Our objective is to implement the vision and associated policy framework by employing processes that allow Town staff to expedite decisions or to make recommendations to Council for decision, on land development applications, in a manner so as to support the vision and policy framework of the Town, and provide superior customer service.
We provide a customer focused Pre-Consultation Service for those persons intending to submit planning applications to the Town.
We administer the Town's Development Review Committee (Staff) that oversee the processing and approval of all Town Planning Applications.
We prepare reports to Council regarding proposed Town Official Plan and/or Zoning By-law Amendments, Plans of Subdivision, Plans of Condominium, Part Lot Control By-laws, as well as various other development planning applications that require Council's consideration and/or approval.
We make approval decisions, in accordance with Council Delegation By-laws regarding uncontested Site Plans, Consents, and Draft Approval, Revision and Extension of Subdivisions, Condominiums, and Consent applications.
We review and provide comments on a wide range of other types of development planning applications submitted to the Region of Halton, Niagara Escarpment Commission, various Provincial Ministries, and other special purpose government bodies and agencies.
We organize and hold public meetings, makes presentations, and defends Council/Town decisions before the Ontario Municipal Board, the Joint Board, and other such approval bodies.
For answers to questions please call Planning Administration at 905-873-2600 Ext. 2298
Part-lot Control prevents the division of land in a registered plan of subdivision, other than that allowed for in the approved plan of subdivision. The Planning Act permits local municipalities to pass by-laws to exempt lots or blocks within registered plans of subdivision from part-lot control, so further subdivision of individual lots or blocks can take place. These by-laws do not require the approval of the Committee of Adjustment. Examples of exemption from Part Lot Control would be a townhouse development or lots with semi-detached dwellings.
Halton Region Environmental Site-Screening Questionnaire PDF
Pre-consultations are available for those persons submitting major development applications to the Town. This service is intended to improve the likelihood of Town of Halton Hills approval as well as help expedite the efficient and speedy processing of all complete applications.
What to expect at a Pre-consultation Meeting – PDF
The Town requires Site Plan approval for all Industrial, Commercial and Institutional developments, as well as certain Residential developments such as apartments and townhouses. Site Plan will deal with the impact of the plan on surrounding land uses, the specific location of buildings, structures, services, access, parking, landscaping, etc. on a particular property. Only the owner of the lands subject to Site Plan Approval can appeal this type of application. Neighbours and agencies cannot appeal.
The Regional Municipality of Halton has retained its approval authorities for those Subdivisions that were submitted to the Region prior to January 1st, 1999. The approval authority is the Town of Halton Hills for all Draft Plans of Subdivisions submitted after that date.
The Official Plan is a land use strategy for the areas within the municipal boundaries of the Town of Halton Hills. The goal of the plan is to maintain the unique character of the Town of Halton Hills as a municipality, with the two distinct urban communities of Georgetown and Acton, surrounded by a predominantly rural area.
When a proposal is made that does not conform with the policies or land use designation of the plan, then an Official Plan Amendment is required. Town Council or the Ontario Municipal Board must approve any amendment to the Official Plan. Note: If the proposal does not conform with the existing zoning, an amendment to the Zoning By-law will also be required.
For more information on applying for a Privately-initiated Official Plan Amendment, please refer to the documents below:
Zoning By-law amendments request a land use change from that set out in the current Zoning By-law. The by-law describes the types of uses permitted on properties, what buildings can be erected and where they can be located, required parking and landscaping. For questions regarding the zoning of a property, please call 905-873-2600 Ext. 2320