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The City of Cornwall uses a process called zoning to control the use of land in the City.

The City has a comprehensive zoning by-law that divides the municipality into different land use zones.. The by-law specifies the permitted uses (e.g. commercial or residential) and the required standards (e.g. building size and location) in each zone. In general terms, the zoning by-lawy determines:

  • how land may be used
  • where buildings and other structures can be located
  • the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used
  • the lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks from the street.

All new development and redevelopment must comply with the Zoning By-law. Council can change the By-law, and any individual or developer can make an application (reviewed by Planning Advisory Committee) to amend the By-law. If the change is minor, a minor variance may be possible, and is dealt with by the City's Committee of Adjustment.