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Site Plan Control

What is Site Plan Control?

Site plan control is a form of development control provided to municipalities by Ontario's Planning Act. No one can undertake any development which is subject to site plan control unless the City has reviewed and approved certain plans. Once the plans are approved, a site plan agreement is generally executed. This agreement contractually binds the owner to develop and maintain a site in accordance with the approved plans and the terms of the agreement.

Building permits are not generally issued until site plan control requirements are addressed.

What is the purpose of Site Plan Control?

The Site Plan Control process allows City staff to review and approve the following:

  • Building siting and site design,
  • Building massing,
  • The relationship of the proposal to surrounding land uses,
  • Driveways, curbing and traffic direction signs,
  • Loading and parking facilities,
  • Emergency vehicle routes,
  • All pedestrian accesses, such as walkways and ramps, and their proposed surfacing,
  • Landscaping for the site and for the protection of adjoining lands,
  • Refuse and other waste material storage and collection areas,
  • Grading and servicing, and
  • Need for City and Regional road widenings.
  • Exterior design of buildings, including character, scale, and appearance.
  • Sustainable design elements within the adjoining right-of-way such as trees, landscaping, paving, street furniture, ramps, access ability, waste and recycling containers and bicycle parking facilities.

Site Plan Control ensures that City, Regional and other agency standards and requirements are met.

Who is affected?

Site Plan Control applies to all lands in the City except the following types of development in accordance with By-law No. 137-89, as amended:

  • A residential building with two or fewer units, including any accessory buildings or structures, located outside of the Oak Ridges Moraine,
  • Farm buildings and structures, located outside of the Oak Ridges Moraine,
  • A flood or erosion control structure,
  • Mineral aggregate extraction, including wayside pits and quarries,
  • Any temporary building or structure as defined in any zoning by-law, and
  • Buildings or structures on lands owned or leased by the City of Oshawa, Region of Durham, Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the Oshawa Public Utilities Commission or any other Public Utility Corporation, Ontario Hydro, the Oshawa Harbour Commission and the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority for uses by, or on behalf of, the aforementioned levels of governments or bodies.

Site Plan Control applies to development not exempted by By-law No. 137-89, as amended, regardless of whether the proposed use complies with Zoning By-law No. 60-94.

How does a person apply for Site Plan Control?

Applications for Site Plan Approval and Site Plan Agreement or Amendment to an Existing Site Plan Agreement are available in the Development Services Department on the 8th floor of Rundle Tower, City Hall.

The basic process for receiving Site Plan Approval is as follows:

Step 1 - Pre-consultation

The applicant consults with staff of the Development Services Department, Development and Urban Design Division.

Step 2 - Submission of application

The applicant submits a completed Application for Site Plan Approval and Site Plan Agreement or Amendment to Site Plan Agreement. Supporting documentation and a fee are required. The Application only requires that the site plan drawing be submitted initially.

Step 3 - Consideration by SPARC

The Site Plan Approval Review Committee (SPARC) meets to discuss the application and suggest any changes to the site plan.

Step 4 - Preparation of detailed Site Plan drawings

Applicant obtains SPARC comments, as well as direction on the preparation of detailed site plan approval drawings and an explanation of any other supporting documentation required. Applicant returns detailed site plan approval drawings and any other supporting documentation required.

Step 5 - Agency circulation

Detailed drawings and any supporting documentation is circulated to commenting agencies and departments. Applicant obtains comments on any supporting documentation and the detailed site plan drawings.

Step 6 - Site Plan agreement

Site Plan Agreement or Amending Agreement is drafted by Development Services Department when applicant provides acceptable detailed drawings. If detailed plans are not acceptable, Step 5 is repeated until plans are acceptable to all commenting agencies and departments.

Step 7 - Execution of agreement

City staff finalizes the Site Plan Agreement and forwards to the owner for execution. Owner returns the executed Site Plan Agreement and any required fixed payments or securities to the Legal Services Branch. The City executes the Site Plan Agreement and registers it on title.

Location: Planning Services
8th Floor, Rundle Tower, City Hall
50 Centre Street South
Oshawa, Ontario, L1H 3Z7
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