Types of Planning Applications
With all Planning Act applications, you must pre-consult with Town Planner before you make an application. The Town Planner can help ensure your plans meet the requirements of the Town’s Official Plan and work with you to ensure your approval process is a smooth and efficient as possible.
Town of Arnprior Official Plan – Updated December 2017
County of Renfrew Application Forms
Official Plan Amendments
An official plan is a policy document that describes how land should be used in the community. It provides direction for future planning activities and for public and private initiatives aimed at improving the existing physical environment. Official plans address issues such as:
If you want to use your property or develop it in a way that conflicts with the approved official plan, you will need to obtain an official plan amendment. Every official plan amendment triggers a review by staff, approval by Council, as well as public meetings and negotiations. Final approval of amendment to the Town’s Official Plan is made by the upper tier authority, the County of Renfrew.
Zoning By-law Amendments
A zoning by-law is a document used to regulate the use of land. It states exactly what land uses are currently permitted in the town and provides detailed information such as:
If you want to use or develop your property in a way that does not comply with the existing by-law, you have to apply for a zoning change. A rezoning, or zoning amendment, can be considered only if your new use is allowed by the Town’s Official Plan policies. Every zoning amendment triggers a review by staff, approval by Council, as well as public meetings and negotiations.
Consent and Minor Variance
Some changes, like dividing land or making changes to how the land is used, known as variances, require approval from the Committee of Adjustment. The Town’s Committee of Adjustment is made up of five members of the public who are appointed by council for the term of council. Meetings are held on an as needed basis. The committee considers applications for minor variances from the zoning by-law, applications for land division (consent to sever land), and any other variances specified by council that implement the official plan. Applications to the Committee of Adjustment are processed in accordance with the requirements of Sections 45 and 53 of the Planning Act, applicable regulations (O.Reg. 200/96 and 197/96 as amended), the Statutory Powers Procedures Act and applicable town policies. The committee is authorized by the Planning Act to consider applications for:
The zoning by-law regulates how land and buildings are used and where buildings and structures can be located. The zoning by-law also specifies lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and other provisions necessary to ensure proper and orderly development. When a proposal does not comply with the provisions of the zoning by-law, an owner may make application to the Committee of Adjustment for a minor variance. A minor variance provides relief from a specific zoning by-law requirement, excusing a property owner from meeting the exact requirements of the by-law. The committee must ensure that the variances, if approved, satisfy the following:
Property owners must make application for consent in order to:
A heritage permit is required to undertake changes to properties designated under the Ontario Heritage Act or which is part of the Heritage Conservation District. Planning staff will review applications, supported by the Municipal Heritage Committee. The Ontario Heritage Act specifies that all proposals for demolition, new construction or to alter the exterior appearance of properties within a heritage conservation district must be approved by Council, and a permit must be issued before any work may begin. In some cases, the proposed alteration may not require a heritage permit.
Part Lot Control
Part lot control is a provision of the Planning Act that, as the term implies, regulates the transfer or sale of part of a lot within a registered plan of subdivision. The municipality uses this provision as a means of preventing the possible uncontrolled division of lots within a plan of subdivision after the plan has been registered. Exemption from part lot control is commonly used to facilitate semi-detached and town-house developments. This approach is used because of the difficulty the builder would have in ensuring that the common center wall between two dwelling units was constructed exactly on the property line.
Plan of Condominium
A plan of condominium is the process of dividing property so that an individual holds title to a portion of a building, or a unit, as well as a share of the rest of the property that is common to all the individual unit owners. A condominium can apply to residential, commercial or industrial properties. Condominium approval is given by the upper tier authority, the County of Renfrew.
Plan of Subdivision
A Plan of Subdivision is the process of dividing land into two or more parcels so that those parcels can be held in separate ownership. The approval process is governed by the Planning Act and ensures that:
Site plan control is a site-specific type of development control, authorized under Section 41 of the Planning Act. Site plan control applies to construction, development and re-development on all commercial and industrial lands within the corporate boundaries of the town, with some exceptions.