Interim Control Bylaw (ICBL) & Moving to a New Servicing Capacity Allocation Framework Supporting a Complete Community
NEW! Interim Control By-law, Land Use Planning Policy Study, Updated Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy Engagement Sessions
Appropriately planning for growth requires an alignment between land use planning and infrastructure decisions to ensure that hard services are available to support construction.
Following the passing of an Interim Control By-law (ICBL) on April 26, 2021, the Town moved quickly to address the challenge of future water capacity allocation by advancing a Land Use Planning Policy Study. The goal is to implement the recommendations in advance of the expiration of the one-year ICBL study period.
The Town hosted engagement sessions on the proposed Servicing Capacity Allocation Framework on November 23, 2021. Following substantial feedback, the framework documents were updated and Council endorsed staff report P2021-38 Next Steps for a Servicing Allocation Framework on December 20, 2021, which recommended further consultation on the Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy component of the framework. Therefore, the Town is hosting a second round of consultation sessions with the general public and development community to provide the opportunity for feedback specifically on the updated Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy.
For more information, please visit: https://engage.collingwood.ca/interim-control-by-law-icbl
We want to hear from you! There are multiple ways to learn more and have your voice heard.
Two Virtual Presentations - Hosted through Zoom, will be conducted on February 9, 2022:
- Session 1 – Development Community Second Round of Consultation from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
February 9, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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- Session 2 – General Public Second Round of Consultation from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
February 9, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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Meridian Planning Consultants will give a presentation on the updated Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy, followed by a professionally facilitated Question-and-Answer period.
Please note these consultation sessions are being held in addition to a statutory public meeting on January 24, 2022 for the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment component of the Servicing Capacity Allocation Framework.
Unable to attend a session? Written comments will be accepted until February 21, 2022.
Engage Collingwood – You may provide comments, ask questions, and find more information at https://engage.collingwood.ca/interim-control-by-law-icbl
NEW! Interim Control By-law (ICBL) exemption requests support accessory housing and economic development
The Town is now accepting ICBL exemption requests for ‘Accessory Residential Units’ in order to support affordable/attainable housing opportunities in our community. This form of housing, also known as secondary dwelling units, accessory apartments, or secondary suites, provides more rental housing options and is an important component in addressing the current housing crisis.
The Town will also continue to accept requests for ‘Changes of Use that do not require additional water capacity’ in commercial, industrial and institutional settings and where planning approvals are in place, in order to support the business community and economic development.
Exemption requests will be reviewed and advanced to Council as they arise through the Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee. Please reach out to Planning Services by email to email@example.com and Building Services by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Next Steps in Interim Control By-law, Land Use Planning Policy Study - Release of Second Draft
Council endorsed the recommended next steps contained within Staff Report P2021-38 Next Steps for a Servicing Allocation Framework on December 20, 2021. This will advance the Land Use Planning Policy Study and preparation of a servicing capacity allocation framework prior to the expiry of the Interim Control By-law No. 2021-024, as amended.
The next steps are:
- Incorporate the proposed official policies into the first draft of the Town's updated Official Plan, targeted to be released in early 2022.
- Hold a statutory public meeting of the proposed zoning by-law amendment at the January 24, 2022 meeting of Council;
- Schedule a second round of public consultation on the revised Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy in January/February 2022 (date TBD). Please stay tuned to this page for more details on this consultation opportunity in the new year.
The presentation to Council can be viewed here.
UPDATE re: Accessory Residential Units ICBL Exemption Requests will be considered by Council.
Council passed a resolution during the December 13, 2021 meeting of Council, to continue to consider exemption requests for accessory residential dwelling units while the Interim Control By-law (ICBL) is in effect. For more information, please review Staff Report #CAO2021-15 – Interim Control By-law Exemption Requests – Commercial Projects with No Additional Water Capacity and Accessory Residential Units, which also granted five additional ICBL exemptions for various projects.
In the final report from the Town of Collingwood Affordable Housing Task Force, the importance of accessory residential units (also known as secondary dwelling units, accessory apartments, secondary suites, etc.) was emphasized as one of the pillars necessary to address the housing crisis. Land use planning legislation and policy at all levels of government also recognize the need for accessory residential units and supports streamlining approvals and/or permits necessary to establish these uses.
Exemption applications for accessory residential dwelling units will continue to be reviewed and advanced to Council for a decision as they arise.
If you would like to pursue an accessory residential dwelling unit on your property, please speak with Planning and Building Department staff.
Interim Control By-law, Land Use Planning Policy Study Engagement Sessions - We Want to Hear from You!
Interim Control By-law, Land Use Planning Policy Study Engagement Sessions - We Want to Hear from You!
The Town hosted two consultation sessions with the general public and development community to provide the opportunity for feedback on servicing capacity allocation solutions. Based on a best practices review, tools were shared that the municipality can utilize to provide a fair and predictable process for servicing capacity allocation that clarifies how a finite resource can be managed in the best way for our community. A preliminary Water and Wastewater Allocation Policy along with zoning and official plan changes were presented for comment and feedback.
Two Virtual Presentations - Hosted through Zoom, were conducted on November 23, 2021:
Session 1 – Development Community from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
link to recorded session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbg7A172L5c
Session 2 – General Public from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
link to recorded session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqfFPQ87XPY
Slide deck from both sessions: Presentation
Meridian Planning Consultants presented the preliminary Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy framework followed by a professionally facilitated Question-and-Answer period. Please review: Staff Report P2021-35 with a best practices review and the recommended tools for a Servicing Capacity Allocation Framework.
Were you unable to attend a session? You may provide comments and ask questions using the Questions and Comments Tools below or by email to email@example.com or deliver comments to Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street.
Written comments accepted until December 3, 2021.
UPDATE re: ICBL Exemption Requests
During the regular meeting of Council held July 19, 2021, 36 Interim Control By-law (ICBL) exemptions were granted to allow construction of 316 Single Dwelling Equivalent Units, using some of the remaining water capacity in Collingwood.
To view the full list of exemptions view Appendix C of Staff Report: CAO2021-10 Interim Control By-law No. 2021-024 – Evaluation of Exemption Requests
- For those developments and individuals who have been granted exemptions from the ICBL, your application can continue through the Planning process and building permits may be issued. Please contact the Planning Department should you have any questions.
- For those developments and individuals who have not been granted exemptions from the ICBL, your planning application will continue to be processed and reviewed, however planning decisions from Council will not be made unless a future exemption is granted or until the completion of ICBL or the completion of the Planning Study. Please contact the Planning Department should you have any questions.
Exemption Application Process now closed
***NEW*** Now Accepting ICBL Exemption Requests
At the Special Council meeting held June 3, 2021 Collingwood Town Council approved Staff Report CAO2021-07 Interim Control By-law No. 2021-024 - Exemptions and Procedure for Receipt and Evaluation of Exemption Requests.
Who should apply for an exemption:
Anyone that is planning to develop or construct a building in the Town of Collingwood before April 2022 who has not yet received a building permit and is changing the use of a property or requires water services supplied by the Town should submit an Exemption Request Form. This includes, but is not limited to, the following types of construction:
• Construction of individual homes, including individual infill lots
• New accessory apartments within a home
• New subdivisions, or sections of subdivisions waiting to be built
• Commercial development, including the addition of units within a commercial development not yet built
• Industrial development, including the addition of units within a commercial development not yet built
If you are not sure if you need to apply for an exemption, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 705-445-1030 ext. 3243.
If you have any questions or concerns when completing the request form, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Clerk Services at email@example.com
The steps of this process are as follows:
- Applicant fills out the prescribed Exemption form available on Engage.Collingwood.ca and submits the form to the Town Clerk;
- Requests are received by Council and referred to the CAO for review by senior management and the Town solicitor; and
- Requests which are deemed to be eligible for possible ICBL exemptions are identified and, where applicable, performance conditions (such as the use of the water by a set date) or other terms are recommended in a staff report prepared for Council’s consideration.
- All request forms are to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than June 18, 2021, to be considered by the Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee on July 5, 2021, and Council on July 19, 2021.
At the Council meeting held April 26, 2021 Collingwood Town Council approved Staff Report P2021-12 Interim Control By-law & Land Use Planning Policy Study and associated Interim Control Bylaw (ICBL) BL2021-024, applicable to all lands within the Town of Collingwood.
Why was this Recommended?
Collingwood has a significant water capacity issue, while facing significant development growth. An Environmental Assessment has been completed for the expansion of the Water Treatment Plant, however the build will not be completed until 2025. By implementing the ICBL, this pause in development will enable us to determine the best ways to continue to build and support the best community possible in line with our Official Plan and Strategic Plan.
Collingwood’s ICBL generally restricts development that does not already have a building permit, however, work that does not use more water such as most residential renovations can continue. There are exemptions for construction, alteration and expansion projects such as decks, patios, fences, porches, accessory buildings or structures, temporary buildings or structures, and interior or exterior renovations to an existing building.
The Town is committed to rapidly developing a Land Use Planning Policy Study and implementing the outcomes as quickly as possible to limit negative impacts on development that represents a priority interest for the community.
What is an ICBL?
An ICBL is a tool provided by the Ontario Planning Act that effectively allows a municipality to halt development while it manages an identified issue.
- The Chief Administrative Officer has been authorized to retain qualified consulting services as required including by non-standard procurement as may be deemed necessary in regard to the timely completion of the Land Use Planning Policy Study.
- The Consultant will carry out a Land Use Planning Policy Study including, but not limited to, the consideration of: any required changes to the Town’s land use planning policies and/or regulatory framework resulting from water and wastewater servicing capacity limitations; and the implications of water and wastewater servicing constraints for growth management, servicing implementation and any other impacted policies within the Official Plan and as related to the Town’s land use planning policies and regulatory framework.
- Council has provided direction to staff to specifically pursue insight from the development community that may expedite resolutions of identified planning issues caused by the water capacity challenges and potential exemptions to allow projects that are important to the community to continue. Check back to this page for updates.
- Council gave direction to staff to engage the engineering community to provide any expertise that might identify possible opportunities for capacity release in the near term. Check back to this page for updates.
- Members of the public, stakeholders and stakeholder representatives are welcome to provide comments and ask questions on our public engagement portal:
Planning Services (Developments and Land Use Planning)
Building Services (Building Permit Applications)
Environmental Services (Water Capacity)
- July 20, 2021 - Council approves 36 ICBL Exemptions to permit some construction to continue
- July 6, 2021 - RFP Awarded to AECOM and Ainley & Associates for Water Treatment Plant expansion
- June 21, 2021 - Consulting Team Chosen to lead Land Use Planning Policy Study
- June 4, 2021 - Council approves Procedure to Evaluate Requests for Building during the Land Use Policy Study
- May 31, 2021 - Council Considers Procedure for Evaluation of Exemption Requests for Building during the Land Use Policy Study
- May 14, 2021 - RFP Issued for Water Treatment Plant Expansion - Engineering Services
- April 26, 2021 - Council Pauses Development with Interim Control By-law (ICBL)
- April 21, 2021 - Council Considers Implementation of Interim Control By-law (ICBL)