Department Overview
Zoning By-law
Minor Variances
Zoning By-law Amendment
OfficialPlan
Severances
Plans of Subdivision
Site Plan Control
Provincial Policy Statement

Department Overview

The Planning Department provides professional land use planning advice to Council and Committees relating to long range planning issues, planning policy, planning applications and land use regulation.

The Township of North Stormont’s Planning Department is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Official Plan for SDG, the Zoning By-law and Provincial Policy Statement. The Planning Department is also responsible for providing advice to developers and property owners with respect to site plan approvals, servicing agreements, zoning amendments, zoning compliance and plans of subdivision to name a few. The Planning Department advises Council on the appropriateness of proposed development through the extensive review of policy and all proposed developments.

Zoning By-law

The Township of North Stormont passed Comprehensive Zoning By-law 08-2014 on January 28, 2014. The Comprehensive Zoning By-law consolidated and repealed the three by-laws for the former Township of Finch, former Township of Roxborough and the former Village of Finch. The Zoning By-law regulates land uses throughout the Township. The lands uses must follow the policies as established in the Official Plan. In more detail, the Comprehensive Zoning By-law regulates permitted uses on a particular property, including building set backs, maximum lot coverage, parking requirements, landscaping and buffering, accessory buildings and much more.

The Township’s Zoning By-law is available below. Please be advised that the provided version may not be the most up to date copy. Please contact the Community Planner for further information.

Minor Variances

A minor variance is required when a proposed development is not able to meet the minimum or maximum requirements of the Zoning By-law. A Minor Variance is requested to provide relief from a specific section of the Zoning By-law, for instance relief from a side yard setback. All Minor Variance Applications are heard before the Committee of Adjustment, who use a four criteria test: is the request minor, does it conform to the Zoning By-law and Official Plan, and is the proposed variance desirable and appropriate.

To access an application for Minor Variance or to access the Minor Variance Step-By-Step Guide, please click on the appropriate link below.

Zoning By-law Amendment

A Zoning By-law Amendment is required when an there is a request to change the permitted uses on a property. It is recommended that if you are considering changing the permitted use on your property that you pre-consult with the Community Planner. All Zoning By-law Amendments must conform to the Official Plan. If a proposed use under a Zoning By-law Amendment does not conform with the Official Plan, a joint Zoning By-law Amendment and Official Plan Amendment will be required.

To access an application for a Zoning By-law Amendment or to access the Zoning By-law Amendment Step-By-Step Guide, please click on the appropriate link below.

Official Plan

The United Counties of SDG’s Official Plan is in force for all six municipalities within the County. The Official Plan is viewed as a regional planning document providing overarching planning policies for growth and development within the County. The Official Plan establishes land use designations and establishes general uses within those land designations. The Official Plan must conform to the policies of the Provincial Policy Statement. Every five years the Official Plan is reviewed and updated to reflect growth and development projections.

For more information of the Official Plan or obtaining an Official Plan Amendment, please visit www.sdgcounties.ca.

Severances

A severance or consent is an application to subdivide a parcel of land to create a new lot or to add the severed portion to an adjacent property. In order to apply for a severance, it is mandatory that you meet with the Community Planner prior to applying at the United Counties.

For more information on applying for a severance, please visit www.sdgcounties.ca or access the application and Severance Step-By-Step Guide below.

Plans of Subdivision

A Plan of Subdvision is required when three or more lots are being created through the subdivision of land and at least two of the lots are to be sold. A subdivision agreement is required between the developer and the municipality. Prior to an agreement, the developer will enter into a draft plan agreement, which lays out specific conditions that must be met prior to final approval of an agreement. Plans of Subdivision are applied for at the United Counties of SDG. Any person wishing to apply is encouraged to preconsult with both the Township and the United Counties.

For more information on Plans of Subdivision, please visit www.sdgcounties.ca or download an application for and step by step guide below.

Site Plan Control

The Township of North Stormont regulates certain development activities through Site Plan Control. The end result is an agreement that is registered on title between the landowner and the Municipality. Site Plan Control addresses such issues as landscaping, parking, lighting, garbage collection, building location, screening and buffering to name a few. The Township applies site plan control to multi-residential developments, commercial and industrial uses. The end goal is to reduce any potential impacts on surrounding land uses.

Provincial Policy Statement

The Provincial Policy Statement provides overarching policies across the Province in regard to land use planning throughout the Province. The PPS provides the Province’s vision for how we settle our landscape, create our built environment and manage our land and resources over the long term to achieve livable and resilient communities. All decisions affecting land use planning matters “shall be consistent with” the Provincial Policy Statement.