The Planning Department guides the way the Township grows and is responsible for ensuring the orderly development of both the rural areas and our hamlets. Land use planning ensures land and resources are effectively managed and growth occurs the way the community desires. The planning process is governed by the Province’s Planning Act, as well as the Township’s Official Plan and Zoning By-law.
Before starting any development, especially one that changes the use of a property, it is important to talk to the Township’s Planner to ensure that the use is permitted in the Zoning By-Law and meets the policies of the Official Plan.
It is also a good idea to contact the Planning Department if you have recently purchased or plan to purchase a business or home, or are looking to start a business in your home, to ensure that you have the relevant property information.
The Planning Department works with the Building Department to ensure all applications comply with the applicable regulations and that a high quality of life is maintained for all residents.
Types of Applications
Zoning By-Law Amendments
Required to recognize a change in land use or allow development that does not meet the current zoning but complies with the intent of the Official Plan.
Official Plan Amendments
Required when a proposal does not meet the policies or designations of the Township’s Official Plan.
Available to provide relief to property owners from Zoning By-Law requirements they may otherwise be unable to comply with. Proposal must otherwise meet the intent of the Zoning By-Law and Official Plan, be desirable and appropriate for the neighbourhood and be minor. Applications are considered by the Township’s Committee of Adjustment.
Site Plan Control
Is a site specific process that is generally required for more complex development (commercial, industrial, multiple unit residential, etc) and for any development in or near environmentally sensitive areas or along the Rideau corridor. The site plan control agreement is registered on title and is intended to guide development on a site to ensure its compatibility with surrounding land uses.
Consents and Subdivisions
All division of land must be approved, either through the consent process (normally three or fewer new lots) or through plan of subdivision (four or more new lots). The Lanark County Land Division Committee is the approval authority for consents and subdivisions in the Township, although applicants are required to pre-consult with the Township to ensure that planning concerns are addressed.