Land Use Planning

Land Use Planning

Land use planning affects almost every aspect of life in Ontario. It helps decide where in our community's homes and businesses should be built; where parks and schools should be located; and where roads, sewers and other essential services should be provided. Good planning leads to orderly growth and the efficient provision of services. It touches all of us and helps us to have the kind of community we want.

The Town of Renfrew Development and Works Department provides a broad range of policy planning and land development services.

Responsibilities

The Development and Works Department is composed of the Director, Town Planner, and support staff, whose responsibilities include the development and administration of the Town’s Official Plan and Zoning By-law, as well as the creation of long-range policies and guidelines for a sustainable and prosperous community.

Land Use Planning Tools

Review the Citizen’s Guide to Land Use Planning prior to development.
http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page7153.aspx

GIS Mapping

http://www.countyofrenfrew.on.ca/departments/development-and-property/forestry-and-gis/gis/

Official Plan of the Town of Renfrew

An Official Plan is a statutory document which sets out the land use policy directions for long-term growth and development in a municipality. It is prepared with input from you and others in your community and helps to ensure that future planning and development will meet the specific needs of your community.

  • Town of Renfrew Official Plan
  • Official Plan Schedule A
  • Official Plan Schedule B

Zoning By-Law No. 46-2000

The Zoning By-law governs the use of all lands, buildings and structures in the Town.  The Zoning By-law outlines how land and buildings may be used, where buildings and other structure may be located, and what constraints may be applicable to the development of a particular property (i.e. parking requirements, lot coverage, density, etc.).

The policies and mandates of the Official Plan are implemented through the general Zoning By-law.

  • Zoning By-law No. 46-2010
  • Zoning By-law No. 46-2010 Schedule A

Re-zoning Applications

Application for Zoning By-law Amendment

Site-specific property changes in land use require approval by Council. Submission of a completed Zoning By-law Amendment Application is required. Consultation with the Town Planner prior to the acceptance of a rezoning application is a prerequisite.

In addition, a prior special public meeting of Council must be held and notice given by newspaper notice or by written notice to adjacent property owners and tenants within proximity of the property under consideration. Council is required to hold at least one public meeting no sooner than 20 days after the requirements for the giving of public notice have been complied with. In most cases, the Planning Act provides for public appeal of a zoning by-law change, subject to specific rules of appeal.

Please note:
Prior to submitting an application, consultation with the Town Planner is required. Pre-consultation may reveal other matters that might need to be addressed.

Please find below documents that will assist you in the Planning and Zoning process:

Consent / Severance

A land severance is the authorized separation of a piece of land to form two new adjoining properties. This is commonly known as consent. It is required if you want to sell, mortgage, charge or enter into any agreement for (at least 21 years) a portion of your land. If the two parts are split already, by a road or railway for example, consent is not needed.

  • Consent / Severance Information Brochure
  • Consent / Severance Application Form

Site Plan Control

Site plan control is a form of development control provided to municipalities by Ontario's Planning Act. No one can undertake any development that is subject to site plan control unless the town has reviewed and approved certain plans. Once the plans are approved, a site plan agreement is generally executed. This agreement contractually binds the owner to develop and maintain a site in accordance with the approved plans and the terms of the agreement.

  • Site Plan Control Approval Information Brochure
  • Site Plan Control Approval Application Form

Part Lot Control Exemption

Part lot control is a provision that regulates the sale or transfer of a part of a lot within a registered plan of subdivision. Municipalities use part lot control to prevent the possible uncontrolled division of lots within a plan of subdivision after the plan has been registered. A property owner may apply for Part Lot Control Exemption in order to legally divide his or her lot, or lots, within a registered plan of subdivision. The proposed lot division must not require new roads or municipal services.

  • Part Lot Control Exemption Information Brochure
  • Part Lot Control Exemption Application Form

Minor Variance

A minor variance is a small variation from the requirements of the zoning by-law. A minor variance may allow property owners to use their land in a way that does not comply exactly with the requirements of the zoning by-law. It is often necessitated by circumstances peculiar to the property that prevent the owner from developing it in a way that conforms to the by-law's provisions. Examples of minor variances include relief from certain parking space requirements, building setbacks, and height restrictions.

  • Minor Variance Information Brochure
  • Minor Variance Application Form

Subdivision Agreement

A Subdivision Agreement is the agreement between the Developer and the Town, concerning the subdivision in which your home is located. The Agreement is registered against the title of the lot you have purchased and contains warning clauses and conditions of Building Permit approval. You should be aware that conditions of the permit approval might affect your lot. On closing, your lawyer should brief you on any key clauses that directly affect your lot and provide you with a copy of the Agreement.

The Applications for Subdivision Agreement are done through the County of Renfrew. To get an application form please see the County of Renfrew Website: http://www.countyofrenfrew.on.ca/Onlineservices/esd.htm#dev

Plan of Condominium

A plan of Condominium is a method of dividing property so that an individual holds title to a portion of a building, or a "unit", as well as a share of the rest of the property that is common to all the individual unit owners. A Condominium can apply to residential, commercial or industrial properties.
The Applications for Plan of Condominium are done through the County of Renfrew. To get an application form please see the County of Renfrew Website: http://www.countyofrenfrew.on.ca/Onlineservices/esd.htm#dev
For more information, please call Town Planner, Ivan Burton at 613-432-8166.

Severing Property Consent / Severance

A land severance is the authorized separation of a piece of land to form two new adjoining properties. This is commonly known as consent. It is required if you want to sell, mortgage, charge or enter into any agreement for (at least 21 years) a portion of your land. If the two parts are split already, by a road or railway for example, consent is not needed.

  • Consent / Severance Information Brochure
  • Consent / Severance Application Form

Click here for the Current Zoning and Planning Fees (note below new development charges for 2015)

Click here for the New Development Charges effective January 25, 2015 to December 31, 2016