Services

Zoning By-law Process:

 

1.

Council or the Public Initiates: The council or the public initiates a change to the zoning by-law.

2.

The by-law: The proposed amending by-law is prepared.

* Notice and Public Information: Other agencies may be consulted.

3.

Public Meeting: A public meeting is held.

4.

Council: The council passes or refuses to pass by-law.

5.

Council: The City sends notice of passage of by-law.

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If no one appeals, by-law is effective on the date that council passed the by-law.

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Appeal: Any person or public body may appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board.

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The Ontario Municipal Board may dismiss the appeal without holding a hearing; or holds a hearing and decides.

Land Severance and Minor Variance Process:

 

1.

Before Applying: The applicant consults municipal staff.

2.

Submits Application: It is submitted to the City of Thorold Committee of Adjustment. Other agencies may be consulted.

3.

Committee of Adjustment: The consent-granting authority gives notice of application.

4.

Decision: The consent is approved or refused.

5.

Notice of Decision: The notice of decision is sent to applicant and those requesting notification. 

* Appeal: Any person or public body may appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board.
* The Ontario Municipal Board may dismiss the appeal without holding a hearing; or holds a hearing and decides.
6.

Certificate Issued: The certificate is issued and the lot can be transferred.
 

Official Plan:
  
The City of Thorold Official Plan is a policy document which outlines land use planning in the City of Thorold. It contains a statement of long-term goals and objections together with policies on major planning issues including urban renewal and smart growth as well as the preservation of environmentally significant lands. The Plan contains schedules (maps) which establish where residential, rural, parkland, commercial, industrial, and agricultural areas are to be located.

 

Subdivision Plan:
  

The plan of subdivision is a formal document approved by the City, which allows an owner to divide the land into a number of separate parts, for various purposes (lots, blocks for schools, and parks, easements for municipal services and utilities, roads). The division of land through a plan of subdivision is a means of regulating land design and development. It also ensures that adequate services are available at a reasonable cost to both the municipality and future area residents.

There is a binding agreement between the subdivider and the municipality concerning the development of the land. This agreement, which is registered against the land, sets out details on various matters such as servicing, road dedication, and easements. The plan must be registered before any new lots or blocks in the subdivision can be sold.

If you are contemplating dividing your land pre-consult with the Planning Department to determine if the land division can be done through the consent process (Committee of Adjustment) or by way of a Plan of Subdivision.

 

Site Plan Control:
  
The purpose of Site Plan Control is to maintain City standards and ensure development occurs as approved, safely and in an attractive manner. Site Plan Control agreements provide the City with the ability to participate in the determination and location of elements in the development's overall design. Site Plan Control is only applicable to residential development having 3 or more dwelling units, commercial, industrial and institutional developments.No building permit will be issued until such time as a Site Plan Agreement is registered on the title of the land involved.