Site Plan Control
The Town of Innisfil welcomes the opportunity to grow, while maintaining a small-town feel that we value and cherish. As one of the fastest growing municipalities in Ontario, it is important that we manage that growth by ensuring that future development is safe, aesthetically pleasing and adheres to our planning policies.
Understanding Site Plan Control
Site Plan Control is an essential component of the development review process. The intention is to complement the objectives of the Town’s Official Plan and the requirements of the Town’s Zoning By-law 080-13. The implementation of Site Plan Control enables the Town of Innisfil to ensure that all new development will be designed in accordance with the requirements of all provincial, regional and municipal authorities.
A Site Plan Control application is required for any site that have been designated by the Town as areas of Site Plan Control. All lands within the Town are identified as a Site Plan Control Area, with the exception of single detached and semi-detached dwelling areas not abutting the Lake Simcoe shoreline and agricultural buildings and structures associated with a typical farming operation. A complete list, as well as exceptions to this requirement can be found in the Site Plan By-law (135-17).
When reviewing site plan applications, the Town checks that:
- The site is safe, appropriate and makes good use of design, landscaping, lighting, etc.;
- The exterior character, scale, appearance and design features of buildings/structures are appropriate;
- The proposal suits the character of the area and poses minimal land use conflicts to neighbouring uses;
- The streetscape is designed to suit the area, be attractive and be functional (landscaping, trees, paving materials, sidewalk features, street furniture, waste/recycling bins, bicycle parking facilities, etc.).
- Road considerations (e.g. road width, the location/size of driveways, parking lots, loading facilities, garbage collection areas, snow storage/removal areas, etc.) are clearly shown and appropriate;
- The site is graded properly and any easements needed for public utilities, servicing and/or site drainage have been secured;
- The site is designed to be convenient and accessible for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers;
- Fire & Rescue vehicles will be able to safely and quickly enter and exit the site if there is an emergency.
- Sustainable design, such as Low Impact Development (LID) is used to minimize the impact of the development on the natural environment
Forms and Meeting Dates
Site Plan Process
The pre-consultation meeting with Town staff is a mandatory first step for all development proposal in the Town of Innisfil. Staff from various departments will meet with you to discuss the proposed development and provide guidance, preliminary comments and advise you what plans and studies are required for a formal submission. A record of the pre-consultation is provided to you after the pre-consultation meeting and is valid for one (1) year.
Pre-consultation meetings are managed by the Development Coordinator and are held bi-weekly on Tuesdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 PM at Town Hall. To request attendance to a pre-consultation meeting, the applicant must submit the following information to the Development Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
- A completed Request for Pre-consultation Form;
- A Site Plan/ Concept Plan
- Concept elevation drawings and/or coloured renderings (if available)
Once you receive your Record of Pre-consultation from the pre-consultation meeting, you will begin to prepare your formal site plan submission. A complete formal site plan submission must include:
- Completed application form
- Record of pre-consultation
- Prescribed application fees & required working deposits
- Supporting materials including all drawings and reports as outlined in the record of pre-consultation
In cases where changes are required to the plans or reports after formal submission, the applicant is required to make a subsequent submission to the Town. This process is the same as a formal submission, where the applicant submits the required materials for review and comment by the Town and external agencies.
This process continues until all staff and external agency comments have been addressed.
Once the proposed plans and reports are recommended for approval, you will be required to enter into a site plan agreement with the Town. The agreement sets out the obligations of the property owner and/or developer to construct and maintain the site according to the Town approved plans and drawings.
Agreements are registered on Title of the property to ensure that they bind subsequent landowners. Any required securities or payments are due to the Town before the agreement can be registered on Title.
A building permit can be applied for at this time, however cannot be issued until the agreement has been registered on Title. For more information on building permits, please see Building Permit Applications.
A plan that identifies the proposed landscaping design for a property including illustration of the natural features, planting scheme, plant materials, paving, lighting, and irrigation system, among other elements. The Landscape Details Plan illustrates the specifications for planting and installation of landscaping features.
Demonstrates the potential impacts of a proposed development on the key natural heritage features or key hydrologic features and possible ways to mitigate negative impacts and/ or improve the natural heritage system.
A noise and/or vibration study determines the impact on adjacent developments and recommends mitigation measures.
Evaluates the proposal against the relevant goals, objectives, policies and general purpose and intent of the Our Place, County of Simcoe Official Plan, Provincial Policy Statement, Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan and the Greenbelt Plan.
A Salt Management Plan is intended to establish a framework for the use and management of road salt on a site for winter maintenance operations. The plan should contain best management practices to protect the environment from the negative impact of road salts while maintaining safe roadways and parking lots for the public.
Provide a snow storage area equivalent to 10% of the total area to be cleared on site. The snow storage shall not be located in any SWM facility or low impact development (“LID”) feature. Snow storage in SWM facilities will have negative impacts on the function of the facilities as it will increase the quantity of TSS, phosphorus, salt, and hydrocarbons. It will also prevent the flow into the facilities during certain periods and will reduce its lifetime.
A site servicing and grading plan is a plan that details the water and sanitary servicing, hydro, lighting, and other infrastructure, and grading to facilitate the development of a specific site. The plan shall be prepared by a qualified engineer. Please refer to Section 7.0 of the Town Standards for “Grading and Drainage” standards.
Ensure all offsets of services, driveways, utilities, signs, etc. are in accordance with the Minimum Offset Matrix located in Appendix C of the Town Standards.
The stormwater management report analyzes the effects of a proposed development on the stormwater and drainage system, and recommends measures to manage runoff, consistent with the Town Engineering Standards and the 2016 Comprehensive Stormwater Management Master Plan.
If the proposed development is considered a “major development” under the definition within the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan (“LSPP”) and therefore must meet the applicable policies for stormwater management, such as Policy 4.8-DP for water balance and phosphorus loading, under the LSPP. The LSPP is available on the Government of Ontario’s website at https://www.ontario.ca/page/lake-simcoe-protection-plan.
An MOECC ECA may be required for the proposed development. The MOE ECA application is available on the Government of Ontario’s website at https://www.ontario.ca/document/environmental-compliance-approval-application.
A tree survey must be prepared by a certified arborist or qualified professional, identifying all trees on the site 5 years prior to the application, their type, size and condition, those trees proposed to be removed and retained, and the methods to be used to ensure preservation of those trees to be retained. The report shall have regard for the Section 8.2 of the Town’s Engineering Standards and Tree Policy for Development Approvals (CP.09-08).