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Background SpacerPlanning Applications for New Development Proposals

There are a variety of planning applications which may be required to obtain approval for development proposals. Pre-consultation with County departments and agencies is required in most cases prior to the submission of an application to ensure that any issues, fees and next steps are highlighted by staff to the proponents. Development proponents are advised to contact a Planner to determine if a pre-consultation meeting will be required, and to organize a meeting for their intended development proposals. Attached is the Public Meeting and Attendance Guide, as reference.  The following are the typical Planning applications required in different development situations:

 

Official Plan 

Official Plan Amendment
An Official Plan amendment is required in situations where the proposed use, though generally consistent with the Provincial policy, is not permitted in the Haldimand County Official Plan. A complete application for an Official Plan amendment includes a completed Pdf IconApplication for Amendment of Official Plan or Combined Official Plan and Zoning By-law, the applicable fees, and a detailed drawing. The approval process requires a number of steps as highlighted in the Pdf IconOfficial Plan Amendment Process Flow Chart.

Zoning By-Law 

Zoning By-law Amendment 
In most situations, a zoning by-law amendment is required when the intended use, though generally in line with the Official Plan policy, is not specifically permitted in the applicable zoning by-law. A complete application for zoning amendment includes a completed Pdf IconApplication for Zoning By-law Amendment, the applicable fees, and a detailed drawing. The approval process requires a number of steps as highlighted in the Pdf IconZoning By-Law Amendment Process Flow Chart

Temporary Use 

Temporary Use By-law 
A temporary use by-law application is meant to enact temporary use of land for a purpose otherwise prohibited by the Zoning By-law. The County may enact temporary use by-laws for: a) a separate housing unit, such as a garden suite; b) unfamiliar or uncommon uses on a trial basis; c) and/or where it is known that the use will be established for a brief, defined period. A complete application includes a completed Pdf IconApplication for Zoning by-law Amendment along with the applicable fees and a detailed drawing.

 Sub Division 

Plan of Subdivision 
A Plan of Subdivision application is a proposal for the development of residential, industrial or commercial lots along with the supporting roads and related infrastructure. A complete application for a plan of subdivision includes a completed Pdf IconApplication / Exemption for Subdivision and Condominium, the applicable fees, and detailed drawings, plans and studies. The approval process requires a number of steps as highlighted in the Pdf IconSubdivision / Condominium Draft Plan Approval Process Flow Chart

 Site Plan 

Site Plan
A site plan application is a proposal for development, mostly of commercial or industrial nature and townhouses / apartments, where it is essential that certain design aspects be addressed such as access, parking, grading/drainage, site layout, storm water management, etc. A complete application for a site plan approval includes a completed Pdf IconApplication for Site Plan, the applicable fees, and detailed drawings/plans and supporting studies. The approval process requires a number of steps as highlighted in the Pdf IconSite Plan Process Flow Chart

Part Lot 

Part Lot Control Exemption
A part lot control exemption application is required where multiple lots are to be created out of a registered plan of subdivision, and lot creation via severances is considered unnecessary. A complete application for part lot control exemption includes a completed Pdf IconApplication For Part Lot Control Exemption, the applicable fees, and a detailed drawing.

 OMB 

Ontario Municipal Board
Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is an independent administrative tribunal responsible for hearing appeals and deciding on a variety of municipal matters including planning and Committee of Adjustment applications. An appeal fee is applicable to all appeals to OMB. For more information relating to the OMB and the appeal process, please contact Haldimand County Clerk’s office at 905-318-5932 x 6353.

Development Activity 

Development Activity Map 
The Development Activity Map is an interactive map which highlights significant development activity taking place in Haldimand County. County staff, developers and members of public can interact with this map to access information such as the location, nature and status of major projects. The map which is currently being developed, will soon be available on the website.

Service Standards 

Service Standards, Performance Measures and Customer Satisfaction
The Division has established a series of service standards and performance measures relating to development review and which represent targets aimed at improving customer service. Each year the Division Pdf Iconreports on its compliance rate and identifies areas of success and / or opportunities for focused improvements. 

Development Approvals Fees
A number of Pdf Icon Development Approvals Fees are applicable at different approval stages of the development proposals.

Public Meetings Schedule
Most development proposals are presented to the Council in Committee in public meetings which are organized in accordance with the Public Meetings Schedule.

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