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

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***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

***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

Exemption Request Form

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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    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 28 days 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 19 days 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 22 days 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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    If Collingwood were to adopt an enforcement strategy regarding the Outdoor Water Use Guidelines, particularly during the summer months when lawn watering is high, wouldn't this result in a huge reduction of the pressure on the water treatment plant? Secondly, why not investigate alternatives to lawns, for example xeriscaping?

    Sue asked 25 days ago

    The current Town of Collingwood Water By-law 2016-066 includes lawn watering restrictions.  Properties ending with an odd number can water out-of-doors on odd days of the month; properties ending in even numbers can water on even days of the month.  This is enforced through our By-law department.  

    In 2019 the water department communicated with high irrigation users to remind them of the watering restrictions and also providing some education on the benefits of less watering.

    In 2020, the Town implemented a new water rate structure that has high water users paying more as they use more.  It is anticipated that over time, we will see a reduction in out-of-door use with this rate change.

    While a reduction in out-of-doors water use would reduce the maximum demand on the system in the summer, this reduction alone will not provide a significant increase in available water for future development and does not help to address the winter limitations of our treatment process.


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    When will the list of exempted developments/developers from the provisions of the ICBL be reviewed/updated?

    AR asked about 1 month ago

    Staff Report CAO2021-07 Interim Control By-law No. 2021-024 - Exemptions and Procedure for Receipt and Evaluation of Exemption Requests will be considered by the Strategic Initiatives Committee Monday May 31.

    View the report here: CAO2021-07 Interim Control By-law No. 2021-024 - Exemptions and Procedure for Receipt and Evaluation of Exemption Requests 

    View the SIC agenda here: May 31, 2021 SIC Agenda

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    Do you hold an Agreement and obligations to the developers?

    Anna asked 28 days ago

    Agreements are required to accompany development approvals where applicable. Each development in Town is at a different stage of development.  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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    what developments hold a valid building permit

    ShipyardLane109 asked about 1 month ago

    The following Developments have been issued building permits: 

    •  Eden Oak (Indigo Estates)
    •  Riverside Midrise
    •  Summit View Phase 1 & 2
    •  Monaco
    •  Memory Care Facility (92 Raglan)
    •  Parkbridge
    •  Living Waters Hotel
    •  Huronic Village (Shipyards)

        

    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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    The town of Collingwood shares its water capacity with Blue Mountains and Thornbury. Why their constructions sites were not terminated ?

    Anna asked about 1 month ago

    The Town of Collingwood holds a water supply agreement with the Town of Blue Mountains and an obligation to meet the terms of that agreement.  Town Staff are in discussion with Town of Blue Mountains Staff to see if a reduced supply can be accommodated in the short term until the WTP expansion is commissioned.   

    While the Town of Collingwood has put a pause on development requiring water allocation, we do not have jurisdiction over development limitations on other municipalities.


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    Why the municipal official did not think about the issue ahead to the 53% increase in population . This bylaw is going to impact infrastructure and the future of the city . The city allows big investors to build hotels but pausing residential development which is going to effect lots of employment opportunities etc.

    Dhillon asked about 2 months ago

    Servicing requirements for future population growth are based on the Town’s Official Plan population forecasts and development forecast assumptions made during the Master Servicing Plan.  These servicing requirements are further refined as specific development applications are submitted.  When the Plant reached a maximum demand around 80% for a few years, plans for a WTP expansion were initiated. 

    The ICBL does not impact infrastructure. It is a pause on all development regardless of type (ie. residential vs. commercial), due to the water capacity issue. 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 including employment, that represents a priority interest for the community.

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    Hi, Hope you are well and staying safe. I have a home in Collingwood that I was in the process of tearing down to build a new one. Would this building permit be accepted? There would still be just myself and my husband in the new house using the same amount of water that we do in the existing house. thanks for your help. take care

    Mrs. P. asked about 2 months ago

    If you are demolishing your house and rebuilding the same type of house, we can proceed to issue a permit for your re-build. For example, if you are demolishing a detached dwelling and re-building a detached dwelling. Please email building@collingwood.ca for further questions about your specific demolition and re-build plan.