The Town of Saugeen Shores is dedicated to encouraging appropriate growth and development that improves our community and follows the vision laid out in our Official Plan.

Council approved an Economic Development Community Improvement Plan to attract investment in manufacturing, offices, existing business expansion and retention, as well as investment in affordable housing.

Attainable Housing

Attainable Housing Report

Zoning By-law Amendment

In order to begin implementing recommendations from the Task Force, the Town is proceeding in the short term with a zoning by-law amendment to remove hurdles to building more attainable and affordable housing.

These amendments include:

  • Removing hurdles to the installation of accessibility features (example ramps, handrails)
  • Allowing secondary dwelling units anywhere in Town subject to conditions
  • Including single detached, duplex dwellings and semi-detached in R1 and R2 zones subject to conditions
  • Modifying standards for townhouse dwellings
  • Permitting increased height along the Goderich Street corridor

The proposed changes remove barriers for different forms of housing throughout Town and will support construction of more housing choices. Further and ongoing amendments may be submitted in the future as the Town considers amendments to the Saugeen Shores Official Plan and/or conducts additional research into how to implement zoning provisions which facilitate the creation of attainable and affordable housing.

All of the proposed changes conform to the Saugeen Shores Official Plan. There is no overriding or explicit provision(s) in the Saugeen Shores Official Plan or Bruce County Official Plan which prohibits or regulates the zoning by-law in ways contrary to what is outlined in the proposed amendments.  

If you would like to provide comments on the Zoning By-law Amendment, please email us your comments by June 21, 2021.

Proposed Amendments

 New Section 3.10.4

Height overlay (all lands on Goderich Street/Highway 21 from just south of Concession 6, north to Concession 10 and between Waterloo Street and Bricker Street)

All lands shown on Schedule A with an overlay as indicated on Schedule A are subject to the following additional provisions

a)      No non-residential buildings and residential apartment buildings shall exceed a height limit of 20.0 metres subject to:

Buildings at 10.0 metres shall have an interior side yard setback of 3 m

Buildings at 12.5 metres shall have an interior side yard setback of 5 m

Buildings at 15.0 metres shall have an interior side yard setback of 7 m

Buildings at 17.5 metres shall have an interior side yard setback of 9 m and a rear yard setback of 10 metres

Buildings at 20.0 metres shall have an interior side yard setback of 11 and a rear yard setback of 12 metres

All other setbacks shall be required as outlined in the zone in which the main building or structure is located

b)     For greater clarity buildings may be tiered so that each successively higher portion of the building maintains the required interior side yard setback as noted in subsections i) through v)

Schedule C - Map of Maximum Permitted Height Overlay

 Modify Section 3.35 as follows:

New subsection

g) any ramp, railing, or other feature or structure that is to be installed for the purposes of improving or addressing the accessibility for persons with a disability of any building or structure (except a building or structure in an EP zone) shall be permitted to encroach into any required yard and may provide a 0 metre setback from any lot line.

Revise portions of Section 3.38.1 

(Secondary Dwelling Units) as follows:

Lot area (minimum) – as per the lot area of the applicable zone

Lot frontage (minimum) – as per the lot frontage of the applicable zone

h)  to be deleted 

Add new subsections to Section 7.2 (R1 Permitted Uses): 

h) semi-detached dwelling

i) duplex dwelling

j) converted dwelling, to a maximum of (2) dwelling units)

Modify Section 7.3a) (R1 Regulations):

Insert R2 lot area provisions

Modify Section 7.3b) (R1 Regulations):

Insert R2 lot frontage provisions

Modify Section 9.3a)ii (R3 Regulations):  

Modify minimum lot area for street townhouses from 300m2 per unit to 160 square metres for each interior row dwelling unit, plus 200 square metres for each end row dwelling unit

Modify Section 9.3b)ii (R3 Regulations): 

Modify minimum lot frontage from 6m per street townhouse unit to 4.5 metres per unit, plus 1.2 metres for an end row dwelling unit; and an additional 0.6 metres for each additional or partial storey above the first storey

Modify Section 10.3a)ii (R4 Regulations):
Modify minimum lot area from 250 square metres per street townhouse unit to 160 square metres for each interior row dwelling unit, plus 200 square metres for each end row dwelling unit
Modify Section 10.3b)iii (R4 Regulations):

Modify minimum lot frontage from 6m per street townhouse unit to 4.5 metres per unit, plus 1.2 metres for an end row dwelling unit; and an additional 0.6 metres for each additional or partial storey above the first storey.

 

Further changes to the zoning by-law and other Town planning documents will be forthcoming in the next few months.