Property Development In the Post 2017 Policy Regime.

Over the past several years, the Provincial government has updated much of the planning legislation in Ontario. In 2014 the latest Provincial Policy Statement was released, replacing the 2007 version. Notable changes included: new policies...

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Getting Your Development Approved – Step Three

Statutory Public Meeting It has been some time since we discussed the steps involved in the development approvals process. To refresh your memory, here are the first two steps. As you may recall, pre-consultation involves meeting with municipal staff and any external...

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Development on Private Roads

Thinking of buying a property on a private road? What does it mean? Within smaller municipalities in more remote areas of Ontario, many properties are accessed by private roads. Private roads are owned and maintained by one or more land owner and used to access...

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What to Know When Buying Property

Purchasing Property? Do Your Research! As we’ve touched on in other blog entries, people that are resistant to any type of development taking place near their home are referred to as NIMBYs (Not in my backyard). While the NIMBY moniker is certainly a pejorative term,...

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Why Mapping Is Important

It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Today’s digital mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies can be used to create high quality informative and adaptable map products. Quality graphics and maps are a key component of many...

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Planning Lessons Learned: The 2013 Minden Flood

For the village of Minden, the spring of 2013 will long be remembered as the spring when the Gull River rose up over its banks, flooding homes and businesses. The devastation that the flood waters bring is very real, both in the short term and the longer term. It is...

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What to expect at the Ontario Municipal Board

"We don’t want to go to the Board". That’s what most planners and lawyers will tell you. However, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) may be your last chance to get your development approved. Or, conversely, you may be going before the Board to defend your development....

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Getting Your Development Approved – Step Two

The Waiting Game A few weeks ago we discussed pre-consultation, the first step of the development approval process. Step Two of the approval process is application submission, circulation and review. At this point, you have submitted your development application to...

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Politics as Usual: Surviving the Political Side of Planning

A recently common trend throughout Canada has been poor voter turnout for municipal elections. It seems obvious on the surface – municipal politics doesn’t receive anything close to the coverage dedicated to national or provincial politics (alleged crack-smoking...

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