The creation of a number of lots requires approval of a plan of subdivision under the Planning Act.
SDG reviews applications for a plan of subdivision against the policies of the Official Plan and planning issues including: design of lots and roads; sewer and water services (piped or private); service by utilities; drainage and storm water management; preservation and protection of natural features and hazard lands; and requirements for County and municipal roads.
The draft plan of subdivision will be circulated to agencies including the local Municipality,School Board, Conservation Authority, utility companies, and County Engineer (properties on a County Road). The draft plan may be approved with conditions that must be met before the subdivision is registered. The draft approval conditions normally require the applicant to enter into a subdivision agreement with the local municipality. The applicant must consult with the both the County and local municipality during this process.
Pre-consultation with the County and local Municipality.
Applicants must contact the local municipality to set up a pre-consultation meeting. Pre-consultation has benefits for both the municipality and the applicant. Pre-consultation allows the applicant to explain the proposal and obtain preliminary comments from the commenting agencies. For the Municipality, early consultation is an opportunity to inform the applicant of any plans and studies required to support the application and describe the approval process.