The Planning Department's mission is to monitor the land use planning and a general development pattern of the City of Clarence-Rockland aiming to improve the quality of life for its residents with respect to the harmonization of activities, spaces and landscape.
Throughout its interventions, the Planning Department thrives to encourage the glowing of a joyful living area that leaves place for emotion, imagination and creativity.
- Work out, coordinate and updates different planning tools and regulations in regards to land use planning.
- Analyze the evolution of the area and prepare reports concerning the development of the built-area.
- Ensures that the direction and goals of land use planning are followed.
- Process amendments to the planning regulation projects (Official Plan & Zoning).
- Work towards developing Geomatic (GIS) products applied to land use planning
A pre-consultation between the applicant and the municipality, prior to the submission of land use planning applications, is required in accordance with the policies of the Planning Act. This consultation will help ensure a complete application is submitted and provides opportunities for early feedback and information sharing on the proposed concept.
For most part-lot control applications, severances, and minor variances, the pre-consultation meeting is held with a municipal planner. For most Official Plan Amendments, Zoning By-law Amendments, Site Plan Approval or Subdivision/Condominium applications, you must submit an application for a pre-consultation meeting with the Development Review Team. The Development Review Team meets every two weeks and is comprised of members of the City’s Infrastructure and Planning Department, Community Services Department, and Protective Services Department, representatives from the United Counties of Prescott and Russell’s Planning and Forestry Department and Public Works Department, and a representative from South Nation Conservation.
For more information, please contact the City’s Infrastructure and Planning Department before you submit your application.
An Official Plan is a guiding policy document prepared by the Municipality with input from its residents. An Official Plan provides a framework through which the vision of a community for its growth and physical development can be realized. It includes specific policies on how land within the municipality may be used. It is also a legal document that addresses matters of provincial interest defined by the Provincial Policy Statement under the Ontario Planning Act.
There are three Official Plans which govern the development of the City of Clarence Rockland. At the highest level is the Official Plan of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell. The County Official Plan directs the development of all areas of Clarence-Rockland and is the only Official Plan in effect for the rural areas of the City as well as the villages of Clarence Creek, Hammond, Cheney, Clarence Point and St-Pascal. The current Official Plan of the United Counties was approved in March 2016.
The City of Clarence-Rockland has two Official Plans which direct development and growth for specific areas of the city. These are: The Official Plan of the Urban Area of the City of Clarence-Rockland, which directs the future development of Rockland and was adopted in 2014, and the Bourget Official Plan which directs the future development of the village of Bourget and was also adopted in 2014.
Official Plan Amendment
Any development proposal in the City of Clarence-Rockland must conform to the Official Plan of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, as well as the Official Plan of the Urban Area of the City of Clarence-Rockland or the Bourget Official Plan, where applicable. If the proposal does not meet the requirements set out in the Official Plan, a property owner may have to apply for an Official Plan Amendment. Any changes to the official plans of the City of Clarence-Rockland must also conform to the Official Plan of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell and to Provincial Policy Statements.
Applications for amendments to the Official Plan of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell must be submitted to the United Counties’ Planning and Forestry Department.
A Zoning By-law regulates the permitted uses of a particular parcel of land as well as lot sizes, parking and landscaping requirements, lot coverage, and building heights and setbacks. The Zoning By-law is used by the Infrastructure and Planning Department to review development applications. The current Zoning By-law of the City of Clarence-Rockland is By-law 2016-10.
Zoning By-law Amendment
Any development proposal in the City of Clarence-Rockland must conform to the City’s Zoning By-law. If the proposal does not meet the requirements set out in the Zoning By-law, a property owner may have to apply for a Zoning By-law Amendment. Any changes to our Zoning By-law must also conform to the applicable municipal official plan(s).
A minor variance is a small variation from the requirements of the zoning by-law. A minor variance may allow property owners to use their land in a way that does not comply exactly with the requirements of the Zoning By-law. It is often necessitated by circumstances peculiar to the property that prevent the owner from developing it in a way that conforms to the by-law's provisions.
Site Plan Control
Site Plan Control Approval is a means by which the City has the authority to influence and approve the layouts of certain types of development. It is concerned with such aspects as building location, drainage, parking, access to the site, and landscaping. The Site Plan Control process is regulated by the Ontario Planning Act. In order to undertake any development that is subject to Site Plan Control, an application must be submitted to the City and usually requires the submission of engineering drawings and studies. Once the plans are approved, a site plan agreement is generally executed. This agreement contractually binds the owner to develop and maintain a site in accordance with the approved plans and the terms of the agreement.
Consent / Severance
A consent or severance is the authorized separation of a piece of land to form a new lot or a new parcel of land. Lot mergers, lot additions, and the creation of new easements also require a consent application. This regulation ensures controlled land development in compliance with the Official Plan and Zoning By-law.
Part-Lot Control Approval
Part-Lot Control is a provision that regulates the sale or transfer of a part of a lot within a registered plan of subdivision. Municipalities use part lot control to prevent the possible uncontrolled division of lots within a plan of subdivision after the plan has been registered. A property owner may apply for Part-Lot Control Exemption in order to legally divide his or her lot, or lots, within a registered plan of subdivision. The proposed lot division must not require new roads or municipal services.
Plans of Subdivision / Plans of Condominiums
The Plan of Subdivision approval process is determined by the Planning Act. This process allows land to be divided in a comprehensive manner, often requiring the creation of public streets, multiple lots, and the need for extensive infrastructure.
A plan of Condominium is a method of dividing property so that an individual holds title to a portion of a building, or a "unit", as well as a share of the rest of the property that is common to all the individual unit owners. A Condominium can apply to residential, commercial or industrial properties.
All Plans of Subdivision and Plans of Condominium within the City of Clarence-Rockland are subject to approval by Municipal Council. Subdivision approval ensures that the proposal conforms to the Official Plan and Zoning By-laws as well as provincial legislation and policies.