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Plan of Subdivision (s. 51)

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An illustration of a plan of subdivision showing varying lot sizes and shapes for a mix of uses and housing types, street and lot orientation to maximize passive solar energy, pedestrian and bicycle pathways and public transit rights of way, and an interconnected street network.


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Description of Tool

  • Process of multiple lot creation
  • Optional tool
  • Approval authorities may assess subdivision design and layout having regard to matters such as street connectivity to support transit, cycling and walking, the conservation of natural resources, and the size, shape and orientation of lots to facilitate a range of housing and the efficient use and conservation of energy


  • Timeline: once the complete application is received, the approval authority has 180 days to make a decision

Potential Benefits

  • Can play a central role in creating compact, integrated neighbourhoods
  • Can encourage a variety of housing choices by planning for different lot sizes
  • Can promote the supply, efficient use and conservation of energy through the design and orientation of streets and lots
  • May reduce auto dependency through improved connectivity, walkability and multimodal transportation options
  • Can promote the creation of parks, greenspace and conservation of natural resources

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This sheet deals in summarized and conceptualized fashion with complex matters that reflect legislation, policies and practices that are subject to change. All illustrations represent hypothetical scenarios of the application of various tools. For these reasons, this fact sheet should not be relied upon as a substitute for the relevant legislation, regulations and policy documents, or for specialized legal or professional advice when making land-use planning decisions.

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