City-initiated Zoning By-law Amendment Proposal affecting Manotick Main and Bridge Streets

The City is proposing a Zoning By-law Amendment to allow small-scale manufacturing, small-scale food processing, micro-distilleries and micro-breweries in commercial areas city-wide, including on Manotick Main and Bridge Streets.


The city expects that the proposed reforms will be welcomed as a desirable form of development for traditional main streets throughout the city, including in rural villages.

The proposed amendments would permit small-scale, low-impact industrial uses, including micro-breweries, micro-distilleries and small-scale food processing associated with restaurants. To control the scale of manufacturing, size restrictions will be proposed. There would also have to be a retail function, where the products of the facility are made available to the purchasing public on-site.  This will ensure that occupancies in commercial areas continue to have a commercial function, rather than becoming an industrial occupancy that does not contribute to the commercial character of the street.


The city is also considering opportunities to permit other small-scale manufacturing such as “maker spaces”, where tools and other resources are shared to produce prototypes and manufacture small batches of product.


For more details on the draft zoning provisions, please read the Zoning By-law Amendment Proposal Summary

The “On Time Decision Date”, i.e., the target date for the proposed to be considered by the City’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, is May 4, 2017.  The target date for approval by Planning Committee is May 9, 2017.  If you have questions, please contact Carol Ruddy, MCIP, RPP at or Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 28457.