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Planning and Development

Depending on the type of Planning Application, you might work with either the County of Wellington, the Township of Puslinch, or both.

The County of Wellington is the application authority for the following development applications:

  • County of Wellington Official Plan Amendments
  • Local Official Plan Amendments
  • Subdivisions (Township Council is the final approval authority for Subdivision Agreements)
  • Condominiums (Township Council is the final approval authority for Condominium Agreements)
  • Consent to Sever

Visit the County of Wellington to learn more about the development applications they oversee.

The Township of Puslinch is the approval authority for the following planning and development applications:

Zoning By-law Amendments

What is the Zoning By-law?

The Township of Puslinch zoning by-law governs the way land in the Township is used in the following ways:

  • how land may be used;
  • where buildings and other structures can be located;
  • the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used;
  • the lot size and dimensions, lot coverage, building height, and setbacks; and
  • shoreline buffer areas, landscaping areas, planting strips, parking requirements.

What is a Zoning By-law Amendment?

If a proposed use is not permitted in the zone for a property, or if the standards of that zone can’t be met by a proposed development, an application for a zoning by-law amendment may be needed to change or amend the existing zoning. A zoning by-law amendment is a by-law passed by the Township and is a public process.

It is recommended that applicants retaining a planning consultant prior to submitting a zoning by-law amendment application in order to meet the requirements of a complete application.

It is also recommended that prior to submitting an application that you engage the Township in a pre-consultation to understand what will be required in order for your zoning amendment application to be complete. More information about the pre-consultation process is provided at the bottom of this page.

What is the Zoning By-law Amendment Process?

Coming Soon! View the process outline for standard zoning by-law amendment applications.

2021 Application Fee

  • The fee for a zoning by-law amendment is $15,094
  • The fee for a zoning by-law amendment relating to an aggregate is $15,560*
  • The fee for lifting of a holding designation (zoning) is $598*

*(subject to third party cost recovery)

Application and Supporting Information

Minor Variances

What is a Minor Variance?

If your proposed change doesn’t conform exactly to the zoning by-law, but follows its general intent, you can apply for a minor variance. For example, you might want to locate something on your property, but you are unable to meet the minimum setback requirements because of the shape of your lot.

Minor Variance applications are considered by the Committee of Adjustment (also known in the Township of Puslinch as the Planning and Development Advisory Committee).

The Four Minor Variance Tests

When considering a minor variance application, the Committee will apply four tests, as outlined in the Planning Act, to determine if the minor variance should be approved:

  1. Is the application minor in nature?
  2. Is it desirable for the appropriate development or use of the land, building or structure?
  3. Is it in keeping with the general intent and purpose of the Zoning By-law?
  4. Is it in keeping with the general intent and purpose of the Office Plan?

Types of Minor Variance Applications

There are two types of minor variance applications: Type 1 and Type 2. Click each type for a list of what is included.

Minor Variance Type 1

  • Lot line setbacks for single family dwellings and accessory structures.
  • Height variances for single family dwellings and accessory structures.
  • Maximum size of accessory structure variances.
  • Maximum size of accessory unit variances.

Minor Variance Type 2

  • All other minor variances not listed under Type 1.

What is the Minor Variance Application Process?

Coming Soon! View the process outline for standard minor variance applications.

2021 Application Fee

  • The fee for a Minor Variance Application Type 1 is $733
  • The fee for a Minor Variance Application Type 2 is $1,241

Application and Supporting Information

Site Plan Control

What is Site Plan Control?

A site plan approval application is required for commercial, industrial, and institutional development proposals to:

  • construct a new building or structure;
  • construct an addition to an existing building or structure; and/or,
  • undertake major siteworks.

Site plan control is regulated by the Township’s Site Plan Control By-law.

Click each type for a list of what sort of applications might be considered as Minor or Major:

Site Plan Control Application and Agreement (Minor)

A Minor Site Plan Control Application and Agreement may include:

  • site works associated with the change of use of an existing building;
  • parking lot modifications, outdoor patios, landscape works and the placement of accessory buildings and structures; and/or,
  • minor revisions or building additions to existing commercial, industrial or residential developments.

Site Plan Control Application and Agreement (Standard)

A Standard Site Plan Control Application and Agreement may included:

  • requirement of technical studies (e.g., storm water management, geotechnical, hydrological, environmental impact assessment, etc.); and/or,
  • a new development or major additions/alterations to an existing development or site design.

Township staff have the discretion to determine whether a site plan control application is classified as Minor or Standard.

Community Improvement Plan

In March 2016, the Township adopted a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for the Aberfoyle and Morriston corridor (referred to in the plan as “Our Corridor”), as well as the Brock Road mixed-use industrial area. The CIP supports the revitalization, beautification, renewal, and economic activity in the the Township’s urban corridor. The CIP is intended to serve as a long-term framework that will be implemented over the next fifteen years. Specifically, during this time it is anticipated that the CIP will:

  • Stimulate investment in privately owned land and building by providing financial assistance to property owners and tenants; and,
  • Focus municipal resources on programs, studies, and other initiatives that will contribute to the overall improvement of Our Corridor.

Property owners may be eligible to apply for grant funding for development projects with this corridor. Click here to learn more about the CIP and grant funding opportunities.

What is the Site Plan Control Application Process?

Coming Soon! View the process outline for site plan control applications.

2021 Application Fee

  • The fee for a Site Plan Application and Agreement (Minor) is $11,255*
  • The fee for a Site Plan Application and Agreement (Standard) is $21,369*

*(subject to third party cost recovery)

Application and Supporting Information

Building and Demolition Permits

The Township uses an online portal call Cloudpermit for building permit applications. For information relating to building and demolition permits visit our Building and Renovation page.

Site Alteration Permits

What is Site Alteration?

The Township’s Site Alteration By-law regulates the movement of fill within the Township. The by-law controls site alteration activities, such as the changing of grade on your or your neighbour’s property, and the removal or dumping of large amounts of soil, rock, or other materials that would alter drainage conditions.

Effective August 13, 2015, the Township has placed a moratorium to restrict site alteration projects to no more than 1000m3.

All imported fill and soils regraded or distributed on any lands shall not have any chemical qualities or compounds that are greater than the native material on the site.

There should be no degradation of existing soil quality and groundwater quality as a result of the site alteration.

Some properties may be subject to additional regulatory permits (including but not limited to conservation authority, Ministry of Transportation, Source Water Protection and, or Ministry of Environment approvals).

When a Site Alteration Permit is required?

A site alteration permit is required when, on any lands within the Township (including any lands which are submerged under any watercourse or other body of water), you are:

  • placing or dumping fill;
  • altering or causing the alteration of the grade; or,
  • removing any topsoil.

When a Site Alteration Permit is not required

Most do-it-yourself projects do not require a permit. A site alteration permit is not required:

This is a general guide. Property owners are responsible for complying with the Site Alteration By-law. If you are unsure if a site alteration permit is required, contact the Township at planning@puslinch.ca or call 519-763-1226 for more information.

What is the Site Alteration Permit Application Process?

Coming Soon! View the process outline for site alteration permit applications.

2021 Application Fee

  • The fee for a Site Alteration Permit Application is $1,800* plus $75 per hectare (rounded to the greater whole aggregate); and,
  • A Site Alteration Permit Service Fee of $0.06/per m3

*(subject to third party cost recovery including but not limited to Township Engineering peer review fees)

Application and Supporting Information

Entrance Permits

What is an Entrance Permit?

An Entrance Permit is required to install or change an entrance onto private property off of a public road. The purpose of an Entrance Permit is to ensure safe access to and from the property, and to maintain existing drainage.

If the property is on a County-owned roadway a County Entrance Permit and approval is required.

If the property is on a Townline roadway, contact the Township Office to confirm which municipality is required to grant approval for the entrance permit.

When an Entrance Permit is Required

Entrance permits are required for:

  • Construction of an unpaved entrance;
  • Construction of curbs, gutters or other permanent works related to an entrance;
  • Construction of a paved entrance;
  • Paving an existing entrance;
  • Add curbs, gutters or other permanent works to an existing entrance;
  • Change the design of an existing entrance;
  • Change the location of an existing entrance; and/or,
  • Use an existing entrance for other than its original, present, or normal use (change of classification from residential to commercial, etc.).

2021 Application Fee

  • The fee for an Entrance Permit is associated with the zoning and use of the property:
    • Commercial/Industrial $406
    • Farm $220
    • Field/Woodlot $203
    • Residential $244
    • Temporary $150

Application and Supporting Information

Planning Pre-consultation Requests

If you are considering a development application to establish a new business, or expand a building as part of your existing business a planning Pre-consolation request may be recommended. Pre-consultations will help identify:

  • what types of planning applications may be necessary, such as zoning by-law amendments, site plan control, or subdivision/condominium applications;
  • any required plans, studies or information required to support the application;
  • concerns from interested agencies or public bodies (such as the Ministry of Transportation, local conservation authority, Township and County staff); and,
  • what is needed to submit a complete application.

Ultimately, a Pre-consultation will help expedite the planning review process once the application is received by Township.

What is the Pre-consultation Process?

Pre-consultations consist of:

  • emailed circulation of application to public agencies (including but not limited to conservation authority, Ministry of Transportation, and Source Water Protection), Township consultants and staff;
  • written comments being provided back to the applicant once received by the Township.

Pre-consultations do not include a formal meeting with public agencies, Township consultants or staff.

The average Pre-consultation process takes 4 weeks from when all the required documents are received by the Township to when comments are provided back to the applicant.

2021 Pre-consultation Fee

The fee for a Pre-consultation is $625*

*This fee will be credited from the appropriate planning application fee (i.e., when a formal complete application is submitted) for zoning by-law amendments, site plan control and agreement, or plan of subdivision or condominium.

Application and Supporting Information

Need more information or have a question?

Contact planning@puslinch.ca or call 519-763-1226 to speak with Township staff.

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