The land use planning process aims to balance the interests of individual property owners with the wider needs and objectives of the community.
Our municipal planners deal with issues ranging from severances to subdivisions, cultural to natural heritage, and commercial to industrial developments. Good planning contributes greatly to the long term, orderly growth and efficient use of land and services.
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The Official Plan (OP) is a policy document with objectives and policies to guide the management, planning and development of all lands within the Township of Clearview.
The zoning by-law is the document that establishes permitted uses and development standards for specific areas or “zones”.A zoning by-law is a regulatory document that provides the municipality with a way to control land uses, prevent incompatible uses, and establish appropriate standards and requirements for development.Each zone contains a list of uses permitted and associated standards related to minimum lot size, setbacks from lot lines, and building height and size. The by-law also contains general provisions relating to common standards such as legal non-conforming uses, accessory buildings, parking and landscaping.
The Subdivision approval process ensures that important public interest issues have been considered. This include the suitability of the land for the purposes that it is being subdivided for; the dimensions and shapes of the proposed lots; the adequacy of utilities and municipal services; and compatibility with existing uses on all adjoining lands.
Consent is a term used to describe the municipal approval required to subdivide land without the requirement of a Plan of Subdivision. Consent is primarily used to sever an existing lot into one or two parcels and is limited to the creation of one or two lots.
The consent process may be also used to add lands to an existing lot, alter lot boundaries, or to obtain approval for long-term land leases.
A minor variance is a site specific exception to the requirements of the Zoning By-law. It does not amend the Zoning By-law.
A minor variance may be approved if:
- The general intent of the Official Plan and the Zoning By-law are maintained;
- The development permitted by the variance will be appropriate;
- There are no detrimental impacts to neighbouring properties and land uses and,
- The variance is minor.
Site Plan Approval is an essential component of the development review and approval process for major new development and is intended to complement the objectives of the Official Plan and the requirements of the Zoning By-law.
The implementation of site plan control enables the municipality to ensure that all new developments will be designed in accordance with the guidelines set out by municipal regulations and policies. Under the Planning Act, the public is not involved in the site plan approval process.
Township of Clearview Site Plan Control By-law 07-17 designates lands within its municipal boundaries as being subject to site plan control in accordance with a series of land use designations. read more>>
Grading associated with building permits, subdivisions, and site plan approvals are exempt from municipal drading approval. Grading associated with normal agricultural practices and minor landscaping activities which do not alter drainage are also exempt from municipal approval. Exemptions do not apply where lands are located in Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority regulated fill areas and permits must be obtained.
For an application for a permit from the Conservation Authority please contact NVCA at www.nvca.on.ca
The reports, council resolutions and the Land Budget related to the Growth Management process can be downloaded from Publications