Planning Services is responsible for the processing of the following types of development applications.
The Town requires “pre-consultation” through a formal meeting with proponents and Planning Staff on all applications for:
The purpose of the pre-consultation meeting is to identify all required information to be submitted to the Town as part of a complete application file. Proponents should have a detailed understanding of their project and be able to provide a project overview, site plan and any completed studies in support of the application. Pre-consultation does not imply support of Town Staff or The Blue Mountains of any application.
To arrange a formal Pre-consultation, please complete the Pre-Consultation Application Form.
At a very early stage of a proposal, Planning Staff are also available for an “Information Meeting”. This is a less formal meeting, usually one-on-one with a Town Planner on your development concept or idea. This meeting does not take the place of the required pre-consultation meeting for some applications. The Planner can provide high level feedback on the general concept or idea. Detailed comments, including complete application requirements, will NOT be provided.
Please make a request for an Information Meeting by completing the Information Meeting Form.
The Town requires Site Plan Approval for multiple residential (including condominiums), commercial and industrial development. Site Plan deal with the impact of the plan on surrounding land uses including the specific location of buildings, structures, services, access, parking and landscaping on a particular property. If Site Plan approval is required, the applicant must complete and submit a Site Plan application to the Town for review. Under the Planning Act, the public is not involved in the site plan approval process.
Grey County is the approval authority for Subdivisions and Condominiums within the Town. The Town requests that all applicants who pre-consult with Grey County on a proposed plan of subdivision or condominium involve Town Staff.
Site plan control is a form of development control provided to municipalities under Section 41 of the Planning Act. No one can undertake any development which is subject to site plan control unless the Town has reviewed and approved certain plans. Once the plans are approved, a site plan agreement is generally executed. This agreement contractually binds the owner to develop and maintain a site in accordance with the approved plans and the terms of the agreement.
The construction of a single detached dwelling, duplex, semi-detached dwelling or converted dwelling unit, some agricultural buildings and other classes of development may be exempt from site plan control. Please contact Planning Services for more information.
The purpose of site plan control is:
Good design is essential to building a community to be proud of. The Town of The Blue Mountains Community Design Guidelines provides direction on how to design various types of development and consideration that should be incorporated to meet the Town's objectives. The Community Design Guidelines are supported by Section D5.2 of the Town of The Blue Mountains Official Plan. Furthermore, By-law 2012-47 requires all Planning Act decisions by the Town to be consistent with the guidelines. It is strongly recommended that prospective applicants reference the Guidelines prior to finalizing development concepts and/or applications(s) for submission to the Town.
Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada is the approval authority for telecommunication towers
and requires all proponents of new facilities to consult local planning authorities to ensure local protocols and surroundings
are considered during the mandated site selection process. The Town of The Blue Mountains Municipal Telecommunication
Protocol requires public consultation for any proposal for new telecommunication facilities. Information about the Municipal
Telecommunication Protocol can be obtained by reviewing the link on this page. The protocol outlines the Municipal role in the
review process and what types of comments the Municipality provides to ISED Canada through the review process
Further general information about the Federal Telecommunication Facility approval process, including information about the
technology, human health, etc., can be found using the links provided below. Should you have specific questions about the
information provided, associated contact information for the responsible federal agency can be found on the relevant webpage.
The Blue Mountains Municipal Telecommunication Protocol:
ISED Home Page:
Federal Telecommunication Regulations:
Radiofrequency Energy and Safety:
Wireless Communications and Health:
Telecommunications Key Documents:
For detailed information about the Town's application process, please visit our Development Application Process page.