The municipality must review details of site design such as the overall site grading, drainage, placement of buildings, placement of landscaped areas, stormwater management and many other facets of sites.
Section 41 of the Ontario Planning Act describes the regulations about site plan control. The municipality must review major components of a site plan including landscape, grading, design and other components. This only applies to commercial, industrial, institutional, multi-residential and intensive livestock site plans. Once reviewed, an agreement is registered on title.
For more details, read the site plan control bylaw.
Resources and Supporting Information
- Site plan control guidelines
- Submission requirements checklist
- Site plan application form
Recommended Plan Species for Landscape Plans
Our county staff, together with the Grand River Conservation Authority and Jeff Thompson of Thompson Environmental Planning and Design, developed guidelines for plant materials that should be used when preparing landscaping plans within the county. The goal is to protect natural areas from invasive species that can destroy the natural habitat.
How to Apply for Site Plan Approval
To start an application for site plan approval, contact the Site Plan Coordinator using the "contacts" box on this page. A preliminary drawing of what is being proposed will be required and requested prior to the preconsultation meeting.
Outside organizations and agencies may be involved in the pre-consultation meetings and could require additional studies to be completed.