Development Pause using an Interim Control By-law (ICBL)

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Aerial View of Collingwood. Photo credit: Al Sposato

Interim Control By-law, Land Use Planning Policy Study Engagement Sessions - We Want to Hear from You!

The Town hosted two consultation sessions with the general public and development community to provide the opportunity for feedback on servicing capacity allocation solutions. Based on a best practices review, tools were shared that the municipality can utilize to provide a fair and predictable process for servicing capacity allocation that clarifies how a finite resource can be managed in the best way for our community. A preliminary Water and Wastewater Allocation Policy along with zoning and official plan changes were presented for comment

Interim Control By-law, Land Use Planning Policy Study Engagement Sessions - We Want to Hear from You!

The Town hosted two consultation sessions with the general public and development community to provide the opportunity for feedback on servicing capacity allocation solutions. Based on a best practices review, tools were shared that the municipality can utilize to provide a fair and predictable process for servicing capacity allocation that clarifies how a finite resource can be managed in the best way for our community. A preliminary Water and Wastewater Allocation Policy along with zoning and official plan changes were presented for comment and feedback.

Two Virtual Presentations - Hosted through Zoom, were conducted on November 23, 2021:

Meridian Planning Consultants presented the preliminary Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy framework followed by a professionally facilitated Question-and-Answer period. Please review: Staff Report P2021-35 with a best practices review and the recommended tools for a Servicing Capacity Allocation Framework.

Were you unable to attend a session? You may provide comments and ask questions using the Questions and Comments Tools below or by email to planning@collingwood.ca or deliver comments to Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street.

Written comments will be accepted until December 3, 2021.



UPDATE re: ICBL Exemption Requests

During the regular meeting of Council held July 19, 2021, 36 Interim Control By-law (ICBL) exemptions were granted to allow construction of 316 Single Dwelling Equivalent Units, using some of the remaining water capacity in Collingwood.

To view the full list of exemptions view Appendix C of Staff Report: CAO2021-10 Interim Control By-law No. 2021-024 – Evaluation of Exemption Requests

Next Steps:

  • For those developments and individuals who have been granted exemptions from the ICBL, your application can continue through the Planning process and building permits may be issued. Please contact the Planning Department should you have any questions.

  • For those developments and individuals who have not been granted exemptions from the ICBL, your planning application will continue to be processed and reviewed, however planning decisions from Council will not be made unless a future exemption is granted or until the completion of ICBL or the completion of the Planning Study. Please contact the Planning Department should you have any questions. No further exemptions for residential developments are being contemplated at this time. Please contact the Planning Department should you have any questions.



ICBL Exemption Requests

Staff Report CAO2021-10 is now available and will be considered at the SIC Meeting of July 5, 2021 at 2:00pm. This report provides an overview of the exemption requests received, the process undertaken when evaluating the requests and the recommended exemptions for the Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee and Council to consider. Details to how to watch and participate in the meeting are available on our website at https://collingwood.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=777.


***NEW*** Now Accepting ICBL Exemption Requests - Exemption Application process now closed

At the Special Council meeting held June 3, 2021 Collingwood Town Council approved Staff Report CAO2021-07 Interim Control By-law No. 2021-024 - Exemptions and Procedure for Receipt and Evaluation of Exemption Requests.

Who should apply for an exemption:

Anyone that is planning to develop or construct a building in the Town of Collingwood before April 2022 who has not yet received a building permit and is changing the use of a property or requires water services supplied by the Town should submit an Exemption Request Form. This includes, but is not limited to, the following types of construction:

• Construction of individual homes, including individual infill lots

• New accessory apartments within a home

• New subdivisions, or sections of subdivisions waiting to be built

• Commercial development, including the addition of units within a commercial development not yet built

• Industrial development, including the addition of units within a commercial development not yet built

If you are not sure if you need to apply for an exemption, please email building@collingwood.ca or call 705-445-1030 ext. 3243. If you have any questions or concerns when completing the request form, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Clerk Services at clerk@collingwood.ca

The steps of this process are as follows:

  1. Applicant fills out the prescribed Exemption form available on Engage.Collingwood.ca and submits the form to the Town Clerk;
  2. Requests are received by Council and referred to the CAO for review by senior management and the Town solicitor; and
  3. Requests which are deemed to be eligible for possible ICBL exemptions are identified and, where applicable, performance conditions (such as the use of the water by a set date) or other terms are recommended in a staff report prepared for Council’s consideration.
  4. All request forms are to be submitted to clerk@collingwood.ca by no later than June 18, 2021, to be considered by the Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee on July 5, 2021, and Council on July 19, 2021.

At the Council meeting held April 26, 2021 Collingwood Town Council approved Staff Report P2021-12 Interim Control By-law & Land Use Planning Policy Study and associated Interim Control Bylaw (ICBL) BL2021-024, applicable to all lands within the Town of Collingwood.

Why was this Recommended?

Collingwood has a significant water capacity issue, while facing significant development growth. An Environmental Assessment has been completed for the expansion of the Water Treatment Plant, however the build will not be completed until 2025. By implementing the ICBL, this pause in development will enable us to determine the best ways to continue to build and support the best community possible in line with our Official Plan and Strategic Plan.

Collingwood’s ICBL generally restricts development that does not already have a building permit, however, work that does not use more water such as most residential renovations can continue. There are exemptions for construction, alteration and expansion projects such as decks, patios, fences, porches, accessory buildings or structures, temporary buildings or structures, and interior or exterior renovations to an existing building.

The Town is committed to rapidly developing a Land Use Planning Policy Study and implementing the outcomes as quickly as possible to limit negative impacts on development that represents a priority interest for the community.

What is an ICBL?

An ICBL is a tool provided by the Ontario Planning Act that effectively allows a municipality to halt development while it manages an identified issue.

Next Steps

  • The Chief Administrative Officer has been authorized to retain qualified consulting services as required including by non-standard procurement as may be deemed necessary in regard to the timely completion of the Land Use Planning Policy Study.

  • The Consultant will carry out a Land Use Planning Policy Study including, but not limited to, the consideration of: any required changes to the Town’s land use planning policies and/or regulatory framework resulting from water and wastewater servicing capacity limitations; and the implications of water and wastewater servicing constraints for growth management, servicing implementation and any other impacted policies within the Official Plan and as related to the Town’s land use planning policies and reinforcing a regulatory framework and delivering upon the Town’s Community-based Strategic Plan.

Public Engagement

  • Under the Land-Use Planning Policy Study process, there will be further opportunities for public engagement. Check back to this page for updates.

  • In addition, members of the public are welcome to provide comments and ask questions using the tools below. We will be collecting this feedback for general consideration and using it to update this page as appropriate.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Council has provided direction to staff to specifically pursue insight from the development community that may expedite resolutions of identified planning


    issues caused by the water capacity challenges and potential exemptions to allow projects that are important to the community to continue. Check back to this page for updates.

  • Council gave direction to staff to engage the engineering community to provide any expertise that might identify possible opportunities for capacity release in the near term. Check back to this page for updates.

How is the Water Treatment Plant Expansion being paid for?

The Water Treatment Plant (WTP) is included in the Development Charges Background Study. The cost that has been included in the study is just over $50 Million (this is subject to change once the tender has closed). The funding for this project is 1) $41.7 Million contribution from New Tecumseth; 2) $8 Million from the Town of Collingwood's Development Charge fees; and 3) $1 Million from existing Water Reserves. At this time the Water DC Reserve Fund has a balance of $5.2 Million and the existing Water Reserve fund has a balance of $11.8 Million. Once the final costs are calculated a full financing plan will be developed, that may include a combination of the above Reserve Funds, internal borrowing and external debentures.

After reading the Staff Reports (under 'Important links' at right side of this page) and Commonly Asked Questions (top right corner of this page), if you have further questions, please ask them here.

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    Will the Economic Development Criteria of “mainstreet as a focal point of activity and commerce” not undermine the goal of creating 15 or 20 minute walkable neighbourhoods? It will continue to encourage car use from already built subdivisions. Some economic activity, such as convenience stores in or near already built subdivisions may be appropriate. This new allocation criteria will add another layer of restriction. The current New Official plan update will need to address zoning as well but, the two should work together to achieve walkable neighbourhoods.

    Lhood275 asked 6 days ago

    Supporting complete and healthy communities is a primary goal of good planning policy and regulatory frameworks.  Having vibrant mainstreets and downtowns is not mutually exclusive from planning for walkable neighbourhoods.  Mixed residential and commercial uses in neighbourhood areas allow people to live near the amenities and jobs that they access every day.  Planning for convenience commercial, small-scale institutional uses, and other compatible non-residential uses in new neighbourhoods also contributes to complete and healthy communities, where active transportation can be prioritized.  One of the criteria being proposed in the recommended servicing capacity allocation framework is “Development includes a mix of land uses, especially those that provide for live-work arrangements”.  Should you have additional thoughts or other suggestions for revised criteria to assist in creating new neighbourhoods that reduce reliance on vehicles, we welcome those ideas.  One that has already been requested is a specific criterion relating to the provision of active transportation infrastructure.

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    Why does the proposed point system for water capacity allocation put “an orderly and sequential expansion of the community outward from the existing built-up area” in the same category as “efficient land use”? These two seem unrelated, and arguably at odds with each other. There is nothing efficient about expanding the boundary of the built up area - it means fewer people on more land, more town infrastructure with less tax revenue, more energy and pollution per capita. For the sake of clarity, the expansion of the boundary of the town’s built-up area should be assigned to its own category. Further, as an option that has almost actively works against the interests of the corporation of the Town of Collingwood and its existing residents, should it not also be assigned a negative score?

    Nick Clayton asked 10 days ago

    Thank you, the Town appreciates feedback on the proposed Allocation Policy and merit-based points system.

    The Town must plan for efficient land use in both the Built-up Area and Designated Greenfield Areas in the community. Not all current and forecasted growth can be contained within the Built-up Area, which has been defined by the Province with a fixed line to represent lands that were developed in 2006 by the original Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (Places to Grow).  Designated Greenfield Areas play an important role in planning for growth in our community, and the merit-based criteria encourage development outward from the existing Built-up Area in an orderly and sequential manner.  This encourages efficient use of infrastructure, an effective transit system, better opportunities for active transportation and walkability, and avoids ‘leap-frogging’ to parcels that are less connected to existing development in our community.

    Town staff and consulting team are reviewing the wording and scoring of the merit-based criteria, and will consider these comments in the preparation of the revised allocation products.

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    Want to join the conference call

    Harjinder S Kang asked 11 days ago

    Land Use Planning Policy Study Engagement Session (Developers)

    Development Pause using an Interim Control By-law (ICBL) is currently at this stage

    Development Community Engagement Session from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    URL to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88167251911?pwd=OTRUT0tFekxxYldXRTREa1VnL1pZdz09(External link)

    Or by phone: 17789072071,,88167251911# Canada

    Webinar ID: 881 6725 1911      

    Passcode: 92837


    Land Use Planning Policy Study Engagement Session (Public)

    this is an upcoming stage for Development Pause using an Interim Control By-law (ICBL)

    General Public from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  

    URL to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89623788561?pwd=ZVVxTlNld2h4Q0JXdkViTzNQMDMzQT09(External link)

    Or by phone: 16473744685,,89623788561# Canada

    Webinar ID: 896 2378 8561      

    Passcode: 4225

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    Does this moratorium include the building of a coach house ? The garage / coach house does not currently have water hook up?

    Shar asked 2 months ago

    Building permits for new secondary or accessory residential units are not available under the Interim Control By-law (ICBL) unless an exemption has been granted by Council.  The ICBL applies to all lands within the boundaries of the Town of Collingwood regardless of the availability of municipal water services.  During the regular meeting of Council held July 19, 2021, 36 ICBL exemptions were granted to allow construction of 316 Single Dwelling Equivalent Units  (Staff Report: CAO2021-10 Interim Control By-law No. 2021-024 – Evaluation of Exemption Requests ).  At this time, no further exemptions are contemplated for residential development.  However, projects that do not involve the construction of new units including demolition/rebuild, repair, restoration etc. of existing buildings or structures for the same use could possibly move forward.  For more information please contact the Planning Department  Email: planning@collingwood.ca

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    Are plans to expand wastewater service to East Collingwood in postal code L9Y0X...

    Otonut asked 3 months ago

    At this time, there is no plan to extend sanitary services to the east side of Collingwood.  This was reviewed in the Master Servicing Plan (2020) which considered options and cost.  Due to the flat topography and bedrock geology, sanitary servicing will be costly, so it is something the municipality needs to consider and plan with the benefitting residents.  

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    Has Royal Windsor received a building exemption

    sherry asked 5 months ago

    During the regular meeting of Council held July 19, 2021, 36 Interim Control By-law (ICBL) exemptions were granted to allow construction of 316 Single Dwelling Equivalent Units, using some of the remaining water capacity in Collingwood.

    Plan 51M-1049, Block 2 Kimberly Lane & Harbour Street, Collingwood - Balmoral Village, Block 2: "The Royal Windsor" was approved for exemption.

    To view the full list of exemptions view Appendix C of Staff Report: CAO2021-10 Interim Control By-law No. 2021-024 – Evaluation of Exemption Requests


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    At the July 5 meeting did council approve any of the exemption requests? Specifically did wyldewood creek on vacation inn drive receive an exception?

    EJ asked 5 months ago

    During the regular meeting of Council held July 19, 2021, 36 Interim Control By-law (ICBL) exemptions were granted to allow construction of 316 Single Dwelling Equivalent Units, using some of the remaining water capacity in Collingwood.

    Wyldewood Creek was not approved for exemption from the ICBL. To view the full list of approved exemptions view Appendix C of Staff Report: CAO2021-10 Interim Control By-law No. 2021-024 – Evaluation of Exemption Requests.

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    I assume that imposition of the ICBL would generate a significant load on staff resources; for example dealing with various requests for exemptions, etc. Then, down the road, if exemptions are denied, one could see developers suing the Town. My question: will the Town set up a publicly accessible account (like with the J I) where we can see (1) the amount of staff time and resources devoted to this issue, and (2) detailed hours and billing rates for Town's legal counsel responding to ICBL issues?

    John Megarry asked 6 months ago

    We are tracking the external costs related to the Development Pause, including any legal counsel. This information can be made available from time to time by request to the Treasurer, Monica Quinlan, mquinlan@collingwood.ca.

    We are not able to track staff time spent specifically on the development pause as the majority of the work taking place would have taken place regardless of the ICBL, as much of the work is part of our normal operational plans.

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    Could you please clarify, in simple words - were the exemptions from the ICBL, recommended at the meeting on May 31 accepted by the town? Are the developers still waiting for any recommendations from the town or they are allowed to continue the construction process as before April 26, 2021? The term - "recommended" in the report you mentioned below t is not clear. Thank you!

    Anna asked 6 months ago

    Yes, Staff Report CAO2021-07 Interim Control By-law No. 2021-024 - Exemptions and Procedure for Receipt and Evaluation of Exemption Requests(External link) was approved at the Special Meeting of Council held June 3, including the recommended exemptions. 

    The exempted lots are outlined in By-law 2021-037. Any property listed in the exemptions to the ICBL By-law can now proceed in the planning process. 

    To view the status / stage of planning process for each development please visit: https://www.collingwood.ca/building-business/land-use-planning-services/proposed-developments 


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    Just a quick question re: CAO2021-07 Interim Control By-law No. 2021-024 - Exemptions and Procedure for Receipt and Evaluation of Exemption Requests(External link) - since it was approved on the May 31st meeting, the development for those units will continue right away? Please confirm.

    Olga asked 6 months ago

    A Special meeting of Council was held June 3rd, during which Staff Report CAO2021-07 Interim Control By-law No. 2021-024 - Exemptions and Procedure for Receipt and Evaluation of Exemption Requests was approved.

    With the approval of the Procedure for Receipt and Evaluation of Exemption Requests for water use during the Land Use Policy study, Developers and individual property owners affected by the ICBL, can now apply to be considered for exemption, which if approved by Council per the process outlined below, will allow them to apply for their building permit(s).

    The steps of this process are as follows:

    1. Applicant fills out the prescribed Exemption form available on Engage.Collingwood.ca and submits the form to the Town Clerk;
    2. Requests are received by Council and referred to the CAO for review by senior management and the Town solicitor; and
    3. Requests which are deemed to be eligible for possible ICBL exemptions are identified and, where applicable, performance conditions (such as the use of the water by a set date) or other terms are recommended in a staff report prepared for Council’s consideration.
    4. All request forms are to be submitted to clerk@collingwood.ca by no later than June 18, 2021, to be considered by the Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee on July 5, 2021, and Council on July 19, 2021.  
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