Development Planning

Zoning Map

This map application displays Stouffville Zoning information.  It is for convenience purposes only. Content provided here may not be an exact and/or current reproduction of the official documents. The Comprehensive Zoning By-law, 2010-001-ZO, is intended to be referenced in its entirety. 

Development Activity Map

This interactive map shows the location of all active development applications within the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. Additional information such as development status, proposed housing types or uses, total units, or proposed Gross Floor Area can be found by selecting the Site you're interested in knowing more about.  

Stouffville Approved Planning Documents

The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Official Plan consolidation includes the Official Plan as finally approved by the Town on September 2000 and as amended by Official Plan amendments over time. These amendments have been compiled into this Office Consolidation to form a singular document.

Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2010-001-ZO was passed by Town Council on March 2, 2010 and subsequently approved by the Ontario Municipal Board by Order dated January 13, 2011. This Office Consolidation only reflects amendments that have come into force and effect as of the date of this Consolidation

Guidelines & documents

The Planning Act permits municipalities to require an applicant to consult with the municipality prior to submitting Planning Act applications. The Planning Pre-Consultation By-law was enacted in 2009 and is compulsory for the applicants to consult with Town staff in order to identify and discuss major challenges or constraints pertaining to proposed projects. The pre-consultation process provides an opportunity for Town Staff - in consultation with the applicant - to clarify the information and materials that the applicant may be required to submit with the planning application.

The following types of planning applications require Pre-consultation with the Town:

Official Plan Amendment
Zoning By-law Amendment
Draft Plan of Subdivision
Draft Plan of Condominium
Part Lot Control
Site Plan Control
Consent

Although not required, it is strongly encouraged to consult with the Town on Minor Variance applications.

To apply, complete the application and contact Development Planning.

See Schedule 'G' of the Town's General Fees and Charges By-law for fee information.

A variance is a minor change to the Zoning By-law for a specific property. The Committee of Adjustment may approve the variance if it is satisfied that the variance maintains the general intent of the Official Plan and the Zoning By-law, if the proposed development will be appropriate and if the variance is minor.

An example of a minor variance could involve a case where a homeowner wants to build a single detached dwelling 0.9 metres (3 ft) from a side lot line but the Zoning By-law requires a minimum side yard depth of 1.2 metres (4 ft). In order to construct the building 0.9 metres (3 ft) from the side lot line, the owner requires Committee of Adjustment approval.

Changes to the Zoning By-law that are beyond the limited scope of the Committee of Adjustment must be considered through the Zoning By-law amendment process.

Although not required to pre-consult, it is strongly encouraged that the applicant has preliminary discussions with Town's Planning staff.

See Schedule 'G' of the Town's General Fees and Charges By-law for fee information.

For further information please see the Minor Variance Application web page.

Land Severance, also known as Land Division or Consent, is the division of land to create new parcels of land.

Land Division may include :

  • the creation of new building lots
  • boundary readjustments
  • registration of easements on land in excess of 21 years

Generally, when more than three lots are proposed, a Plan of Subdivision application is required.

See Schedule 'G' of the Town's General Fees and Charges By-law for fee information.

For further information please see the Consent Application web page.

The development of single residential dwellings and/or accessory buildings and structures may be subject to a scoped Site Plan Approval process and letter of undertaking for properties located within the Heritage Area of the Community of Stouffville. Proposed residential development (house additions including porches, new or expansion of existing garage, new accessory buildings including sheds) greater than 21 square metres (226 square feet) in areas within the Heritage Area of the Community of Stouffville in accordance with the Site Plan Control By-law (2015-136-SI) will require a Residential Site Plan Application.

To apply contact Development Planning.

See Schedule 'G' of the Town's General Fees and Charges By-law for fee information.

In 2001 the Province of Ontario passed the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (ORMCP). All proposed development within 120m of a Key Natural Heritage Feature as identified in the ORMCP are required to submit a Site Plan Application in accordance with the Site Plan Control By-law (2015-136-SI), submit a Natural Heritage Evaluation and/or Hydrological Evaluation and enter into Site Plan Agreement to ensure that the proposed development is in conformity with the ORMCP.

To apply contact Development Planning.

See Schedule 'G' of the Town's General Fees and Charges By-law for fee information.

In accordance with the Town's Site Plan Control By-law (2015-136-SI) , all lands in the Town are subject to Site Plan Control except the exemptions listed in the By-law. 

Site plan control is a form of development control under the Planning Act that deals with the review of the detailed design of a property to ensure that City, Regional and other agency standards and requirements are met. The process allows Town staff to review and approve development details like building location, loading and parking facilities, landscaping, grading and servicing.

Development subject to site plan control cannot proceed until site plan approval is granted. Upon approval of the plans, the owner and the Town enter into a site plan agreement that contractually binds the owner to develop and maintain a site in accordance with the approved plans and the terms of the agreement.

To apply contact Development Planning.

See Schedule 'G' of the  Town's General Fees and Charges By-law for fee information. 

Zoning by-laws are a set of regulations governing land uses that implement the policies in the Official Plan​. A Zoning By-law contains specific requirements that provide a way of managing land use and future development that is legally enforceable. It also protects property owners from conflicting land uses.

If an applicant wishes to develop a property in a manner that deviates from the current zoning regulations of the Town's Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2010-001-ZO, they must apply for a Zoning By-law Amendment; also referred to as a rezoning. For example, a change of use from residential to commercial would require a Zoning By-law Amendment. Council must approve any amendment to the Zoning By-law, which is subject to an appeal process.

A Zoning By-law Amendment is required to remove the Holding Symbol (H) from affected lands. A Holding Symbol (H) is used when certain conditions of approval (e.g. servicing must be allocated by Council) must be satisfied before a building permit can be issued.

To apply contact Development Planning.

See Schedule 'G' of the Town's General Fees and Charges By-law for fee information.

An Official Plan Amendment Application is a formal request to change (amend) the Official Plan. The Whitchurch-Stouffville Official Plan is a long range land use policy document prepared under the Ontario Planning Act. It outlines Whitchurch-Stouffville's goals, objectives and policies designed to manage growth and development in the entire Municipality on a broad level.

An Official Plan Amendment may have the effect of changing a land use designation contained in the mapping, modifying the text or policy of the Official Plan, or both.

Privately initiated amendments are generally discouraged where possible. However, if an Official Plan Amendment is pursued, the applicant must provide sufficient justification as to why the amendment should proceed. Under certain circumstances planning applications may only be considered at the time of an Official Plan review.

To apply contact Development Planning.

See Schedule 'G' of the Town's General Fees and Charges By-law for fee information.

A plan of subdivision is a legal survey that divides a parcel of land into smaller lots or blocks and secures the owner's responsibilities for development through a subdivision agreement. A plan of subdivision is generally required where more than three lots, new roads or extensions to existing roads or services are proposed and blocks for various uses like schools are parks are legally created. Easements can also be created through the subdivision process.

Applications for plans of subdivision are often accompanied by other planning applications such as zoning by-law amendment applications where the development standards for the uses in the various lots or blocks are established.

To apply contact Development Planning.

See Schedule 'G' of the Town's General Fees and Charges By-law for fee information.

A condominium is a type of tenure or ownership. Typically, a condominium owner does not own the land, but rather the building or unit located on or above the land.

A draft plan of condominium is similar to a plan of subdivision in that it creates new parcels called Units. A significant difference is that condominium units are three-dimensional, and the Units may be parcels of land or air. Unit owners typically share in ownership and maintenance of "common elements" which comprise all other parts of a plan of condominium that are not privately owned.

A registered plan of condominium is a legal document that implements an approved draft plan of condominium. A registered plan of condominium shows:

the exact survey boundaries and dimensions of lots or units that have been created

the location and type of common elements

A registered plan of condominium creates new, separate parcels of land or air and can be legally used for the sale of lots or units.

There are four types of plans of condominium:

Standard Condominium
Common Element Condominium
Phased Condominium
Vacant Land Condominium

To apply contact Development Planning.

See Schedule 'G' of the Town's General Fees and Charges By-law for fee information.

Section 50 of the Planning Act grants the Town the authority to pass a By-law to exempt lands within a Plan of Subdivision from the Part Lot Control provisions in the Act. This process is used to lift Part Lot Control restrictions from lands within registered plans of subdivision to create parcels for sale. It usually is used for townhouse developments after construction has started to accurately set the boundary lines between the townhouse units.

To apply contact Development Planning.

See Schedule 'G' of the Town's General Fees and Charges By-law for fee information.

A Deeming By-law can be passed to allow two or more lots on a registered plan of subdivision to merge on title when in identical ownership. This is normally beneficial when the lots are being used as one property to allow for the construction of accessory structures.

To apply contact Development Planning.

See Schedule 'G' of the Town's General Fees and Charges By-law for fee information.

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