What is Site Plan Control?
Site plan control is a planning tool provided to municipalities under Section 41 of the Planning Act (RSO 1990). Development that is subject to site plan control must go through the site plan approval process before a building permit can be released. This allows the Town to control or influence development to ensure that the design meets planning and engineering standards, public health and safety guidelines, and is visually appropriate. It can also help ensure that the design is sustainable, as well as accessible and appropriate for people with a disability. Under the Planning Act the public is not involved in the approval process, however they are notified of applications made in the community.
What is the Site Plan Control process?
What type of development needs to go through site plan control?
The Town’s Site Plan By-law (135-17) outlines what development must go through site plan control and what is exempt. This is based on zoning (established by the Town’s Zoning By-law 080-13) and the type of development proposed. The table below gives an overview of the zones included in the Town’s site plan control area; a complete list can be found in Schedule ‘A’ of By-law 135-17, including site specific exceptions. Council also has the power to designate other lands as a site plan control area.
Why does Innisfil use site plan control?
Innisfil uses site plan control to make sure that new development within the Town is appropriate and well designed. 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 andexitthe 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
Who can I contact for more information?
Trish Kernen, Development Coordinator
705-436-3740 Ext. 3320
Nick Skerratt, Development Leader
705-436-3740 Ext. 3314