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04AC - Planning and Development Approvals

24 May 2018 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM


3 ConEd Learning Hours

Course Outline

This lecture provides an overview of the planning and land development approvals process in Ontario. This includes the roles architects, other professionals and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) play in that process. The lecture will describe the various planning tools that implement planning legislation and provide a guide to understanding and navigating the complex development approvals process.

Course Objectives

At the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • explain why the land use planning and development process is relevant to architects;
  • identify the ways the province and municipalities plan for growth;
  • identify the authorities that have decision-making powers within the planning process;
  • list, describe and compare the planning instruments that control land development in Ontario;
  • describe the circumstances under which planning instruments constitute applicable law;
  • explain how the various planning instruments are amended;
  • outline the criteria used to evaluate planning applications;
  • identify issues that can affect the approval process and how to address them;
  • describe the architect’s role in the planning and development approval process;
  • describe the planning powers of municipalities to control the exterior design of buildings;
  • describe the role of the architect as an expert witness before the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB);
  • describe what the OMB takes into consideration in making planning decisions; and
  • describe the planning powers of municipalities to control the exterior design of buildings.

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Martin Rendl, B.E.S., M.Sc. (Pl.), MCIP, RPP (Martin Rendl Associates)