Planning

Planning

The Planning Department is responsible for the review, development and implementation of land use policies and by-laws including the Township's Official Plan.  We accept, review and process development related applications such as Official Plan amendments, Zoning By-law amendments, plans of subdivision/condominium, consents, minor variances, site plan agreements and deeming by-laws.  

View Minutes and Agendas for the Planning Board in the Planning Board Documents folder

Please note that only minutes and agendas beginning in 2017 are available for download.  If you wish to acquire older documents, please contact the Planning Assistant at 705-746-4243 Ext. 304 or email jnawroth@thearchipelago.on.ca.


What does the Archipelago Area Planning Board do?

The Archipelago Area Planning Board has jurisdiction over lands within the Township of The Archipelago, the unincorporated Townships of Wallbridge, Brown, Blair, Mowat and Henvey and that portion of Harrison Township that is not in the Township of The Archipelago.  Membership of the Planning Board consists of 8 members, 6 of which are Township of The Archipelago councillors appointed by Council and 2 of whom are Provincial delegates chosen by the Province to represent the unincorporated areas.

The Province has delegated authority under the Planning Act to The Archipelago Area Planning Board (the "Planning Board") to make decisions on consent applications, requests for approval of plans of subdivision and on condominium developments within the Township of The Archipelago.  The Planning Board has the authority to grant consents only within the unincorporated Townships as identified above.

Under What Conditions is a Consent Required?

A consent is required to:
  • divide land (or sever it) to create a new lot;
  • adjust boundaries of existing land parcels to enlarge or decrease the size of a property (a lot addition);
  • register an easement or right-of-way;
  • register a mortgage or discharge a mortgage over part of a parcel of land;
  • register a lease over part of a parcel of land when the term of the lease is 21 years or more (inclusive of renewal options)
What is a land severance?

A land severance is the authorized separation of a piece of land to form a new lot or a new parcel of land.  This is commonly known as a consent.  Planning Board approval is required to ensure that land severances are considered within an established planning framework, that they do not conflict with overall future planning goals and policies and that consideration can be given to the effect of the severance on the site, the neighbours and on the community as a whole.

The Township of The Archipelago's Official Plan contains policies and requirements for land severances within the Township.

The Planning Board has adopted a Minimum Standards By-law that establishes minimum lot areas and lot frontages for new lots created within the unincorporated areas under the Planning Board's jurisdiction.  See below for more information regarding minimum lot standards in the unincorporated areas.  

What is a plan of subdivision?

If several severances are intended in the same area, a plan of subdivision may be more appropriate.  In isolated cases, the Planning Board may consider the appropriateness of creating multiple lots by subdivision rather than by consent.  However, in the Township of The Archipelago, the creation of new lots is likely to proceed by consent as opposed to a plan of subdivision.  

How do I apply?

It is strongly recommended that you consult with Planning Department staff prior to the submission of an application.  Contact information is located below.

A consent application form can be downloaded, printed and completed manually.  For your convenience, the application can also be completed on-line in a fillable PDF format and then printed. Please note that applicants must submit an original application form containing original signatures where indicated.  In addition, the applicant must complete the Affidavit or Sworn Declaration section of the application form before a Commissioner or other person empowered to take affidavits.

An information sheet accompanies the application form and provides details with respect to the Planning Board, the costs involved and the information and documentation required to be submitted with the application. 

How will my application be processed?

Upon receipt of a completed application form, together with all required documentation and the application fee, Planning Department staff will conduct a preliminary review of the application.  A site inspection will be conducted of the subject property following which the Township's Planner will prepare a planning report.  The report will be provided to the Board members and to the applicant. 

The Planner will review the application for consistency with Township policies and the policies of the Provincial Policy Statement.  This review may result in the need for the applicant to engage an environmental consultant to have a more thorough review of the potential impact to the natural heritage features on the property.  The application cannot proceed to the Planning Board for consideration until such time as the environmental review has been completed. 

The application will be scheduled to be considered by the Planning Board.  Notice of the Application must be circulated at least 14 days prior to the meeting, to owners of land within an area established by the Planning Board and to other parties as prescribed by Planning Act regulation. 

The Planning Board will make a decision to grant or refuse the application.  If granted, the Planning Board will impose such conditions as are necessary for the consent to be granted.  Conditions could include such things as requiring that the lands be rezoned, or that the owner enter into an agreement with the Township. 

Notice of the Decision will be sent not later than fifteen days from the making of the Decision, to the applicant and to each person who appeared in person or by counsel at the meeting and who filed a written request to be notified of the Decision.  Information included in the Notice of Decision outlines the appeal procedures and identifies the last day for appealing the Planning Board's Decision to the Ontario Municipal Board.  If no appeal is made by the end of the appeal period, the Decision is final and binding. 

What if the Decision is appealed?

A Notice of Appeal to the OMB must be personally delivered or sent to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Committee of Adjustment.  Appeal forms are available on the Ontario Municipal Board’s website.  The appeal must set out the reasons for the objection and must include the OMB's prescribed appeal fee.  The Secretary-Treasurer will then prepare an appeal package and forward it to the OMB.  The OMB will schedule a hearing and give written notice of the time and date in advance of the hearing. 

For further information with respect to appeals, please contact the Planning Department.  Additional information can also be found in the Ministry of Municipal Affairs' Citizen's Guide to Land Severances.

What if a rezoning is required as a condition of consent?

If the Planning Board has imposed a condition that the subject lands be rezoned, the owner/applicant must submit an application to amend the Comprehensive Zoning By-law.  The Zoning By-law Amendment Section below contains further information with respect to this application process.
 
Unincorporated Townships - Minimum Standards By-law

Minimum Standards By-law PB00-01, as amended, was passed by the Archipelago Area Planning Board to establish minimum lot standards for new lots created by consent in the unincorporated Townships of Wallbridge, Brown, Blair, Mowat and Henvey and that portion of Harrison Township that is not in the Township of The Archipelago.  If the Planning Board approves a land severance in which the proposed severed and/or retained lot would not meet the minimum lot standards, the Planning Board will impose a condition of consent approval requiring that the subject lands be exempted from the Minimum Standards By-law.  Property owners can apply by submitting an Application for Exemption from the Minimum Standards By-law.

How long do I have to satisfy the conditions of consent?

Where a consent is granted with conditions, the conditions must be fulfilled within one year of the giving of notice of the Planning Board's decision, or the consent is deemed to be refused.  When all conditions have been met, the Secretary-Treasurer will issue a Certificate to grant final consent which is then registered at the Land Registry Office.

View Agendas and Minutes for the Committee of Adjustment Documents folder

 

Please note that only minutes and agendas beginning in 2017 are available for download.  If you wish to acquire older documents, please contact the Planning Assistant at 705-746-4243 Ext. 304 or email jnawroth@thearchipelago.on.ca.

 
What is a Committee of Adjustment?

The Township of The Archipelago's Comprehensive Zoning By-law regulates the way in which land can be used in the Township by identifying different properties with land use zones.  The By-law also contains rules that apply to each zone respecting matters such as permitted uses, building setbacks and lot coverage.  As it is difficult for the Zoning By-law to address every circumstance that may affect the development or use of a particular property, the Planning Act authorizes municipalities to establish a committee of adjustment to which property owners can apply for relief. 

A committee of adjustment is authorized by the Planning Act to grant minor variances from the provisions of the Township's Comprehensive Zoning By-law, in respect of the land, building or structure or the use thereof. 

The Committee of Adjustment for the Township of The Archipelago consists of ten members who are councillors for the Township appointed by Council.  Hearings are scheduled on a monthly, as required basis.  A committee of adjustment is a quasi-judicial body and must therefore be concerned with various procedural requirements designed to ensure fair and impartial handling of matters.

What is a minor variance? 

At times it is not possible for a property owner to meet the requirements of the Zoning By-law.  Application for a minor variance can be submitted if your proposed development doesn't conform exactly to the regulations of the Zoning By-law, but follows its general intent.  For example, you may want to locate a garage on your property, but the shape of your lot prohibits the proposed development from meeting the minimum side yard setback.  A minor variance would allow you to construct the garage with a side yard setback less than that which is required by the Zoning By-law.  In this way minor variances provide flexibility so that developments which do not precisely meet the requirements of the Comprehensive Zoning By-law may still proceed.  Without the possibility of obtaining a minor variance from the provisions of the Zoning By-law, the only recourse for an individual would be to seek a site specific amendment to the Zoning By-law, a much lengthier process.  Landowners are encouraged to consult with Planning Department staff to discuss their proposals and to determine the best method of proceeding.  The Zoning By-law Amendment Section below contains further information with respect to this application process.

The Planning Act requires that a committee of adjustment must consider four tests when hearing an application for a minor variance.
  1. Is the variance being requested minor in nature?  The term "minor" is relative in nature and each application must be interpreted on its own merits and in conjunction with the remaining key tests for what constitutes a variance.
  2. Is the variance being requested desirable for the appropriate development or use of the land, building or structure?  Committee members should consider aspects of the application such as its effect on adjacent properties and the effect on the municipality as a whole and on its policies.
  3. Does the variance maintain the intent and purpose of the Township's Zoning By-law?  Committee members must review the relative provision of the Zoning By-law and then weigh the variance being requested against this provision.  For example, if the applicant is seeking relief from the required front yard setback, the committee must review the reasons for establishing a front yard setback in the Zoning By-law, and then decide if the variance applied for will compromise the basis for this provision. 
  4. Does the variance maintain the intent and purpose of the Township's Official Plan?  Committee decisions should maintain the policy directives and objectives of the Official Plan.
How do I apply?

It is strongly recommended that you consult with Planning Department staff prior to the submission of an application. Contact information can be located on the Township's website. 

A Committee of Adjustment application can be downloaded, printed and completed manually.  For your convenience, the application can also be completed on-line in a fillable PDF format and then printed.  Please note that applicants must submit an original application form containing original signatures where indicated.  In addition, the applicant must complete the Affidavit or Sworn Declaration section of the application form before a Commissioner or other person empowered to take affidavits. 

An information sheet accompanies the application form and provides details with respect to the Committee of Adjustment, the costs involved and the information and documentation required to be submitted with the application.

How will my application be processed?

A complete application must be submitted a minimum of four weeks prior to the Committee meeting at which the application could first be considered.  Due to the complexity of some applications, Planning staff require sufficient time to undertake a review of the application, conduct a site inspection, prepare a Planning report to the Committee and to fulfill the requirements of the Planning Act with respect to the giving of Notice of the Hearing. 

A Hearing date will be set for the Committee to consider your application. The Committee of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial body which makes decisions solely on information gathered as a Committee. To avoid a conflict of interest, Committee Members are not to be contacted prior to the Hearing date.

Notice of the Hearing must be circulated at least 10 days prior to the Hearing, to owners of land within an area established by the Committee and to other parties as prescribed by Planning Act regulation.  These parties are invited to attend the Hearing to express their views about the application or to submit written comments to the Committee.  It is important that you and/or your agent attend the Hearing to explain the reasons for your application; if you do not attend, the Committee may proceed in your absence.  The Committee will make a decision to grant or refuse the application. If granted, the Committee may or may not impose conditions to be satisfied. 

Notice of the Decision must be sent not later than ten days from the making of the Decision, to the applicant and to each person who appeared in person or by counsel at the Hearing and who filed a written request to be notified of the Decision.  The Notice of Decision outlines the appeal procedures and identifies the last day for appealing the Committee's Decision to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).  If no appeal is made by the end of the appeal period, the Decision is final and binding. 

What if the Decision is appealed? 

A Notice of Appeal to the OMB must be personally delivered or sent to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Committee of Adjustment.  Appeal forms are available on the Ontario Municipal Board’s website.  The appeal must set out the reasons for the objection and must include the OMB's prescribed appeal fee. The Secretary-Treasurer will then prepare an appeal package and forward it to the OMB.  The OMB will schedule a hearing and give written notice of the time and date in advance of the hearing.

For further information with respect to appeals, please contact the Planning Department. Additional information can also be found in the Ministry of Municipal Affairs' Citizen's Guide to Zoning By-laws.

What is the Official Plan?
One of the most important responsibilities municipalities have is land use planning.  The Official Plan is one of the planning documents that is key to controlling land use in the Township.  The Official Plan sets out the Township’s goals and objectives and establishes policies on how the Township will deal with various land uses and servicing questions that arise.

View the Township's Official Plan

What is an Official Plan Amendment?

A landowner who wishes to use his/her property or develop it in a way that conflicts with the policies of the Official Plan would need to apply to the Township for an amendment to the Official Plan to allow the development to occur.  For example, an Official Plan amendment would be required to create a new lot in a Neighbourhood that does not support severances in the Official Plan policies for that Neighbourhood.

How do I apply?

It is strongly recommended that you consult with Planning Department staff prior to the submission of an application.  It is helpful to discuss your proposal with staff to confirm whether a Zoning By-law amendment and/or other planning approvals are necessary.  Contact information can be located on the Township’s website.

An application form to amend the Official Plan can be downloaded, printed and completed manually.  For your convenience, the application can also be completed on-line in a fillable PDF format and then printed.  Please note that applicants must submit an original application form containing original signatures where indicated.  In addition, the applicant must complete the Affidavit or Sworn Declaration section of the application form before a Commissioner or other person empowered to take affidavits.

An information sheet accompanies the application form and provides details with respect to the application process, the costs involved and the information and documentation required to be submitted with the application.

How will my application be processed?

Planning Department staff will conduct a preliminary review of the application upon receipt of a completed application form, together with all required documentation and the application fee.

As part of the review, the application will be examined for consistency with the Township’s policies and the policies of the Provincial Policy Statement.  This review may result in the need for the applicant to engage an environmental consultant to have a more thorough review of the potential impact to the natural heritage features on the property.  The application cannot proceed to Council for consideration until such time as the environmental review has been completed.

The Township’s Planner will prepare a planning report and the application will be scheduled to be considered by Council.  Council may direct that the proposed amendment be scheduled to be considered at a public meeting as required by the Planning Act, or, it may refuse to adopt the proposed Official Plan amendment.

The purpose of a public meeting is to provide an opportunity for the public to speak in support of or in opposition to the proposed amendment.  Notice of the public meeting must be circulated to owners of land and other parties as prescribed by Township policy and Planning Act regulation.

Following the public meeting, Council will adopt or refuse to adopt the proposed Official Plan Amendment.  If the Amendment is adopted, notice of the adoption of the amendment will be given to all persons and agencies as required by Planning Act regulation.

The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing is the approval authority for Official Plan Amendments for the Township of The Archipelago.  Following Council’s adoption of the Amendment, it will be submitted to the Ministry for approval.  The Ministry may approve the Amendment as is, or it may approve the Amendment with modifications.  The Ministry will forward notice of the Ministry’s decision with respect to the Official Plan Amendment to those parties that have forwarded a written request to be notified.  The notice will outline the appeal procedures and identify the last day for appealing the Ministry’s decision to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).  If no appeal is made by the end of the appeal period, the decision is final and binding and the Official Plan amendment comes into full force and effect.

Can an Official Plan Amendment be appealed?

There are various stages in the application process at which a party has the right of appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).  In general, any person or public body who has made an oral submission at the public meeting or has provided Council with a written submission with respect to the application has the right to appeal the decision of Council to the OMB.  Parties also have the opportunity to appeal the Ministry of Municipal Affairs’ decision with respect to approval of the Official Plan amendment.  Appeal forms are available on the Ontario Municipal Board’s website.

For further information with respect to appeals, please contact the Planning Department.  Additional information can also be found in the Ministry of Municipal Affairs’ Citizen’s Guide to Official Plans.

Official Plan
 
One of the most important responsibilities municipalities have is land use planning.  The Official Plan is one of the planning documents that is key to controlling land use in the Township.  The Official Plan sets out the Township’s goals and objectives and establishes policies on how the Township will deal with various land uses and servicing questions that arise.

View the Township's Official Plan


Zoning By-law and Planning Handbook

The Township’s Comprehensive Zoning By-law implements the policies of the Official Plan by regulating and controlling specific land uses.  The Zoning By-law divides the Township into a number of zones and sets out the permitted uses of land such as where buildings and structures can be located and requirements such as lot coverage and setbacks.  Through zoning, the Township can guide and shape the pattern of development that occurs.

The Township has created a Planning Handbook intended to assist individuals in determining how the Township’s Official Plan policies and Zoning By-law regulations affect the use of a property.  The Planning Handbook is not a legal document and is provided solely as a general guide to understanding and using the Comprehensive Zoning By-law and certain aspects of the Official Plan.  The legal rules and regulations affecting individual properties are contained in the Comprehensive Zoning By-law.  The Planning Handbook does not form part of the Comprehensive Zoning By-law as passed by Council.

View the Township's Interactive Zoning Application

View the Township's Zoning By-law

View the Planning Handbook

What is Site Plan Control?

Site plan control is a form of development control provided to municipalities by Ontario's Planning Act.  The Township’s Official Plan sets policies with respect to lands that have been designated by by-law to be site plan control areas.  No one can undertake any development on lands subject to site plan control unless Council has reviewed and approved certain plans.

What are the goals of site plan control?


Site plan control by-laws are used to establish areas where site plan control will be applied over and above the regulations set out in the Township’s Zoning By-law.  Some of the major goals of site plan control for the Township are:

  • to improve the image and aesthetic appearance of properties;
  • to reduce the impact of development on surrounding land uses;
  • to protect environmental areas (e.g. wetlands, hilltops, wildlife habitats) through the appropriate location of buildings and structures

Who is affected?

In general, the following properties have been designated as site plan control areas:

  • all commercially zoned properties;
  • all properties zoned Private Club (PC);
  • all properties on Blackstone Lake;
  • all properties on Wah-wash-kesh Island of Kapikog Lake;
  • all properties on Sandy Island and Ingersoll Island;
  • all properties on Frying Pan Island;
  • all properties on Ojibway Island; and
  • all properties on Pentecost Island

In addition, there are a number of individual properties which Council has designated as site plan control areas.  Applicants should consult the Planning Department to determine whether a property is affected. 

What is Site Plan Approval? 

Site Plan Approval is administered by the Township’s Planning Department pursuant to Section 41 of the Planning Act.  Site Plan approval given by Council for all properties designated by Township by-law as a site plan control area.  Site plan approval is a prerequisite to an application for a building permit. 

How do I apply? 

It is strongly recommended that you consult with Planning Department staff prior to the submission of an application.  Contact information can be located on the Township’s website. 

The Development Application for Lands Under Site Plan Control can be downloaded, printed and completed manually.  For your convenience, the application can also be completed on-line in a fillable PDF format and then printed.  Please note that applicants must submit an original application form containing original signatures where indicated.  In addition, the applicant must complete the Affidavit or Sworn Declaration section of the application form before a Commissioner or other person empowered to take affidavits.

An information sheet accompanies the application form and provides details with respect to the application process, the costs involved and the information and documentation required to be submitted with the application. 

How will my application be processed? 

Planning Department staff will conduct a preliminary review of the application upon receipt of a completed application form, together with all required documentation and the application fee. 

The Township’s Planner may conduct a site inspection of your property, following which a planning report will be prepared.  Your application will then be scheduled to be considered by Council for consideration.  Council may approve your application subject to you entering into a site plan agreement with the Township.  If a site plan agreement is required, a separate fee will be required.  The Planner will prepare the agreement and will forward it to you for signature, following which the Township’s solicitor will be engaged to register the site plan agreement on title. 

Building permits are generally not issued until site plan control requirements are addressed. 

What is a site plan agreement? 

A site plan agreement is an agreement registered on title that describes the manner in which a property is to be developed.  It contractually binds the owner to develop and maintain a site in accordance with the approved plans and the terms of the agreement.  The agreement may or may not include financial guarantees to ensure compliance with the agreement.

Commercially zoned properties and properties zoned Private Club (PC) are generally required to enter into site plan agreements.  In addition, site plan agreements may be imposed as conditions of an application for rezoning, minor variance or severance on residentially zoned properties.

What is a Zoning By-law Amendment? 

A landowner who wishes to use his/her property or develop it in a way that is not allowed by the regulations of the Zoning By-law would need to apply to the Township for an amendment to the Zoning By-law to allow the development to occur.  However, Council can only consider a Zoning By-law amendment if the proposed use is allowed by the Township’s Official Plan.  If the proposed use was not allowed in the Official Plan, the landowner would need to apply for an Official Plan Amendment as well.  See the Official Plan Amendment Section below for more information.

Please note that, in certain circumstances, it may be more appropriate for a landowner to apply to the Committee of Adjustment for a minor variance.  Landowners are encouraged to consult with Planning Department staff to discuss their proposals and to determine the best method of proceeding.  For further information on the Committee of Adjustment, please refer to the Committee of Adjustment Section below.   

How do I apply? 

It is strongly recommended that you consult with Planning Department staff prior to the submission of an application.  It is helpful to discuss your proposal with staff to confirm whether an Official Plan amendment and/or other planning approvals are necessary.  Contact information can be located on the Township’s website.  Due to the complexity of some zoning applications, applicants may engage the services of a planning consultant for guidance and advice. 

An application form to amend the Comprehensive Zoning By-law can be downloaded, printed and completed manually.  For your convenience, the application can also be completed on-line in a fillable PDF format and then printed.  Please note that applicants must submit an original application form containing original signatures where indicated.  In addition, the applicant must complete the Affidavit or Sworn Declaration section of the application form before a Commissioner or other person empowered to take affidavits. 

An information sheet accompanies the application form and provides details with respect to the application process, the costs involved and the information and documentation required to be submitted with the application. 

How will my application be processed? 

Planning Department staff will conduct a preliminary review of the application upon receipt of a completed application form, together with all required documentation and the application fee. 

As part of the review, the application will be examined for consistency with Township policies and the policies of the Provincial Policy Statement.  This review may result in the need for the applicant to engage an environmental consultant to have a more thorough review of the potential impact to the natural heritage features on the property.  The application cannot proceed to Council for consideration until such time as the environmental review has been completed. 

The Township’s Planner will prepare a planning report and the application will be scheduled to be considered by Council.  Council may direct that the proposed amendment be scheduled for a public meeting as required by the Planning Act, or, it may refuse to adopt the proposed  Zoning By-law amendment. 

The purpose of a public meeting is to provide an opportunity for the public to speak in support of or in opposition to the proposed amendment.  Notice of the public meeting must be circulated to owners of land and other parties as prescribed by Township policy and Planning Act regulation.
Following the public meeting, Council will pass or refuse to pass the proposed Zoning By-law amendment.  If the By-law amendment is passed, notice of its passage will be given within 15 days to all persons and agencies as required by Township policy and Planning Act regulation.  The Notice of Passing outlines the appeal procedures and identifies the last day for appealing the Zoning By-law amendment to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).  If no appeal is made by the end of the appeal period, the By-law amendment comes into full force and effect. 

What if the Zoning By-law amendment is appealed? 

There are various stages in the application process at which a party has the right of appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).  In general, any person or public body who has made an oral submission at the public meeting or has provided Council with a written submission with respect to the application has the right to appeal the decision of Council to the OMB.  The notice of appeal must be personally delivered or sent to the Township’s Clerk.  Appeal forms are available on the Ontario Municipal Board’s website.  The appeal must set out the objections to the proposed By-law amendment and the reasons in support of the appeal and must include the OMB’s prescribed fee.  The OMB will schedule a hearing and give written notice of the time and date in advance of the hearing. 

For further information with respect to appeals, please contact the Planning Department.  Additional information can also be found in the Ministry of Municipal Affairs’ Citizen’s Guide to Zoning By-laws.

The Township’s Official Plan was approved in April, 2008. The Ontario Planning Act requires that municipal Official Plans be reviewed every five years. The Township has initiated this 5-year review process.   The goal of the five year review of the Official Plan is to: ensure that the updated Official Plan has regard to the matters of Provincial interest, listed in Section 2 of the Planning Act; is consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014; and contains policies that are current, relevant and meet the needs of the residents and the Municipality.

Draft Documents

Draft Official Plan Amendment No. 61, including the following draft Schedules
Schedule "E" - Township Network of Roads - North Section
Schedule "E" - Township Network of Roads - South Section
Schedule "F" - Environmentally Sensitive Areas - North Section
Schedule "F" - Environmentally Sensitive Areas - North Section
Schedule "G" - Aggregate Resources and Hazards - North Section
Schedule "G" - Aggregate Resources and Hazards - South Section
Official Plan Amendment No. 61 - Draft Policy Comparison Table

Presentations and Reports
Public Meeting Presentation - August 10, 2016 
Proposed Policy Revisions - June 23, 2016 
Provincial Planning Implementation - Presentation from August 14, 2015 Special Meeting of Council  Provincial Planning Implementation - June 3, 2015 Background Report 
Planner's Presentation - August 15, 2014 Open House 
Work Plan

Public Consultation Schedule
Public Open House - August 11, 2016 and Statutory Public Meeting - August 19, 2016 
August 14, 2015 - Special Meeting of Council Concerning 5-Year Official Plan Review

Background Materials
Official Plan 
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Citizen Guide to Land Use Planning Series 
Ontario Planning Act 
Provincial Policy Statement 2014
Comprehensive Zoning By-law A2000-07, as amended

Q & A Regarding the Official Plan Update Process
Why is the Township updating its Official Plan?
The Ontario Planning Act requires all municipal Official Plans to be updated every five years. The existing Official Plan was approved in 2008. 

What does an update consist of?
The Planning Act requires a 5-year review and update in order that the Official Plan is consistent with Provincial Plans and the Provincial Policy Statement and has regard for matters of Provincial interest. 

How will the public be consulted?
The work plan endorsed by Council outlines how the public will be consulted. In summary, the public will be consulted on multiple occasions in the summer of 2014 and in the spring and summer of 2015. The goal of the early stages of consultation (summer 2014) is to collect information regarding issues the public and interested parties feel should be addressed during the review process. The goal for the later stages of consultation (spring/summer 2015) is to provide feedback and gain input on the proposed Official Plan amendments. 

What is the approval process? 
After the initial input is received from the public and Provincial agencies, the Township’s Planning Committee will work with staff to develop a draft document for public review. A public meeting will be held to garner input with respect to the draft document. Following a public meeting, changes to the document will be made and forwarded to Council. Once adopted by Council, the Official Plan will be forwarded to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for final approval. The Ministry can approve the plan as submitted, or amend the Plan at its discretion to ensure it conforms to Provincial planning policy.

What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the outcome of the Official Plan update?
Once the decision to approve the document is made by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, there will be 20-day appeal period at which time those who requested a copy of the decision or made written or oral comments at a public meeting will be eligible to appeal the decision. The appeal is made to the Ontario Municipal Board.

Contact Information
Township staff is available to meet with residents or interested groups regarding the Official Plan review.  An appointment can be scheduled, or comments can be submitted at any time to:

Cale Henderson, MCIP, RPP
Planner
705-746-4243 x 305
chenderson@thearchipelago.on.ca

The owner  of Crane Lake Resort is proposing to convert the existing commercial resort into an 18-unit standard, residential condominium.  No new buildings are proposed.  In addition, the owner is proposing to sever off the marina from the proposed condominium to facilitate the continued operation of the marina.

Please see below to view the Notices and Reports prepared by Township staff, as well as application forms and other relevant documents with respect to this proposal.

Revised Applications Submitted - August 2016

John Jackson, Planner - Report Summarizing Proposed Revisions
Revised Site Plan
Revised Condominium Application
Revised Consent Application
Revised Official Plan Amendment Application
Revised Zoning By-law Amendment Application

Public Notices

Notice of Adoption of Official Plan Amendment No. 62
Copy of Official Plan Amendment No. 62
Notice of Second Public Meeting - September 16, 2016 - Proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments
Notice of Second Planning Board Hearing - September 16, 2016 - Proposed New Lot and Right-of-way
Notice of July 15, 2016 Public Meeting - Proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments
Notice of July 15, 2016 Planning Board Hearing - Proposed New Lot and Right-of-way


Staff Reports and Presentations

October 19, 2017 Staff Report
Preliminary Staff Planning Report - March 17, 2016
Staff Presentation to Council - March 17, 2016

Original Applicatons Submitted

Site Plan (July 15, 2016)
Condominium Application
Consent Applications (for new lot and right-of-way)
Official Plan Amendment Application
Zoning By-law Amendment Application
Letter from John Jackson, Planner (February 18, 2014)
Draft Plan of Condo Planning Summary Report (January 12, 2016)
Environmental Review (Fri Ecological Services - December 24, 2015)
Servicing Options Study (Georgian Engineering - December 31, 2015)

Background Materials and Reports Submitted by Applicant
Fractional Resort Developments: The Central Ontario Experience (John Jackson, October 2009)
Muskoka Resort and Tourism Stakeholder Workshop - Summary Report (PKF Consulting, November 1, 2012)
Information re. Parry Sound/Muskoka Tourist Resorts (June 10, 2014)
Photos of Resort
Registered Site Plan Development Agreement 

Cale Henderson,
Manager of Development & Environmental Services
705-746-4243 Ext. 305
chenderson@thearchipelago.on.ca
Jane Nawroth, Planning Assistant
705-746-4243 Ext. 304
jnawroth@thearchipelago.on.ca