Planning and Development

VICTORIA HALL,
SECOND FLOOR, EAST WING
55 King Street West
Cobourg ON K9A 2M2

Glenn McGlashon
Director of Planning & Development
Email: gmcglashon@cobourg.ca
905-372-1005 (ext 4450)
905-372-1533 (fax)

 

Rob Franklin
Manager of Planning Services
Email: rfranklin@cobourg.ca
905-372-1005 (ext 4453)
905-372-1533 (fax)

Desta McAdam
Planner I - Development
Email: dmcadam@cobourg.ca
905-372-1005 (ext. 4302)
905-372-1533 (Fax)

 

Alison Torrie-Lapaire
Planner I - Heritage
Email: atorrie@cobourg.ca
905-372-1005 (ext. 4455)
905-372-1533 (Fax)

The Building and Planning Department is responsible for the review, processing and approval of all planning applications, such as: Official Plan Amendments, Zoning By-law Amendments, Plans of Subdivision, Consents, Minor Variances, Site Plan Control, etc. In addition, applications for Building Permits, Sign Permits, Pool Permits and Heritage Permits are reviewed for compliance with the Ontario Building Code and Municipal by-laws. Administration and enforcement of the Weed Control Act and Property Standards By-law are also conducted within this Department. Specifically, Planning Department staff are responsible for the following:

OFFICIAL PLAN

The Official Plan is a general policy document which establishes a long range "blueprint" for land uses within the Municipality. The land uses are identified by designations, under which specific policy direction is given to deal with such matters as type of use, density, massing and development criteria. New developments which do not conform to the Plan must seek approval of an Official Plan Amendment through Council.

Attached is a readable or printable copy of the Town of Cobourg,OFFICIAL PLAN (8.15MB) & OFFICIAL PLAN MAPS (5.12MB).

The Planning Department has prepared a brochure to assist an applicant with an Official Plan Amendment or Zoning By-law Amendment application. The brochure outlines required information for a complete application; time frames; fees and charges; contact names and addresses; sample application; etc: The Citizens Guide to Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments. Current Official Plan Amendments and Zoning By-law Amendment Notices are posted in the Planning Advisory Committee web page.

COMPREHENSIVE ZONING BY-LAW

A Zoning By-law is a regulatory document which implements the policy direction outlined in the Official Plan. Using a series of land use zones and corresponding text, a Zoning By-law generally spells out how land and buildings may be used, where buildings and other structures may be located, and what constraints may be applicable to the development of a particular property. Contrary to the Official Plan, a Zoning By-law is a legally enforceable document which is designed to regulate land use and future development. Significant changes to land uses or zone regulations require a Zoning By-law Amendment, and possible an Official Plan Amendment. Small, technical adjustments to By-law provisions may be accommodated by way of a Minor Variance.

The Planning Department has prepared a brochure to assist an applicant with an Official Plan Amendment or Zoning By-law Amendment application. The brochure outlines required information for a complete application; time frames; fees and charges; contact names, etc: The Citizens Guide to Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments.

Current Official Plan Amendments and Zoning By-law Amendment Notices are posted in the Planning Advisory Committee web page.

Schedule A Key Map


Attached is a readable or printable copy of the Town of Cobourg, COMPREHENSIVE ZONING BY-LAW 85-2003.

SCHEDULE 'A' to Comprehensive Zoning By-law 85-2003


SCHEDULE 'C' to Comprehensive Zoning By-law 85-2003



PLAN OF SUBDIVISION

The mechanism available to divide one property into multiple lots (usually a group of lots greater than 5 lots) is called the Plan of Subdivision process. Plans of Subdivision depict accurate measurements of lots and public streets and, once approved and registered, provide a legal means of conveying a number of properties. In considering approval of a Plan of Subdivision, Council must have regard to Provincial Policy directives, the Official Plan, Zoning By-law and other planning and engineering issues.

The Planning Department has prepared a brochure to assist an applicant with an Official Plan Amendment or Zoning By-law Amendment application. The brochure outlines required information for a complete application; time frames; contacts, etc: The Citizen's Guide to Plans of Subdivisions

CONSENTS

The process required to divide a property into a smaller number of lots (usually less than 5 lots) is known as a Consent for Land Severance. Unlike the Plan of Subdivision process, approval of a Consent is considered by the Committee of Adjustment, a quasi-judicial body of citizens appointed by Council. The Committee has the same powers as Council in considering and approving Consents. Consents for a Land Severance can include; creation of a new lot; a lot addition; creation of a right-of-way; mortgage consents; etc.

The Planning Department has prepared a brochure to assist an applicant with a Committee of Adjustment application. The brochure will assist you with required information for a complete application; time frames, contacts, etc: Citizen's Guide to Consent and Minor Variances.

Current Public Meeting Notices for the Committee of Adjustment (Consents and/or Minor Variances) are posted in the Committee of Adjustment web page.

MINOR VARIANCES

The Committee of Adjustment is also empowered to consider small, technical adjustments to the Zoning By-law known as Minor Variances. Examples of such adjustments include reductions in setbacks for buildings, decks, lot dimensions, and other similar By-law regulations. Significant adjustments to the By-law require a Zoning By-law Amendment.

The Planning Department has prepared a brochure to assist an applicant with an Official Plan Amendment or Zoning By-law Amendment application. The brochure describes the required information for a complete application; time frames involved; contact names and numbers; sample application; etc.: Citizen's Guide to Consent and Minor Variances.

Current Notices for Committee of Adjustment (Consents and/or Minor Variances), are posted on the Committee of Adjustment web page.

SITE PLAN CONTROL

Site Plan Control is a tool utilized by the Municipality to ensure that specific development proposals meet the Official Plan and Zoning By-law objectives. Essentially, site plans approved under this process are very detailed and outline precisely how a particular property will be developed. A legally-binding contract, called a Development Agreement, is prepared which contains numerous site performance standards and obligations which must be fulfilled by the proponent. Site Plan approval is typically the last planning approval necessary before a Building Permit is issued.

The Planning Department has prepared a brochure to assist an applicant with an Site Plan or Site Plan Amendment application. The brochure outlines required information for a complete application; time frames involved, contacts, a sample application; etc.:
The Citizen's Guide to Site Plan Review.

Town of Cobourg 2014 Development Charges & Building Fees
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COBOURG EAST COMMUNITY SECONDARY PLAN

The Cobourg East Community Secondary Plan schedules are posted on the following attachments

Schedule 1 Schedule 2 Schedule 3 Schedule 4

Amendment No.61 (367kb)

Cobourg East Urban Design (pdf format)
* Note: File is 59.5 MB in size. Please right click above link and select "save target as" to save to your computer before openning


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