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Email this pageEffect of Exemption from the Planning Act on Renewable Energy Projects

The exemption from the Planning Act means that the local planning instruments identified below do not apply to or affect renewable energy projects:

  • Official Plans
  • Demolition Control By-laws
  • By-laws or Orders passed under Part V of the Planning Act, including zoning, site plan, holding and interim control by-laws
  • Development Permit System By-laws

Site plan and other agreements existing prior to the Green Energy Act continue to apply to renewable energy projects until they are subject to a renewable energy approval under the Environmental Protection Act.

Further details of the new approvals framework for renewable energy projects, led by the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, can be found by clicking on the appropriate links.