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Site Plan Approval - Oak Ridges Moraine

Pursuant to Section 41 of the Planning Act, and in accordance with the Town's Official Plan and Site Plan Control By-law, the Town of Caledon designates all lands within the corporate limits of the Town of Caledon as a Site Plan Control Area. There are exceptions to this requirement as outlined in the Site Plan Control By-law.

Within the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, lands zoned Environmental Policy Area 1 (EPA1-ORM), Environmental Policy Area 2 (EPA2-ORM) or lands within a 90 metre buffer of these zones, are subject to Site Plan Control.  More information about other types of Site Plan Approval.

What is Site Plan Control?

Site Plan Control is an essential component of the development review process. The intention is to complement the objectives of the Official Plan and the requirements of the Zoning By-law. The implementation of Site Plan Control enables the Town of Caledon to ensure that all new development will be designed in accordance with the requirements of all provincial, regional and municipal authorities.

Exemptions from Oak Ridges Moraine Site Plan Approval

Development Based

The following items do not require Site Plan Approval within the Oak Ridges Moraine:

  • Sheds which are exempt under the Ontario Building Code;
  • Roof-mounted solar panels;
  • Servicing connections;
  • The demolition and/or re-construction of a building, shed or deck within an existing footprint;
  • Construction of additional floors above the ground floor;
  • Enclosing of an existing deck or porch;
  • Replacement of a septic system so long as it located within the same footprint (or smaller) and there is not an enlargement from the existing system.

Location Based

Oak Ridges Moraine Site Plan Approval is not required within the following plans of subdivision, unless it is otherwise required in the Zoning By-law or a related Minor Variance application:

  • 43M-1481 - Old Paisley Estates
  • 43M-1576 - Pine Glen Farms Ltd.
  • 43M-1589 - Blackhorse Village Estates (Phase 2)
  • 43M-1723 - Oxford Homes
  • 43M-1787 - Diamonwood Properties Ltd.
  • 43M-1827 - Sunshine Estates
  • 43M-1828 - Alliance Palgrave Inc. (Phase 1)
  • 43M-1837 - Cancian Construction Limited
  • 43M-1840 - Chateaux of Caledon Corp.
  • 43M-1895 - Glorco Holdings Inc.

The New Site Plan Application Process

As of September 4, 2013, the Development Approval and Planning Policy Department will be introducing a new Site Plan Application Process.

The new process places a greater emphasis on accountability of all parties involved to streamline the process, with changes to/alignment of Site Plan Streams, Fees and the Site Plan Control By-law.

Oak Ridges Moraine Site Plan Manual & Application Form

The Town of Caledon has created a manual to provide applicants and owners with a general overview of the site plan process in the Town of Caledon.

It is recommended that the applicant review the Oak Ridges Moraine Site Plan Manual thoroughly (along with other relevant documents) to reduce the amount of time spent on plan revisions and to fully understand the requirements of the Town of Caledon.

Additional Questions?

Please contact the Development Approval and Planning Policy Department at 905-584-2272 ext. 7338 or via email.