Interim Control Bylaw (ICBL) & Moving to a New Servicing Capacity Allocation Framework Supporting a Complete Community

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Aerial View of Collingwood. Photo credit: Al Sposato

NEW! Council approves 17 ICBL Exemptions to Permit Shovel Ready Development to Continue

Council has approved the first round of exemptions from Interim Control By-law No. 2021-024 under the Short-Term Exemption Program approved in May, further supporting shovel ready development projects to continue. During the period while the ICBL is in place, Council has expressed the desire to continue to support goals including employment, housing supply and predictability for the development industry within a complete community context.

Exemptions approved at the June 20th Council meeting include:
o 111 Napier Street
o 1 Nettleton Court
o 10 Dey Drive
o 68 Georgian Manor Drive
o 33 Glen Road
o 7704 Poplar Sideroad
o 40 Georgian Manor Drive
o 65A & 65B St. Vincent Street
o 9 Juniper Court
o 132 Bartlett Boulevard
o 9402 Beachwood Road
o Summitview Subdivision (51M-1170, Lots 42-47, 181-195, Blocks 236-254, 294 & 295)
o 2 Spruce Street
o 142 Sixth Street
o 60-62 Collins Street
o 10 Golfview Drive
o 502 Hume Street

The short-term ICBL exemption program brings the Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy (SCAP) into effect and in accordance with that document, considers exemptions for all development proposals that do not require planning approvals or are minor in nature (i.e. such as the creation of a single infill lot through consent) and for any major application that was submitted and deemed complete prior to May 17, 2022 (i.e. applications that were submitted during the first year of the development pause under the ICBL and prior to the effective date of the SCAP) up to an annual capacity allocation threshold. Major developments include plans of subdivision, vacant land condominiums and site plans and these must satisfy the required minimum 50% of available points per the SCAP criteria to be considered for an exemption, thus demonstrating that they are in line with our community’s values and help build a complete community. Projects must be imminently ‘shovel-ready’ to receive water allocation, while the ICBL is in effect.

Applicants under this intake met the deadline for application of May 27, 2022. The deadline for the Second intake of ICBL Exemption Applications is August 15, 2022. Those applications will be considered at the September 6th Strategic Initiatives meeting followed by Council on September 19, 2022.

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.
  • 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 no decision from Council will be available until the completion of ICBL.
  • Please contact the Planning Division at planning@collingwood.ca should you have any questions.

Council approves Short-Term ICBL Exemptions Process to Permit Shovel Ready Development to Continue

During their regular meeting held May 16, 2022, Council approved a short-term Interim Control By-Law (ICBL) exemption program, allowing growth and development to continue in a manner that supports a complete, sustainable and healthy community by giving major pending planning applications, minor development or changes of use that are ready for approval or that do not require planning approvals, the opportunity to move ahead.

Further, recognizing the hardships endured by small businesses during the pandemic, Council also expedited approval of several requests for exemption to the ICBL that require no or a small amount of water capacity, in an effort to bolster their economic growth.

For those with projects that are imminently ‘shovel ready’, while the ICBL is in effect, proponents are invited to submit applications through one of the two upcoming intakes of the short-term ICBL exemption program listed below or concurrently with minor planning applications.

During the period while the ICBL is in place, Council has expressed the desire to continue to support goals including employment, housing supply and predictability for the development industry within a complete community context.

The short-term ICBL exemption program brings the Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy (SCAP) into effect and, considers exemptions for all development proposals that do not require planning approvals or are minor in nature (i.e. such as the creation of a single infill lot) and for any major application that was submitted and deemed complete prior to May 17, 2022 (i.e. applications that were submitted during the first year of the development pause under the ICBL and prior to the effective date of the SCAP) up to an annual capacity allocation threshold. Major developments include plans of subdivision, vacant land condominiums and site plans and these must satisfy the required minimum 50% of available points per the SCAP criteria to be considered for an exemption.

Timelines

Exemption requests for eligible minor development types will be considered by Council during two intake periods while the ICBL remains in effect.

First Intake of ICBL Exemption Applications

Submit your application May 17 – May 27, 2022

Special Strategic Initiatives Committee consideration June 13, 2022

Council Consideration June 20, 2022

Second Intake of ICBL Exemption Applications (subject to available servicing capacity)

Submit your application No later than August 15, 2022

Strategic Initiatives Committee consideration September 6, 2022

Council Consideration September 19, 2022

Separate exemption request applications are NOT required for eligible major development types and the exemptions will be considered concurrently with the relevant planning application.

For clarification regarding whether your project is minor or major, please contact the Planning Services Division representative: nwukasch@collingwood.ca.


Servicing Capacity Update and Proposed Short-term Exemption Program - Continuation of Interim Control By-law

Staff Report CAO2022-08 Servicing Capacity Update and Proposed Short-term Exemption Program - Continuation of Interim Control By-law No. 2021-024 (ICBL) is being presented to the Development & Operations Services Standing Committee on May 9, 2022 to update Council on appeals to Zoning By-law Amendment 2022- 007, advise Council on available Servicing Capacity, and to seek endorsement of a short-term exemption program to be implemented until the appeals are withdrawn or resolved and the ICBL ceases to be in effect or December 2022, whichever is earlier.


Town received three appeals to Zoning By-law Amendment (2022-007) extending the effect of the ICBL

The deadline for appeal to Zoning By-law Amendment 2022-007, stemming from the Land Use Planning Policy Study was March 29, 2022.

The Town received the following 3 appeals:

  1. Amber Stewart Law on behalf of John Welton (John Welton Custom Homebuilding Ltd., operating as Sunvale Homes)
  2. Aird & Berlis on behalf of 2554281 Ontario Ltd (Address: 121 Hume Street) *was granted an exemption from the ICBL
  3. Aird & Berlis on behalf of Crestpoint Real Estate (Blue Mountain) Inc – Blue Mountain Centre (Address: 2 and 6 Old Mountain Road and 5, 7 and 15 Balsam Street) *was granted an exemption from the ICBL

View full media release: Town received three appeals to Zoning By-law Amendment (2022-007) extending the effect of the ICBL.


Staff Report P2022-08 Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy - Servicing Allocation Framework was APPROVED during the regular meeting of Council help March 28, 2022.

Media Release: Council Approves Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy supporting a Complete Community


Proposed Servicing Allocation Policy - Supporting a Complete Community

Following another round of consultation in February 2022 on the second draft of the Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy, Staff Report P2022-08 - Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy is being considered by the Development & Operations Services Standing Committee on March 14, 2022, and is intended to be approved by Council on March 28, 2022.

This report seeks Council adoption of the proposed Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy which was recommended by the Land Use Planning Policy Study, as one of the three products that will collectively form part of an overall servicing capacity allocation framework for the Town of Collingwood to be holistically implemented after the expiry of the Interim Control By-law No. 2021-024, as amended.

A ‘tracked-change’ version of the Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy is available to identify revisions to the second draft based on feedback received.


Staff Report P2022-05 Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment - Servicing Capacity Allocation Framework for the Town of Collingwood was APPROVED during the regular meeting of Council held February 28, 2022.

Council passed by-law No. 2022-007 on February 28, 2022. The Notice of Decision was issued on March 9, 2022.


Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment Staff Report to be considered by Council on February 28, 2022

Following a statutory public meeting for the proposed zoning by-law amendment at the January 24, 2022 meeting of Council, Staff Report P2022-05 Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment - Servicing Capacity Allocation Framework for the Town of Collingwood was approved by the Development and Operations Committee on February 14, 2022 and recommended to proceed to the February 28, 2022 meeting of Council.

This report seeks Council approval of the proposed zoning by-law amendment recommended by the Land Use Planning Policy Study as one of the three products that will collectively form part of an overall servicing capacity allocation framework for the Town of Collingwood to be holistically implemented after the expiry of the Interim Control By-law No. 2021-024, as amended.


Interim Control By-law, Land Use Planning Policy Study, Updated Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy Engagement Sessions

Appropriately planning for growth requires an alignment between land use planning and infrastructure decisions to ensure that hard services are available to support construction.

Following the passing of an Interim Control By-law (ICBL) on April 26, 2021, the Town moved quickly to address the challenge of future water capacity allocation by advancing a Land Use Planning Policy Study. The goal is to implement the recommendations in advance of the expiration of the one-year ICBL study period.

The Town hosted engagement sessions on the proposed Servicing Capacity Allocation Framework on November 23, 2021. Following substantial feedback, the framework documents were updated and Council endorsed staff report P2021-38 Next Steps for a Servicing Allocation Framework on December 20, 2021, which recommended further consultation on the Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy component of the framework. Therefore, the Town is hosting a second round of consultation sessions with the general public and development community to provide the opportunity for feedback specifically on the updated Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy.

We want to hear from you! There are multiple ways to learn more and have your voice heard.

Two Virtual Presentations - Hosted through Zoom, were conducted on February 9, 2022:

  • Session 1 –Development Community Second Round of Consultation from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

link to recorded session: https://youtu.be/AdJNlgZnRU8

  • Session 2 –General Public Second Round of Consultation from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. February 9, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

link to recorded session: https://youtu.be/Nqg9oThyucI

Slide deck from both sessions: Presentation

Meridian Planning Consultants will give a presentation on the updated Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy, followed by a professionally facilitated Question-and-Answer period.

Please note these consultation sessions are being held in addition to a statutory public meeting on January 24, 2022 for the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment component of the Servicing Capacity Allocation Framework.

Unable to attend a session? Written comments will be accepted until February 22, 2022.

Engage Collingwood – You may provide comments and ask questions by using the Questions and Comments tools below.


Interim Control By-law (ICBL) exemption requests support accessory housing and economic development - DEADLINE TO APPLY: FEBRUARY 14, 2022

The Town is now accepting ICBL exemption requests for ‘Accessory Residential Units’ in order to support affordable/attainable housing opportunities in our community. This form of housing, also known as secondary dwelling units, accessory apartments, or secondary suites, provides more rental housing options and is an important component in addressing the current housing crisis.

The Town will also continue to accept requests for ‘Changes of Use that do not require additional water capacity’ in commercial, industrial and institutional settings and where planning approvals are in place, in order to support the business community and economic development.

Exemption requests will be reviewed and advanced to Council as they arise through the Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee. Please reach out to Planning Services by email to planning@collingwood.ca and Building Services by email to: building@collingwood.ca with any questions. NEW! Deadline for exemption requests to be submitted us February 14, 2022.


2021 Building Statistics Presentation

The 2021 Building Statistics were presented at the January 17, 2022 Development & Community Services Standing Committee. The statistics illustrate that building growth continued despite the ICBL and water constraint issues.

2021 Building Statistics Presentation


Next Steps in Interim Control By-law, Land Use Planning Policy Study - Release of Second Draft

Council endorsed the recommended next steps contained within Staff Report P2021-38 Next Steps for a Servicing Allocation Framework on December 20, 2021. This will advance the Land Use Planning Policy Study and preparation of a servicing capacity allocation framework prior to the expiry of the Interim Control By-law No. 2021-024, as amended.

The next steps are:

  • Incorporate the proposed official policies into the first draft of the Town's updated Official Plan, targeted to be released in early 2022.
  • Hold a statutory public meeting of the proposed zoning by-law amendment at the January 24, 2022 meeting of Council;
  • Schedule a second round of public consultation on the revised Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy in January/February 2022 (date TBD). Please stay tuned to this page for more details on this consultation opportunity in the new year.

The presentation to Council can be viewed here.


UPDATE re: Accessory Residential Units ICBL Exemption Requests will be considered by Council.

Council passed a resolution during the December 13, 2021 meeting of Council, to continue to consider exemption requests for accessory residential dwelling units while the Interim Control By-law (ICBL) is in effect. For more information, please review Staff Report #CAO2021-15 – Interim Control By-law Exemption Requests – Commercial Projects with No Additional Water Capacity and Accessory Residential Units, which also granted five additional ICBL exemptions for various projects.

In the final report from the Town of Collingwood Affordable Housing Task Force, the importance of accessory residential units (also known as secondary dwelling units, accessory apartments, secondary suites, etc.) was emphasized as one of the pillars necessary to address the housing crisis. Land use planning legislation and policy at all levels of government also recognize the need for accessory residential units and supports streamlining approvals and/or permits necessary to establish these uses.

Exemption applications for accessory residential dwelling units will continue to be reviewed and advanced to Council for a decision as they arise.

If you would like to pursue an accessory residential dwelling unit on your property, please speak with Planning and Building Department staff.


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.

NEW! Council approves 17 ICBL Exemptions to Permit Shovel Ready Development to Continue

Council has approved the first round of exemptions from Interim Control By-law No. 2021-024 under the Short-Term Exemption Program approved in May, further supporting shovel ready development projects to continue. During the period while the ICBL is in place, Council has expressed the desire to continue to support goals including employment, housing supply and predictability for the development industry within a complete community context.

Exemptions approved at the June 20th Council meeting include:
o 111 Napier Street
o 1 Nettleton Court
o 10 Dey Drive
o 68 Georgian Manor Drive
o 33 Glen Road
o 7704 Poplar Sideroad
o 40 Georgian Manor Drive
o 65A & 65B St. Vincent Street
o 9 Juniper Court
o 132 Bartlett Boulevard
o 9402 Beachwood Road
o Summitview Subdivision (51M-1170, Lots 42-47, 181-195, Blocks 236-254, 294 & 295)
o 2 Spruce Street
o 142 Sixth Street
o 60-62 Collins Street
o 10 Golfview Drive
o 502 Hume Street

The short-term ICBL exemption program brings the Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy (SCAP) into effect and in accordance with that document, considers exemptions for all development proposals that do not require planning approvals or are minor in nature (i.e. such as the creation of a single infill lot through consent) and for any major application that was submitted and deemed complete prior to May 17, 2022 (i.e. applications that were submitted during the first year of the development pause under the ICBL and prior to the effective date of the SCAP) up to an annual capacity allocation threshold. Major developments include plans of subdivision, vacant land condominiums and site plans and these must satisfy the required minimum 50% of available points per the SCAP criteria to be considered for an exemption, thus demonstrating that they are in line with our community’s values and help build a complete community. Projects must be imminently ‘shovel-ready’ to receive water allocation, while the ICBL is in effect.

Applicants under this intake met the deadline for application of May 27, 2022. The deadline for the Second intake of ICBL Exemption Applications is August 15, 2022. Those applications will be considered at the September 6th Strategic Initiatives meeting followed by Council on September 19, 2022.

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.
  • 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 no decision from Council will be available until the completion of ICBL.
  • Please contact the Planning Division at planning@collingwood.ca should you have any questions.

Council approves Short-Term ICBL Exemptions Process to Permit Shovel Ready Development to Continue

During their regular meeting held May 16, 2022, Council approved a short-term Interim Control By-Law (ICBL) exemption program, allowing growth and development to continue in a manner that supports a complete, sustainable and healthy community by giving major pending planning applications, minor development or changes of use that are ready for approval or that do not require planning approvals, the opportunity to move ahead.

Further, recognizing the hardships endured by small businesses during the pandemic, Council also expedited approval of several requests for exemption to the ICBL that require no or a small amount of water capacity, in an effort to bolster their economic growth.

For those with projects that are imminently ‘shovel ready’, while the ICBL is in effect, proponents are invited to submit applications through one of the two upcoming intakes of the short-term ICBL exemption program listed below or concurrently with minor planning applications.

During the period while the ICBL is in place, Council has expressed the desire to continue to support goals including employment, housing supply and predictability for the development industry within a complete community context.

The short-term ICBL exemption program brings the Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy (SCAP) into effect and, considers exemptions for all development proposals that do not require planning approvals or are minor in nature (i.e. such as the creation of a single infill lot) and for any major application that was submitted and deemed complete prior to May 17, 2022 (i.e. applications that were submitted during the first year of the development pause under the ICBL and prior to the effective date of the SCAP) up to an annual capacity allocation threshold. Major developments include plans of subdivision, vacant land condominiums and site plans and these must satisfy the required minimum 50% of available points per the SCAP criteria to be considered for an exemption.

Timelines

Exemption requests for eligible minor development types will be considered by Council during two intake periods while the ICBL remains in effect.

First Intake of ICBL Exemption Applications

Submit your application May 17 – May 27, 2022

Special Strategic Initiatives Committee consideration June 13, 2022

Council Consideration June 20, 2022

Second Intake of ICBL Exemption Applications (subject to available servicing capacity)

Submit your application No later than August 15, 2022

Strategic Initiatives Committee consideration September 6, 2022

Council Consideration September 19, 2022

Separate exemption request applications are NOT required for eligible major development types and the exemptions will be considered concurrently with the relevant planning application.

For clarification regarding whether your project is minor or major, please contact the Planning Services Division representative: nwukasch@collingwood.ca.


Servicing Capacity Update and Proposed Short-term Exemption Program - Continuation of Interim Control By-law

Staff Report CAO2022-08 Servicing Capacity Update and Proposed Short-term Exemption Program - Continuation of Interim Control By-law No. 2021-024 (ICBL) is being presented to the Development & Operations Services Standing Committee on May 9, 2022 to update Council on appeals to Zoning By-law Amendment 2022- 007, advise Council on available Servicing Capacity, and to seek endorsement of a short-term exemption program to be implemented until the appeals are withdrawn or resolved and the ICBL ceases to be in effect or December 2022, whichever is earlier.


Town received three appeals to Zoning By-law Amendment (2022-007) extending the effect of the ICBL

The deadline for appeal to Zoning By-law Amendment 2022-007, stemming from the Land Use Planning Policy Study was March 29, 2022.

The Town received the following 3 appeals:

  1. Amber Stewart Law on behalf of John Welton (John Welton Custom Homebuilding Ltd., operating as Sunvale Homes)
  2. Aird & Berlis on behalf of 2554281 Ontario Ltd (Address: 121 Hume Street) *was granted an exemption from the ICBL
  3. Aird & Berlis on behalf of Crestpoint Real Estate (Blue Mountain) Inc – Blue Mountain Centre (Address: 2 and 6 Old Mountain Road and 5, 7 and 15 Balsam Street) *was granted an exemption from the ICBL

View full media release: Town received three appeals to Zoning By-law Amendment (2022-007) extending the effect of the ICBL.


Staff Report P2022-08 Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy - Servicing Allocation Framework was APPROVED during the regular meeting of Council help March 28, 2022.

Media Release: Council Approves Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy supporting a Complete Community


Proposed Servicing Allocation Policy - Supporting a Complete Community

Following another round of consultation in February 2022 on the second draft of the Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy, Staff Report P2022-08 - Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy is being considered by the Development & Operations Services Standing Committee on March 14, 2022, and is intended to be approved by Council on March 28, 2022.

This report seeks Council adoption of the proposed Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy which was recommended by the Land Use Planning Policy Study, as one of the three products that will collectively form part of an overall servicing capacity allocation framework for the Town of Collingwood to be holistically implemented after the expiry of the Interim Control By-law No. 2021-024, as amended.

A ‘tracked-change’ version of the Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy is available to identify revisions to the second draft based on feedback received.


Staff Report P2022-05 Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment - Servicing Capacity Allocation Framework for the Town of Collingwood was APPROVED during the regular meeting of Council held February 28, 2022.

Council passed by-law No. 2022-007 on February 28, 2022. The Notice of Decision was issued on March 9, 2022.


Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment Staff Report to be considered by Council on February 28, 2022

Following a statutory public meeting for the proposed zoning by-law amendment at the January 24, 2022 meeting of Council, Staff Report P2022-05 Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment - Servicing Capacity Allocation Framework for the Town of Collingwood was approved by the Development and Operations Committee on February 14, 2022 and recommended to proceed to the February 28, 2022 meeting of Council.

This report seeks Council approval of the proposed zoning by-law amendment recommended by the Land Use Planning Policy Study as one of the three products that will collectively form part of an overall servicing capacity allocation framework for the Town of Collingwood to be holistically implemented after the expiry of the Interim Control By-law No. 2021-024, as amended.


Interim Control By-law, Land Use Planning Policy Study, Updated Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy Engagement Sessions

Appropriately planning for growth requires an alignment between land use planning and infrastructure decisions to ensure that hard services are available to support construction.

Following the passing of an Interim Control By-law (ICBL) on April 26, 2021, the Town moved quickly to address the challenge of future water capacity allocation by advancing a Land Use Planning Policy Study. The goal is to implement the recommendations in advance of the expiration of the one-year ICBL study period.

The Town hosted engagement sessions on the proposed Servicing Capacity Allocation Framework on November 23, 2021. Following substantial feedback, the framework documents were updated and Council endorsed staff report P2021-38 Next Steps for a Servicing Allocation Framework on December 20, 2021, which recommended further consultation on the Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy component of the framework. Therefore, the Town is hosting a second round of consultation sessions with the general public and development community to provide the opportunity for feedback specifically on the updated Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy.

We want to hear from you! There are multiple ways to learn more and have your voice heard.

Two Virtual Presentations - Hosted through Zoom, were conducted on February 9, 2022:

  • Session 1 –Development Community Second Round of Consultation from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

link to recorded session: https://youtu.be/AdJNlgZnRU8

  • Session 2 –General Public Second Round of Consultation from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. February 9, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

link to recorded session: https://youtu.be/Nqg9oThyucI

Slide deck from both sessions: Presentation

Meridian Planning Consultants will give a presentation on the updated Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy, followed by a professionally facilitated Question-and-Answer period.

Please note these consultation sessions are being held in addition to a statutory public meeting on January 24, 2022 for the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment component of the Servicing Capacity Allocation Framework.

Unable to attend a session? Written comments will be accepted until February 22, 2022.

Engage Collingwood – You may provide comments and ask questions by using the Questions and Comments tools below.


Interim Control By-law (ICBL) exemption requests support accessory housing and economic development - DEADLINE TO APPLY: FEBRUARY 14, 2022

The Town is now accepting ICBL exemption requests for ‘Accessory Residential Units’ in order to support affordable/attainable housing opportunities in our community. This form of housing, also known as secondary dwelling units, accessory apartments, or secondary suites, provides more rental housing options and is an important component in addressing the current housing crisis.

The Town will also continue to accept requests for ‘Changes of Use that do not require additional water capacity’ in commercial, industrial and institutional settings and where planning approvals are in place, in order to support the business community and economic development.

Exemption requests will be reviewed and advanced to Council as they arise through the Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee. Please reach out to Planning Services by email to planning@collingwood.ca and Building Services by email to: building@collingwood.ca with any questions. NEW! Deadline for exemption requests to be submitted us February 14, 2022.


2021 Building Statistics Presentation

The 2021 Building Statistics were presented at the January 17, 2022 Development & Community Services Standing Committee. The statistics illustrate that building growth continued despite the ICBL and water constraint issues.

2021 Building Statistics Presentation


Next Steps in Interim Control By-law, Land Use Planning Policy Study - Release of Second Draft

Council endorsed the recommended next steps contained within Staff Report P2021-38 Next Steps for a Servicing Allocation Framework on December 20, 2021. This will advance the Land Use Planning Policy Study and preparation of a servicing capacity allocation framework prior to the expiry of the Interim Control By-law No. 2021-024, as amended.

The next steps are:

  • Incorporate the proposed official policies into the first draft of the Town's updated Official Plan, targeted to be released in early 2022.
  • Hold a statutory public meeting of the proposed zoning by-law amendment at the January 24, 2022 meeting of Council;
  • Schedule a second round of public consultation on the revised Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy in January/February 2022 (date TBD). Please stay tuned to this page for more details on this consultation opportunity in the new year.

The presentation to Council can be viewed here.


UPDATE re: Accessory Residential Units ICBL Exemption Requests will be considered by Council.

Council passed a resolution during the December 13, 2021 meeting of Council, to continue to consider exemption requests for accessory residential dwelling units while the Interim Control By-law (ICBL) is in effect. For more information, please review Staff Report #CAO2021-15 – Interim Control By-law Exemption Requests – Commercial Projects with No Additional Water Capacity and Accessory Residential Units, which also granted five additional ICBL exemptions for various projects.

In the final report from the Town of Collingwood Affordable Housing Task Force, the importance of accessory residential units (also known as secondary dwelling units, accessory apartments, secondary suites, etc.) was emphasized as one of the pillars necessary to address the housing crisis. Land use planning legislation and policy at all levels of government also recognize the need for accessory residential units and supports streamlining approvals and/or permits necessary to establish these uses.

Exemption applications for accessory residential dwelling units will continue to be reviewed and advanced to Council for a decision as they arise.

If you would like to pursue an accessory residential dwelling unit on your property, please speak with Planning and Building Department staff.


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.

If you have respectful comments regarding the ICBL, please submit them here. Comments collected will be considered during the Land-Use Planning Policy Study process.

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I think that the road infrastructure needs to be updated before more growth to the town can happen. I believe that the town should prioritize widening Poplar Sideroad, finishing widening High Street and fixing the existing part of High Street that is cracked and covered in potholes. The traffic in town has gotten really bad, and is only going to get worse with another couple thousand people living here.

vanduynlukas 3 months ago

I am very familiar with the points allocation system implemented in North Grenville. The developers were included in the preparation of the bylaw and have found it to be a good direction for new applications. I do not believe it has been applied to applications already in the system.

I think the concept is very important and critical to a community getting what it wants and needs and not what is most profitable for the entrepreneurs. Developers are in for the bucks and not addressing the less profitable needs of the community. I think using water capacity as leverage in reviewing proposals is absolutely the right way to go. It is one of the few tools in the municipal tool box to control development.
Good work and please proceed as drafted with point reallocation as needed.

pjspence 9 months ago

The proposed point system for water capacity allocation puts “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 no merit, should it not also be assigned a negative score?

Nick Clayton 9 months ago

Please, let's not do anything piece-meal. I respectfully suggest that whatever study is being done that it considers various and many aspects of Collingwood's needs from the waterfront area to parks and from the Collingwood Terminals (what's going to happen there?) to our health needs with Collingwood General and Marine Hospital.

George Czerny-Holownia over 1 year ago
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