A site plan shows 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 Town and Region (if applicable) requirements.
Site Plan approvals are regulated by Section 41 of the Ontario Planning Act. The entire Town of Newmarket is designated, by Council, as a "Site Plan Control Area". Development of any kind may not be undertaken in the Town of Newmarket until the Town has reviewed and approved the plans.
Site Plan Approvals
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. It is intended to:
Once the plans are approved, a site plan agreement is generally executed. This agreement contractually binds the owner 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.
- Implement the objectives of the Official Plan;
- Ensure conformity to the Zoning By-law and other appropriate by-laws and regulations;
- Ensure sufficient municipal services and on-site facilities; and
- Eliminate or reduce negative impacts on adjacent land uses.