The Planning Department provides consultative services to Council, Staff, Ratepayers and Developers with respect to land use, building and planning matters and co-ordinates development approvals. Virtually every land transaction in the City has some Planning Department involvement, from zoning compliance and confirmation of the status of site plan or subdivision agreements to work order information.
The Planning Department is responsible for the City's Official Plan which provides policy and guidelines for private development, and for municipal infrastructure improvements. In accordance with the Planning Act, all of Council's by-laws approving development, as well as public works, must conform with the Official Plan. Planning Staff are also responsible for the City's Zoning By-law which implements the Official Plan by establishing specific land use regulations.
The Planning Department provides advice to developers and property owners with respect to site plan control approvals for multiple residential, commercial and industrial projects, servicing agreements and plans of condominium and subdivision. The authority to approve development, including subdivisions and condominiums, rests with City Council. It is the function of the Planning Department to advise Council of the appropriateness of a proposed development.
- The Planning Department conducts an extensive review of all proposed development.
- This review includes circulation for comment to pertinent City departments, local utilities, other external agencies such as the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, and others that may have an interest or condition to be met.
- The Planning Department then co-ordinates this information and forwards the results of this review to Council for approval.
Planning Staff perform administrative functions for the Committee of Adjustment, a Committee appointed by City Council in accordance with the Planing Act. The Committee of Adjustment is given powers under the Planning Act and by City Council to deal with minor variances to certain City by-laws, mainly the City's Zoning By-law, or to allow changes to non-conforming uses.
The Planning Department is responsible for land severance (the authorized separation of a piece of land to form two new properties) within the City of Brockville. Consents to sever land are handled by the Chief Planning Officer/Director of Planning. Where a consent to sever requires a minor variance, the Committee of Adjustment deals with the application for consent and minor variance concurrently.
Development Charges and imposts are collected by the Chief Building Official prior to issuance of building permits, along with any other fees and imposts. The Chief Building Official should be contacted, prior to submitting an application for building permit, to determine all charges, imposts and fees.
For assistance with any planning related matters, please contact the Planning Department: