input from residents has made this new by-law possible and we greatly appreciate the involvement of our citizens throughout this process.”

For more information on the new Zoning By-law, please contact planning@belleville.ca.

To review the new Zoning By-law, including the zoning mapping, visit: Belleville.ca/ZoningBylaw.

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