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Design Review Panel

The City has established a Design Review Panel as a one-year pilot project to advise and assist in reviewing and evalutation applications for residential lot creation. 

Statement of Purpose

The volunteer Design Review Panel was established as a one-year pilot project to provide knowledgeable urban design guidance to proponents for lot creation. The Design Review Panel also assists and advises the City of
St. Catharines in the review and evaluation of applications for residential lot creation.

Specifically, the Design Review Panel shall provide knowledgeable guidance and advice on building and site design for new housing projects proposed through lot creation in residential neighbourhoods.

The framework for guidance and advice provided by the Panel shall be based specifically on the following:

  • the City's Zoning By-law 2013-283, as amended;
  • the urban design policies and principles established in Part C, Section 4 of the City's Official Plan (Garden City Plan);
  • the lot creation policies established in Part F, Section 16.11 of the Official Plan;
  • the City's Urban Design Guidelines for low-rise infill housing


The Design Review Panel is made up of five (5) members with expertise in urban design, drawn from, but not limited to, the following professional categories:
  • Architect, OAA
  • Landscape Architect, OALA
  • Landscape Designer, CLD
  • Urban Planner, RPP
  • Urban Designer, CNU-A
  • Arborist, ISA2

In addition to the five professional members described above, the Design Review Panel also includes two (2) St. Catharines residents that are not associated with the home building industry.

Term of Appointments

Members will sit on the Design Review Panel for the length of the pilot program, until the Fall 2018, with possibility of extension.

Reporting Structure

The Design Review Panel is a Task Force and independent of any of the City's Sustainability Committees.

The Design Review Panel shall report and provide recommendations on site and building design for new housing projects proposed through new lot creation directly to the Director of Planning and Building Services, or designate, and shall not report to the Committee of Adjustment or any other body.

Membership List

The Design Review Panel is a new task force and has openings for seven (7) members. The Panel been established as a one-year pilot project, extending to fall of 2018, with possibility for extension.

Schedule of Meetings

The Design Review Panel meets once a month at a regularly scheduled meeting, or less frequently dependent on number of application in-takes.

Review and evaluation of projects may involve site visits, and as such, members should expect involvement beyond the actual meetings.


Panel members shall serve without remuneration.

The Task Force shall conduct its meetings in accordance with and otherwise comply with the City of St. Catharines Simplified Meeting Procedures for Advisory Bodies.

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