Site Plan Control

The Official Plan of the City of St. Catharines designates all lands within the City limits to be within a Site Plan Control Area. City of St. Catharines By-law 85-534 designates certain land uses as being subject to site plan control.

Generally, the following lands are subject to site plan control:

  • All lands used, zoned or to be zoned for residential purposes that have five (5) or more dwelling units
  • All lands used, zoned or to be zoned for commercial purposes
  • All lands used, zoned or to be zoned for industrial purposes where the lands abut a residential zone or front onto a street opposite a residential zone
  • All lands used, zoned or to be zoned for institutional purposes
  • All lands within the "Agricultural area" except residence

Site plan control is implemented by having plans approved or by having plans and an agreement approved. The distinction between these two methods depends on the extent of the development, the effect the development will have on adjacent land uses, and the need for provision of primary services (for example, internal road systems, emergency accesses, sewer and water facilities).

When Do You need a Site Plan Agreement?

No person shall undertake any development subject to site plan control without City approval of plans or without entering into a site plan agreement.

Development is defined as "the construction, erection or placing of one or more buildings or structures on land or the making of an addition or alteration to a building or structure that has the effect of substantially increasing the size or usability thereof, or the layout and establishment of a commercial parking lot, or of sites for the location of three or more trailers as defined in the Municipal Act or of sites for the location of three or more mobile homes as in the Planning Act.

The Site Plan Agreement process follows a standard procedure from the receipt of a completed application to obtain approval. This process can normally be completed within approximately four months from the date of receipt of a completed application.

Any person contemplating any form of development subject to site plan control should contact Planning Services to discuss their proposal at their earliest convenience prior to the submission of an application.

Download the Site Plan Approval Application

Download the Site Plan Control Drawings (plans approved) Application

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