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Township of Zorra Zoning By-Law No. 35-99

The provisions and schedules of this by-law control the use of land in the Area Municipality

The Township of Zorra Zoning By-Law controls the use of land by dividing the municipality into different land use zones with detailed maps, specifying the uses permitted in each zone, specifying where buildings and other structures can be located, stating the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used, as well as specifying lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks from the street.

The contents of the Zoning By-Law reflect the latest consolidation of zoning by-law amendments, as of December 31, 2017. For up to date information on a specific property, please contact the Planner for the area municipality.

 TitleDescriptionModified DateSize
Final ApprovedA list of all zoning bylaw amendments that have been consolidated into the current zoning bylaw.8/27/2019292.45 KB
Council ApprovedA list of zoning bylaw amendments that have been approved by Council and are awaiting consolidation into the current zoning bylaw.8/27/20195.96 MB
Application, Administration, EnforcementSection 16/29/201617.64 KB
Interpretation Section 2 6/29/201618.35 KB
ZonesSection 36/29/201611.60 KB
DefinitionsSection 46/29/20162.77 MB
General ProvisionsSection 58/27/2019377.83 KB
Limited Agricultural (A1)Section 61/16/201744.95 KB
General Agricultural (A2)Section 7 8/27/2019250.14 KB
Agri-Business (AB) Section 86/29/201646.11 KB
Rural Residential (RR)Section 98/27/2019182.21 KB
Residential Existing Lot (RE)Section 106/29/201626.59 KB
Residential Type 1 (R1)Section 118/27/2019203.78 KB
Residential Type 2 (R2)Section 126/29/201621.65 KB
Residential Type 3 (R3)Section 138/27/2019159.14 KB
VillageSection 146/29/201637.61 KB
Central Commercial (CC)Section 156/29/201632.41 KB
Highway Commercial (HC) Section 168/27/2019236.63 KB
Restricted Industrial (MR)Section 176/29/201633.41 KB
General Industrial (MG)Section 186/29/201628.14 KB
Disposal Industrial (MD)Section 196/29/201618.36 KB
Aggregate Industrial (ME)Section 20 8/27/2019138.04 KB
Quarry Industrial (MQ)Section 216/29/201622.80 KB
Airfield Industrial (MA)Section 226/29/201616.96 KB
Development (D) Section 238/27/201938.79 KB
Institutional (I) Section 246/29/201628.90 KB
Recreational (REC)Section 258/27/201953.00 KB
Open Space (OS)Section 26 6/29/201662.86 KB
Approval Section 27 6/29/201611.80 KB


Key MapsSchedule A670.13 KB
Parking Space RequirementsSchedule C56.75 KB
Groundwater Recharge Areas and Aquatic Habitat ProSchedule D 915.41 KB
Accessible Parking StandardsSchedule E45.37 KB

Application Fees

Note: There has been an increase in the fees for 2019. Please check the current fee schedule prior to submission of your application.

Application Forms

Forms are available for the various types of development regulated by the Planning Act

Township of Zorra Application Forms

Oxford County Woodland Conservation By-Law Form

Application Notices and Reports

All active development applications are listed here, along with their associated notices and reports

B19-54-5 & B19-55-5; ZN 5-19-12 - James Shewan

Applications for Consent & Zone Change
Part Lot 1 & Lots 2-4, west of Elgin Street, Plan 134
Municipal Address:  86 Commissioner Street, Embro

ZN 5-19-11 2374437 Ontario Inc

Application for Zone Change
Part Lots 34, 47-51, Plan 69, part Lot 12, Concession 4, Part 1, 41R9135 (James Street)

B19-46-5, OP 19-06-5, ZN 5-19-09 & ZN 5-19-10 - Wilma Pow & Marco Rusconi

Application for Consent, Official Plan Amendment & Zone Changes 
Part Lot 24, Concession 1, (North Oxford) 454949 45th Line
Part Lots 23 & 24, Concession 1, (North Oxford), South & East Part 1, 41R7704, 684442 Road 68

B19-24-5 James Cooper

Application for Severance 
E 1/2 Lot 8 & SE 1/2 Lot 9, Concession 1 (West Zorra)
315495 31st Line

B19-25-5 & ZN 5-19-05 - Howe Farms (Ontario) Ltd. & Gordon & Cheryl Howe

Applications for Consent and Zone Change
Part Lot 7, Concession 5 (West Zorra)
415397 41st Line

OP 19-05-5 & ZN 5-19-04 - 1336568 Ontario Inc.

Applications for Official Plan Amendment & Zone Change
Part Lot 21, Concession 1 (North Dorchester), being PARTS 1 & 2, 41R2740
249 Dundas St W

ZN 5-19-01 - Eric Madsen & Jennifer Mezenberg

Application for Zone Change
Part Lot 2, Concession 10 (East Nissouri), being PART 2, 41R3147
234 Allen St

OP 18-06-5; SB 18-09-5; ZN 5-18-13 - Thames Valley Resources Corp. (Mimadala Holdings Inc.)

Applications for Official Plan Amendment, Draft Plan of Subdivision and Zone Change
Part Lot 20, Concession 1 (North Dorchester), being Part 1, 41R7113 S & E, except Part 10, 41R7989 & Part 1, 41R7990
154889 15th Line (Banner Sideroad)

B15-41-5; ZN 5-15-09 - 2341066 Ontario Limited

Consent and Zone Change
Part Lot 12, Concession 8 (East Nissouri)
Municipal Address:  5710 & 5714 Cobble Hills Road

Development Charges

In addition to the County Development Charges, most area municipalities in Oxford County also have Development Charges by-laws.

Development Charges

 Who Pays For Growth
Development Charges Fact Sheet
Municipal Development Charges
Development Charges Annual Report 2018

Municipal By-Laws

6121-2019 County Wide Development Charge By-law
6127-2019 Thamesford Area Specific Development Charge By-law

Development Charges Background Study

The Development Charges Background Study provides the basis and background required to update the County's development charges to accurately reflect the future servicing needs of new development. The analysis assesses the development-related costs associated with the following County services:

  • Library 
  • Land Ambulance
  • Administration
  • Waste Diversion
  • Roads and Related
  • Water
  • Wastewater

Studies & Reports

Township of Zorra Design Guidelines

Township of Zorra Design Guidelines
Date Released: August 2013

Development Activity

These maps show the status of residential development within the Area Municipality