A site plan establishes both design and technical aspects of development proposals and ensures that the project contributes to an attractive streetscape, blends with the character of the neighbourhood or local area and meets the Town's and Region's (if applicable) requirements.
Site Plan approval is regulated by Section 41 of the Ontario Planning Act. The entire Town of Newmarket is designated by Council as a "Site Plan Control Area". No person may undertake any development which is subject to site plan control unless the Town has reviewed and approved certain plans. Once the plans are approved, a site plan agreement is generally executed. This agreement contractually binds the developer to develop and maintain a site in accordance with the approved plans and the terms of the agreement. Building permits are not generally accepted or issued until the site plan control requirements are addressed.
As the Town both grows and redevelops, there is a need to ensure good urban design which provides for the needs of all citizens, minimizes potential conflicting land uses, integrates the built environment with the natural environment, and ensures new development fits in with its surrounding community.
Site Plan Approval is an essential component of the development review process. As such it is intended to:
• Implement the objectives of the Official Plan;
• Ensure conformity to the Zoning Bylaw and other appropriate bylaws and regulations;
• Ensure sufficient municipal services and on-site facilities; and
• Eliminate or reduce negative impacts on adjacent land uses.
To this end, the Town of Newmarket has developed a Site Plan Approval Manual. The guidelines and required development standards items provided in this document will allow citizens, developers, Town staff and Council a common objective to work towards, as well as providing our community some level of predictability for new development or redevelopment. Please click on the attached link for a copy of the Site Plan manual.
For further information on site plans and site plan applications, please contact a member of the Town of Newmarket Planning Department at 905-895-5193 ext. 2450 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.