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Planning and Development


The Planning and Development Department is responsible for formulating policies and regulations as they relate to land use in the Township of Tiny and all land use planning functions, including the maintenance and upkeep of the Township's Official Plan and Comprehensive Zoning By-law. The Department processes all planning applications as it relates to the development of properties in the Township and also provides general information to the public in response to telephone, counter and written inquiries.


Citizens' Guides to Land-use Planning

Land use planning affects almost every aspect of life in Ontario. It helps decide where in our communities homes and factories should be built, where parks and schools should be located, and where roads, sewers and other essential services should be provided.

Land use planning means managing our land and resources. It helps each community to set goals about how it will grow and develop and to work out ways of reaching those goals while keeping important social, economic and environmental concerns in mind. It balances the interests of individual property owners with the wider interests and objectives of the whole community.

Good planning leads to orderly growth and the efficient provision of services. It touches all of us and helps us to have the kind of community we want.

But often we don't see how it affects our lives and property each day. And it often seems confusing. A series of Citizens' Guides have been prepared to help you understand how the land use planning process works in Ontario. They are intended to give general information only and are not an interpretation of the Planning Act or any other act. You should refer to the legislation for specific requirements and procedures, which can be found on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing's (MMAH) website.

Citizens' Guide to Land Use Planning (MMAH)

Planning Act

Consent to Sever

Consent to Sever Application

Consent is a term used to describe the municipal approval process required to subdivide land without the need for a plan of subdivision. Generally, the creation of three new lots or less from any one parcel of land is done through a consent application. Consent applications considered through the Committee of Adjustment can deal with new lot creation, easements, lot additions, transfers, leases, charges and/or corrections of title.

Consents are reviewed and decided upon by the Committee of Adjustment, a Committee appointed by Council for this purpose. An application may be approved, approved with conditions, or denied. Ultimately, all decisions are at the discretion of the Committee. Each consent is considered on a site-by-site basis, and every application is unique. The application and approval process for a straightforward consent application typically takes two to three months. This process includes a 20-day appeal period, which begins after notice of a Committee's decision has been given. Like other Planning Act applications, consent decisions can be appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. If an application is approved, the applicant has one year to fulfill any conditions imposed by the Committee.


Major Planning Applications

​The Township of Tiny Planning & Development Department receives a large number of Planning Applications under the Planning Act in any given year. However, some draw significant interest from the public due to the nature of development. In order to make the information in these Planning Applications more accessible to the public, we have created this webpage. If there is a Planning Application that you are interested in reviewing that is not in the list below, please contact the Planning & Development Department at (705) 526-4204.

 

Application: Zoning By-law Amendment
Owner: 1820888 Ontario Inc. (Mr. Kelly Hindson)
Legal Description: Part of Lot 2, Concession 16
Municipal Adress: 570 Champlain Road

 

Application: Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment
Owner: Dufferin Aggregates (Formerly: K.J. Beamish Construction Limited)
Legal Description: North Part of Lot 80, Concession 1 Old Survey
Municipal Address: 2 Darby Road


Minor Variance

Minor Variance Application

A minor variance is a tool that can be used by landowners when the requirements of the Zoning By-law cannot be met for one reason or another. These reasons are an important part of what staff and the Committee of Adjustment think about when reviewing an application. Minor variances are reviewed and decided upon by the Committee of Adjustment, a Committee appointed by Council for this purpose. An application may be approved, approved with conditions, or denied. Ultimately, all decisions are at the discretion of the Committee.

The Committee of Adjustment considers the merits of an application based on four tests:

  1. That the variance conforms to the Township Official Plan;
  2. That the variance conforms to the general intent and purpose of the Township Zoning By-law;
  3. That the variance is desirable for the appropriate development and use of the land; and
  4. That the variance is minor in nature.

Each minor variance is considered on a site-by-site basis, and every application is unique. The process for a simple minor variance application typically takes two to three months. This process includes a 20-day appeal period, which begins after the decision of the Committee has been made. Like other Planning Act applications, minor variance decisions can be appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board.

Frequently Asked Questions

When planning to develop a lot, many questions can arise. Below are various fact sheets for some frequently asked questions. Although these fact sheets are a great place to start, we recommend that you contact the Planning Department for further information on a particular piece of land.

 

Building on a Vacant Lot

 

Home Industries

 

Second Suites

 

Shoreline Ownership

 

Official Plan

An Official Plan is a planning policy document that establishes goals, objectives, land use designations and land use policies for these designations to manage and direct development and land uses throughout the Township.  Official Plans outline what is generally permitted within the land use designations and includes associated policies.  Plans are generally viewed as “living documents” subject to amendment over time. Official Plans are reviewed on a regular basis.

Official Plans provide an effective means by which to inform the public of how their land can be used and what the municipality has deemed to be most appropriate in terms of land use designation.  Official Plans are used as a tool to ensure appropriate uses of land are promoted in the Township based on the principles of good planning, and Provincial, County and Township policies. The Plan also helps to guide in the effective provision of infrastructure, and establishes a set of local regulations and standards to guide site specific development.

Official Plan Text
Official Plan Schedule A - Land Use
Official Plan Schedule B - Natural Features
Official Plan Schedule C - Transportation

Official Plan Amendments

A site-specific amendment to an Official Plan policy, or map amendment, requires Council's approval. The Official Plan amendment process can take one year from application to final approval by the County of Simcoe. In considering an application for an Official Plan amendment, staff assess the conformity of the proposal to the Provincial Policy Statement, Growth Plan, the County of Simcoe Official Plan and any other applicable planning policies as well as the appropriateness of the development. The Planning Act sets out the legislative requirements, including a public consultation process, which must be met prior to the passing of an Official Plan amendment. 

A basic application fee is required to cover normal costs incurred in processing an Official Plan amendment application. For further information on fees, the process or the application form, please contact the Planning Department.  You can also speed up the process by downloading the amendment form below, titled "Official Plan Amendment Application".

Official Plan Amendment Application


Official Plan Review and Update

The Township of Tiny is working with MHBC Planning Limited to complete an Official Plan Review and Update. For more information, please visit our Official Plan Review and Update webpage.

Policies and Procedures

Development Security Deposit Policy

The purpose of the Development Security Deposit Policy is to establish requirements for the level of securities required for development within the Township of Tiny.


Telecommunication Facility Policy

On February 29th, 2016, Council approved a new Policy for establishing telecommunication facilities. The Policy requires additional levels of public consultation for the installation of telecommunication facilities, over and above those set out in the Industry Canada standards. The purpose of the Policy is to provide a consistent process to be followed by proponents and the Township when reviewing and commenting on telecommunication facility installation proposals and to provide an opportunity for meaningful public consultation prior to the approval of these types of proposals.


Zoning By-law

The Restricted (Area) Zoning By-law sets out the land uses permitted throughout the municipality by establishing zone categories on site specific properties. It also regulates such matters as building location (setbacks), lot coverage, building height, and parking. All development proposals must comply with the Zoning By-law requirements. As a result, you should discuss your proposal with the Planning Department as soon as possible to either ensure that the proposal complies with the By-law or determine an appropriate course of action to address the deficiency early in the process.

Zoning By-law Text
Zoning By-law Schedules A and B
Zoning By-law Schedule C

Zoning By-law Amendments

Occasionally, development proposals do not comply with either the permitted uses or the locational criteria of the Zoning By-law. Significant deviations from the Zoning By-law will require an Zoning By-law amendment. The Zoning By-law amendment process can take three to six months from application to final approval. In considering an application for a Zoning By-law amendment, staff assess the conformity of the proposal to the Provincial Policy Statement, Growth Plan, the Regional and local Official Plans and any other applicable planning policies as well as the appropriateness of the development. The Planning Act sets out the legislative requirements, including a public consultation process, which must be met prior to the passing of a Zoning By-law Amendment. 

A basic application fee is required to cover normal costs incurred in processing a Zoning By-law amendment application. For further information on fees, the process or the application form, please contact the Planning Department.  You can also speed up the process by downloading the amendment form below, titled "Zoning By-law Amendment Application".

Zoning By-law Amendment Application


Contacts

Shawn Persaud, Director of Planning and Development

130 Balm Beach Road West
Tiny, Ontario, L0L 2J0
Phone: 705-526-4204 ext 240
Fax: 705-526-2372
Toll Free:  1-866-939-TINY (8469)
Email: spersaud@tiny.ca

Sandra Mattson, Planner

130 Balm beach Road West
Tiny, Ontario, L0L 2J0
Phone: 705-526-4204 ext 239
Fax: 705-526-2372
Toll Free:  1-866-939-TINY (8469)
Email: smattson@tiny.ca

Kristie Czovek, Planning Administrative Assistant

130 Balm Beach Road West
Tiny, Ontario, L0L 2J0
Phone: 705-526-4204 ext 258
Fax: 705-526-2372
Toll Free:  1-866-939-TINY (8469)
Email: kczovek@tiny.ca