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Development Permit System

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) released the Development Permit System (DPS) in 2007 as a land use planning tool for Ontario municipalities. The intent was to provide an alternative application process that implements the long term vision for the designated DPS area, while streamlining the overall process for development projects within that boundary. The DPS:

  • combines the processes of Zoning, Minor Variances and Site Plan Control into one application under the Planning Act
  • is regulated by a By-law that integrates all aspects of development for properties within a defined area, including but not limited to: permitted uses, site standards, urban design and site-specific enhancements.
  • requires a review timeline of 45 days for each application. The reduced timeframe is intended to make a DPS application more efficient and provide the applicant/owner with flexible development opportunities that reflect the City’s vision for the surrounding community.

As with a Site Plan application, all development within the DPS area would be required to apply for a DPS Permit and meet conditions as necessary prior to the issuance of a Building Permit. 

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