Planning Department developing within the Official Plan and Zoning By-law.
The Planning Department assists residents and property owners to make developments that abide by the Official Plan and Zoning By-law, as established by Council and which regulate development in North Frontenac.
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) offers the following links, which may be useful in understanding Land Use Planning:
Please be advised that these resources are intended to give general information only. For specific requirements and procedures, refer to legislation or contact the Planning Department of the Township of North Frontenac.
A land severance is the authorized separation of a piece of land to form two or more new properties.
If you are unsure which geographic township you are in refer to the Geographic Township Map
Minor Variance Process
A minor variance is a small variation from the requirements of the zoning by-law. A minor variance approval is a certificate of permission, because it allows the property owner to obtain a building permit even though their property does not comply precisely with the zoning by-law.
Completed application, along with the required fee and deposit, is submitted to the Secretary-Treasurer.
NOTE regarding fees and deposit.
The Minor Variance Fee is $750 payable to the Township of North Frontenac and is non-refundable. Per North Frontenac By-law #48-13, these fees are non-refundable and include the fees charged by the Municipality's Contract Planner. They do not include any external costs that the Municipality may incur in connections with its review of the application or additional fees charged by the Municipality's Contract Planner and/or Solicitor. The Applicant must enter into an Indemnity Agreement to cover all external costs incurred by the Municipality in respect of the Planning Application.
An additional fee, payable to Public Health, may also be required. Public Health will advise of the amount of their fee.
An additional fee, payable to Mississippi Valley Conservation (MVC) may also be required. MVC will advise the amount of their fee.
The Secretary-Treasurer reviews the application for completeness and forwards same to the Municipal Planner for a Planning Report. If no further information is required, the application is scheduled for a Committee of Adjustment hearing. See Note regarding timing.
NOTE about timing.
A complete application must be submitted 20 business days prior to the next scheduled Committee of Adjustment hearing in order for their application to be considered at that meeting. Staff and outside agencies require this time to process the application and satisfy the requirements of the Planning Act that the legislated circulation is done at least 14 days prior to the hearing. The Public Health Inspector, Conservation Authority, Municipal Inspector and possibly the Public Works Manager or Ministry of Transportation also require time in order to conduct the necessary inspections. Hearings are held monthly and typically scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month unless there is a scheduling conflict. It may also be necessary to defer an application due to snow cover and applicants are discouraged from submitting an application during the winter months.
The application is circulated to all property owners whose property is located within 200' of the subject lands as well as to Public Health in Cloyne. (Refer to the Note regarding fees). Peer review by a planner to ensure that all the relevant sections of the Provincial Policy Statement and planning policies of the municipality are addressed will also be arranged. Public Health and the planner may be required to conduct a site inspection, depending on the nature and magnitude of the minor variance request. The Municipal Inspector (member of the Committee of Adjustment) will always conduct a site inspection. Generally the Chief Building Inspector has already conducted an inspection, since it is usually this inspection that has alerted the applicant to the need for a minor variance.
At the scheduled hearing, the Committee of Adjustment, which consists of three appointed members with a representative from each Ward, reviews the application, any comments regarding the matter that have either been submitted to the Secretary-Treasurer prior to the meeting or verbally expressed at the meeting as well as the Peer Review, Public Health and Municipal Inspectors' reports. The hearings are open to the public and persons may express their objections, support or comments at the meeting. All comments are carefully considered, including those of the applicant. An objection does not necessarily mean the request will be denied. Such objection, in the opinion of the Committee, must have merit. The Committee will decide at this time, to grant or deny the request or they may grant something different than was requested. The Committee may impose conditions. The Committee may adjourn the hearing or defer their decision if more information is required. Any individual may appeal the decision to the Ontario Municipal Board. A written appeal with reasons and the required fee of $125 (certified cheque) must be submitted to the Secretary-Treasurer within 20 days of the Notice of Decision.
If no objections are submitted prior to the expiry of the appeal period, the Committee's decision is final and binding.
Road Closing Process
Shore Road Closing Application
Concession / Lot / Reserve / Forced Road Closing Application
Planning Fees as of February 2014
Township Fees and Pre-Development Deposit - as dictated by the Planning Fees By-law #48-13
KFL&A Public Health Fees - are Payable to KFL&A Public Health
Mississippi Valley Conservation (MVC) Fees - If on water or wetlands, payable to MVC
Quinte Conservation (QC) Fees - If on water or wetlands, payable to Quinte Conservation
Download a copy of all Planning Fees
The Official Plan is the document in which the Township of North Frontenac sets out its land use planning goals and policies that guide physical development and redevelopment, protection of natural and cultural heritage, resource management, and necessary supporting infrastructure. The Planning Act requires that municipalities in Ontario adopt an Official Plan that is consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement, 2005.Current Official Plan - Approved September 20, 2017
Section 34 of the Province of Ontario's Planning Act gives the Township the authority to implement land use controls through Zoning By-Laws. A Zoning By-Law is used to implement the policies in the Official Plan. As a legal By-Law document that is adopted by Council, a Zoning By-Law divides lands in the Township into specific areas or 'zones' that are shown in the maps below.Current Zoning By-law - Amended by By-law 54-08
Ward 1 Map
Ward 2 Map
Ward 3 Map
For information about the new County of Frontenac Official Plan, visit the County's Official Plan
Official Plan Five Year Review
|Document Name||Notes||Download Document|
|North Frontenac Official Plan Draft #4||Draft Provided to Council May 19, 2017||View PDF|
|North Frontenac Official Plan Draft #3||Draft Provided to Council March 17, 2017 Showing Amendments to Current Official Plan No Mark Up (Clean Copy)||View PDF|
|North Frontenac Official Plan Draft #3||Draft Provided to Council March 17, 2017 Showing Amendments to Current Official Plan (Mark Up)||View PDF|
|North Frontenac Official Plan Draft #3– Planner Report||Planners Report Provided to Council March 17, 2017 Regarding Draft #3||View PDF|
|North Frontenac Official Plan Draft #2||Draft Provided to Council January 16, 2017 Showing Amendments to the Current Official Plan (Clean Copy)||View PDF|
|North Frontenac Official Plan Draft #2||Draft Provided to Council January 16, 2017 Showing Amendments to the Current Official Plan (Mark Up)||View PDF|
|North Frontenac Official Plan Schedule||Draft Provided to Council January 16, 2017
Showing Amendments to Mapping
|North Frontenac Official Draft #2 – Planner Report||Planners Report Provided to Council January 26, 2017 Regarding Draft #2||View PDF|
|North Frontenac Official Plan Draft #1 – Planner Report Update||Planners Report Provided to Council July 22, 2017 Regarding Update to Draft #1||View PDF|
|North Frontenac Official Plan Draft #1||Draft Provided to Council May 20, 2016 Showing Amendment to the Current Official Plan (Clean Copy)||View PDF|
|North Frontenac Official Plan Draft #1||Draft Provided to Council May 20, 2016 Showing Amendments to the Current Official Plan (Mark Up)||View PDF|
|North Frontenac Official Draft #1 – Planner Report||Planners Report Provided to Council May 20, 2016 Regarding Draft #1||View PDF|
This page was last updated on January 31, 2018