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Application Submission:

All applications, forms, drawings and related documents including payment via cheque shall be submitted the Town of The Blue Mountains, 32 Mill Street, PO Box 310, Thornbury, ON, N0H 2P0, Attn: Planning Services.

Payment Options: 

All Application fees are due at the time of submission and are required as part of a complete application.  Planning Application fees are outlined in By-law 2019-15 (Schedule A & Schedule B) 

  • Cash, Cheque or Debit at the Town Hall 
  • Mail or Courier a cheque to 32 Mill Street, PO Box 310, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0, Attn: Planning Services 
  • We do not accept Credit Cards or E-transfers 

Submission Requirements 

To complete a submission please click on the application below for further details and to obtain a copy of the submission application package. 

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the Planning Services Department. 

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.  

 If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact the Planning Services Department. 

The Town requires “pre-consultation” through a formal meeting with proponents and Planning Staff on all applications for:

  • Official Plan Amendment
  • Zoning By-law Amendment
  • Site Plan Control
  • Draft Plan of Subdivision and Condominium

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

 If you have any questions or require assistance please contact the Planning Services Department. 

What is a Minor Variance? 

The Town’s Zoning By-law regulates the use of land within the Municipality by establishing zones which permit specific types of land uses. The Zoning By-law also applies rules to each zone outlining provisions regarding building setbacks and lot coverage. A “minor variance” allows for minor relief from the prescribed requirements of the land use zone, subject to review and approval by the Committee of Adjustment.

Application Package:

To download a copy of the application package please click here: TBM Minor Variance Application Package for a fillable form. If you require this document in an accessible or alternative format please contact the Planning Services Department. 

What is a Consent to Sever?

A land severance is the authorized separation of a piece of land to form a new lot or a new parcel of land.  Consent to sever is required if you wish to convey or create any interest or entitlement in land for a period that exceeds 21 years. The Town of The Blue Mountains Official Plan provides policies and requirements to guide the severance of land, including new lot creation, lot additions, and lot boundary adjustments, within the Municipality.  These policies help to ensure that any division of land will not have a negative impact on the community.

Application Package: 

To download a copy of the application package please click here: TBM Consent to Sever Application Package for a fillable form. If you require this document in an accessible or alternative format please contact the Planning Services Department. 

What is an Official Plan Amendment?

An Official Plan is a general land use guide which sets out the Municipality’s long-term vision for growth and development and is intended to provide Council with the basis for making decisions on development applications, changes in land use, and community improvements. A proposed amendment to the Official Plan must maintain the general intent and direction of the document set out in the policies contained therein.  In order to ensure that an amendment and the development proposal is in keeping with the general direction of the Official Plan, it is necessary that council has sufficient and relevant information to properly review the application and the potential impacts of the change on servicing, traffic patterns, existing land use and the maintenance of the highly valued community character. The Official Plan and its various policies provide that additional information, studies, or reports may be requested in support of the proposal.

Submitting Your Application

Before submitting an amendment application, it is mandatory that a pre-consultation meeting be held with Planning Staff. This consultation will provide an opportunity for staff to preview the proposal, identify any major issues, and confirm the requirements for a “complete application”.  The standard requirements for a complete Official Plan amendment application are listed on the application checklist. 

Application Package:

To download a copy of the application package please click here: Official Plan Amendment Package. If you require this document in an alternative format please contact the Planning Services Department. 

The following form is required to be completed for the Municipal Review and Approval of all Site Plan Applications. 

Application Package: 

To download a copy of the application package please click here: Site Plan Approval Application Form.

If you have any questions or require additional information please contact: Planning Services

The following form is required to be completed for Municipal Review. 

Application Package: 

To download a copy of the application package please click here: Application for Subdivision/Condominium Draft Plan Review.

If you have any questions or require additional information please contact: Planning Services

The Town's Short Term Accommodation (STA) Licensing By-law provides a system for the licensing of STA premises. 

The STA Licensing by-law objectives include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring occupants are provided with safe accommodations in terms of fire and building safety
  • Ensuring STA premises are operated and maintained in sanitary and acceptable levels of interior conditions as per Property Standards
  • Ensuring STA Operators are made aware of their responsibilities to comply with Town by-laws and other regulations
  • Protecting the character, amenities and quality of existing residential neighborhoods
  • Creating a level playing field for all STA Operators and providing enhanced consumer protection

There are specific areas of the Town that are zoned to allow for licenced Short Term Accommodation use.

Application Package:

To arrange a pre-screening meeting to determine the necessary steps and planning approvals required to obtain a short term accommodation license, please contact By-law Enforcement.  To download a copy of the application package, please click here: Request for STA: Pre-Screening Meeting 


To download a copy of the complete STA Application Package please click here: Application for a Short Term Accommodation (STA) Licence.  

If you have any questions or require additional infomration, please contact By-law Enforcement or visit the Short Term Accomodation Webpage for additional information 

What is a Zoning By-Law Amendment? 

The Town’s Zoning By-law implements the community development goals and objectives outlined in the Municipal Official Plan. The Zoning By-law also provides a legal way of managing land use and future development in order to prevent conflicting and potentially dangerous land uses from being located in inappropriate areas within the community. The Zoning By-law outlines how land may be used, where buildings may be located, the types of buildings permitted on a property, as well as lot sizes, dimensions, parking requirements, building heights, and applicable setbacks from the street.

If a property owner wishes to use or develop land in a manner that is not permitted by the By-law then a zoning amendment is required prior to establishing the proposed use.

Application Package:

- Zoning By-law Amendment
- Request to remove Holding 'h' Symbol 
- Request for Tempoary Use By-law (Extension)
- Request for exemption to Park Lot Control 
- Deeming By-law 

To download a copy of the application package please click here: TBM Zoning By-law Amendment Application Package  for a fillable form. If you require this document in an accessible or alternative format please contact the Planning Services Department. 

For all other applications or if you require additional information please contact the Planning Services Department. 


Contacts

Planning Services
519-599-3131 x263

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