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Seminar: Municipal Zoning By-laws: A Role for Public Health Professionals
Monday, May 11, 2015 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Venue: by webinar only
Health Promotion
City: Online
Format: Webinar

​Municipal by-laws have the potential to change the built environment in which people live, learn, work and play. They are a type of public policy designed to meet the needs of citizens, and solve problems they face. Zoning by-laws are specific types of municipal by-laws that provide for the day-to-day administration of municipal Official Plans. Public health professionals can influence zoning by-laws; however, it is less clear how they should do so.

The purpose of this webinar is to provide an overview of zoning by-laws, public health’s role in influencing their development and resources to support efforts to create healthy communities. Both a public health and municipal perspective will be presented. Kim Bergeron, Health Promotion Consultant at Public Health Ontario will provide the public health perspective and Rob Franklin, a registered professional planner with the Town of Cobourg, will share his insight into zoning by-laws and the ways public health can influence their development. Kim and Rob have been collaborating together for over nine years and have developed numerous publications and presentations that provide both the public health and planner perspectives.

Intended audience level

To participate in this event, participants should have a basic knowledge of the subject matter.

Learning objectives

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
• Understand municipal zoning by-laws and their role in creating healthy communities
• Recall a process for influencing the revisions of local zoning by-laws
• Reflect on how the information provided can be applied to their own area of work


Kim Bergeron is a health promotion consultant focusing on healthy public policy and by-law development with the Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention department at Public Health Ontario. She has over twenty years of experience working within and alongside the Ontario public health system to facilitate multidisciplinary partnerships to create healthy, sustainable communities. She has provided consulting services to a number of provincial government programs working towards policy change, program development, and improving standards of practice. Kim holds a doctorate in kinesiology and health studies with a focus on health and the built environment from Queen’s University and a master of health studies from Athabasca University.

Rob Franklin is a Registered Professional Planner in Ontario and is currently the Manager of Planning Services for the Town of Cobourg. Rob has over nineteen years of experience as a planner. He has been with the Town of Cobourg for ten years in a variety of successive planning roles and a conservation planner for the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority for nine years. He has a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Science from Trent University. Rob lives in Cobourg with his wife and five year old son and is actively involved with Scouts Canada as a Beaver leader.


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