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The site planning process is designed to ensure that developments are constructed in a manner consistent with the municipality’s responsibility to provide services, plan for public safety, and continue to guide our communities towards growth and sustainability. prosperity. It is largely a review of the layout and functionality of a site from a technical point of view and therefore involves various departments within the municipality as well as some external bodies such as the Ministry of Transport or the Nature Protection Authority.

Site planning is a tool used in Chatham-Kent when the property is being developed to coordinate the needs of the developer as well as the interests of the community and the use of public resources. It is extremely valuable in implementing Chatham-Kent’s continuous improvement goals to become a welcoming, active and sustainable place to work and live. All of Chatham Kent’s specific objectives can be found in the Official Plan.

Site plan approval

  • Implements the Chatham-Kent Official Plan and Zoning By-law
  • Coordinates municipal service, public safety and compatibility of land uses
  • Provides opportunities to be a healthier and progressive place
  • Respects individual choice, style and budget

The municipality strives to be efficient and transparent during the process so that development can occur without undue delays. It is important that landowners with development projects familiarize themselves with the site planning process and contact the municipality at the start of the project to coordinate the review process.

What types of development require site plan approval?

Site plan approval is required for a wide range of land uses including, but not limited to:

  • Commercial
  • Industrial / employment
  • Institutional / community
  • Multiple residential
  • Parking spaces
  • Specialized agriculture
  • Agricultural Commercial and Industrial
  • Commercial scale energy projects

Certain types of smaller scale development are exempt from site plan approval, including:

  • Single-family dwellings, duplex dwellings, semi-detached dwellings and garden suite, accessory buildings or accessory residential dwelling for these low-density residential uses
  • Townhouses on the street with some features such as each unit facing a street
  • (General agricultural uses and ancillary buildings. The exemption does not apply to large-scale greenhouses, mushroom production facilities or uses related to agriculture.
  • Modification of the site where the conversion of areas of vegetated or bare soil to hard cover (gravel, paving, buildings) results in an increase of less than twenty percent (20%), calculated as the cumulative increase on the site since December 12 2016
  • Additions to buildings or structures that do not exceed twenty percent (20%) of the area of ​​the existing building, up to a maximum of 500 m² (cumulative since December 12, 2016)
  • Underground storage tanks and septic systems
  • Tents, marquees, trailers and similar temporary structures to be erected for a period not exceeding 120 consecutive days
  • Buildings or structures, including enclosures intended to enclose, stairs, passageways, entryways, porches, verandas and mechanical equipment that is incidental to the primary use
  • Buildings and structures used for flood control or conservation in collaboration with the Nature Protection Authority
  • Any additions required to comply with the Fire Protection and Prevention Act

Who will review my sitemap?

To begin with, you’ll meet with a planner to discuss your landscaping project and the site planning process. At this meeting, the planner will review zoning compliance and inquire about service requirements. Please bring any “rough drafts” or concept plans and drawings to this meeting. This meeting is considered part of the prior consultation process and is mandatory. Visit our Development Review Process page for more information on what to expect during the pre-consultation meeting.

The pre-consultation continues with the planner presenting your proposal to the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), which includes representatives from each municipal department. The committee will determine what information you will need to include in your application in order to conduct a proper review. This committee meets once a week. Following their meeting, you will receive a summary specific to your project that you can use to prepare your application.

Once you submit a complete application, it will be reviewed by each department and any appropriate external body. The planner will consolidate any questions or requests for revisions and communicate them to you. Following the reviews, a planner will prepare a report to summarize your request and provide a recommendation to the Director of Planning Services or Council. The Director of Planning Services has the authority to approve projects with an estimated construction cost of $ 2 million or less. Otherwise, the Board is the approving authority. Site plan approval is required before a building permit is issued for almost all types of development and applies to the entire municipality.

How long will the approval of the sitemap take?

Approval of the sitemap depends on the complexity of the development, the completeness of the application, and how quickly you can make the necessary revisions. If the project also requires other planning requests, such as an official plan or a zoning change to support a site plan request, then the requests can be reviewed and reported at the same time. An application for a building permit may also be considered along with an application for a site plan and a permit issued after approval of your site plan.

Is there a fee for approving the sitemap?

The site plan approval application fee is set by the municipality and may change from time to time. To download the Sitemap Monitor app and see a list of fees, visit our Scheduling Applications and Fees page. In addition to the application fee, the municipality may incur fees to review your application. For example, when a specific technical study is required to substantiate an application, the municipality may require a peer review of the study and the municipality may not have the technical experts available in-house to undertake the peer review. . These costs will be recovered from the promoter.

Certain developments will require the applicant to consult directly with external agencies before submitting a full application. The costs associated with these consultations are not covered by municipal administrative fees.

Can I make changes to my sitemap after it’s approved?

Some minor changes can be made after approval. The changes are called “changes” and will need to be reviewed and approved by the Director of Planning Services. Changes will only be allowed if:

  • Changes to buildings and structures are minor and do not significantly change location, size or height.
  • The design and appearance of the development are relatively unchanged.
  • The function of public infrastructure is not affected.
  • The modifications do not affect the agreement of the sitemap or the wording of the conditions, and
  • The changes do not create any change in the level of municipal services required by the development.

The changes that will be authorized after approval must really be minor, otherwise a new request will be necessary to assess the impact of the proposed changes. This would require re-requisition and application fees, and most likely affect your ability to continue construction while reviewing the proposed changes to the site plan.