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Site Plan Control - Implemented without Exterior Design Control (s. 41)

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Building block single sheet detailing the site plan control without exterior control planning tool

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Description of Tool

  • Technical site improvement process that builds upon zoning
  • Optional tool, requires official plan (OP) policies and a site plan by-law for set-up
  • Allows for limited conditions related to site design matters (including agreements which may be registered on title)


  • To use this tool, a site plan control area must be shown or described in an approved official plan
  • A site plan control by-law must be passed by the municipality designating all or any part of the area shown in the official plan as a site plan control area
  • Timeline: when the application is received, the approval authority has 30 days to make a decision

Potential Benefits

  • Can help implement municipal urban design objectives
  • Can promote sustainability through native species planting and permeable paving materials
  • Can require energy efficient outdoor lighting to improve safety

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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.

ISBN 978-1-4435-1177-3 (PDF)
ISBN 978-1-4435-1176-6 (HTML)