The division of land can occur in two ways:

Subdivision approval ensures the following:

  • The land is suitable for its proposed new use.
  • The proposed use conforms to the Official Plan and applicable Zoning By-law.
  • Impact on surrounding properties and land owners is positive.
  • The new development does not put any strain on existing services or facilities.

Any new subdivision must have a “registered plan of subdivision”. This is a legal document that details the exact surveyed boundaries and dimensions of lots, the placement of streets, and the locations of any schools or parks. The plan does not need to show specific building locations or dimensions because the Site Plan approval process addresses them if necessary.

Subdivision Process

  1. Pre-consultation meeting(s) with the Planning Department.
  2. Submission of complete application with a draft Plan of Subdivision.
  3. Review of application, draft plan and required studies and/or reports.
  4. Circulation to municipal departments and local agencies.
  5. Notice of Public meeting mailed to property owners within the circulation area (120 metres). Notice must advise of the date and time of the Council meeting.
  6. Staff report is prepared following meetings with applicant and Planning department.
  7. Notice of Decision issued and circulated.
  8. If the Decision is to approve and no appeals are received, the process proceeds to registration of plan and sub dividers' agreement.
  9. If the Decision is to deny, the developer has the option of appealing to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, which may or may not support Council's decision.