Development and Planning

The Town of New Tecumseth's Planning department manages and reviews development and land-use plans according to our Official Plan and Zoning By-law. The Planning department makes recommendations to Council and the Committee of Adjustment on planning and development applications.

Development and Policy Planning Branch

The Town of New Tecumseth’s Planning Branch regulates land-use development under the Planning Act and help shape land use policies and guidelines working toward a vision of a complete community.

New Tecumseth is part of a two-tier government where the County of Simcoe forms the upper tier and is also responsible for some Planning services. Visit the County of Simcoe’s Planning website for more information.

Development Planning

Planning applications processed and reviewed includes Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments, plans of subdivision and condominium applications. Committee of Adjustment is also part of Development Planning responsible for minor variances, consents to sever land and permission requests under the Planning Act.

Prior to the submission of a development application, a pre-consultation meeting is encouraged with Town Staff through our DART (Development Application Review Team) process.

Development Charges

Development Charges are collected to assist in financing capital costs associated with infrastructure and municipal services to support growth. 

You must pay any development charges before we can issue a permit. We calculate residential development charges per dwelling unit. We calculate non-residential development charges per square metre of new construction or addition to the floor area of existing buildings.

Development charges are adjusted semi-annually in January and July in accordance with the most recent Statistics Canada Quarterly Construction Price Statistics. See our Development Charge Rate Schedule for more information.

We also collect charges on behalf of the County of Simcoe and the Simcoe County Board of Education.

Learn more about Development Charges

Committee of Adjustment

The Committee of Adjustment is an independent body appointed by Council under authority granted by the Province of Ontario. The Committee of Adjustment is composed of five members who are all residents of the Town of New Tecumseth. The Committee derives its jurisdiction from the Planning Act to make decisions on Minor Variances to municipal Zoning Bylaw requirements and Consents to create new lots, or adjust boundaries. 

Use our Minor Variance Application and Consent Application forms to apply for a minor variance or a consent to sever land. Make sure you that your submission is complete and accurate to avoid any unnecessary delays. We will return any incomplete or inaccurate applications. The Committee of Adjustment considers the following tests when evaluating a request for a minor variance:

  • The application maintains the general the intent and purpose of the Official Plan and the Zoning By-law;
  • The variance is desirable for the appropriate development and use of the land, building or structure; and
  • The application is minor in nature.

The Committee of Adjustment considers all policies of the Town and County OP, the Town's Zoning By-law as well as provincial policy when evaluating a request for a severance.

Subdivision Services 
See our subdivision services to find out how to enter into a Subdivision Agreement that ensures that your subdivision's construction is safe and meets Town standards.
Site Plans
See our Engineering department to learn about how to submit your site plan control application, the application for a site plan agreement, and how you can speed up your approval process.
Urban Design

An Urban Design Report provides a design framework for any new development. The Report identifies the overall design and how it will be achieved.


Preparing an Urban Design Report

See our Manual for the Preparation of an Urban Design Report to learn how to submit your Report, the applicable legislative requirements and policies, and how you can gain quick approval.


Urban Design Guidelines

See our Urban Design Guidelines for guidance when creating your design as well as a reference for our review process.


Development Application Review Team (DART)

All applicants looking to submit a development proposal to the Town are strongly recommended to arrange a pre-consultation meeting with the Development Application Review Team (DART) to assist the applicant in making the appropriate submissions to the Town. During DART meetings, applicants will be provided with relevant information regarding their proposal

All of the Town's pre-consultation meetings are coordinated through regular DART meetings. These meetings occur roughly every other week. For more information, please contact the Planning Department.

DART Meeting Requests
DART Application Form

Policy Planning

Policy Planning is responsible for growth management in the Town through the Town’s Official Plan, County of Simcoe Official Plan and provincial plans. It ensures the Town’s planning documents remain in conformity with County and provincial plans, along with providing interpretations of these plans as they relate to planning applications in the Town. Policy Planning initiates, develops and implements urban design policies and guidelines as well as other planning related programs, studies and policies including the Community Improvement Plan.

Official Plan

The Official Plan establishes goals and objectives for growth and development including the orderly and efficient provision of services and resources. The Official Plan is regularly reviewed and is prepared in accordance with Ontario's Planning Act.

Incentive programs

Learn about the incentives and rebates that are available. View our Community Improvement Plan to see how we're conserving and improving the buildings and properties in our downtowns of Alliston, Beeton, and Tottenham.

Telecommunication facilities

Installing or expanding a telecommunication facility? Make sure to review our Protocol for Establishing Telecommunication Facilities. Our requirements apply to all carriers planning to install or modify an antenna system.

Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR)

A Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) ensures that Official Plans conform with updated provincial plans and policies. For New Tecumseth, this means that the County of Simcoe is currently undertaking the MCR to update its Official Plan. 

For more information please visit the Town's Municipal Comprehensive Review webpage.

Planning Related Studies

Review of Cannabis Operations

What's happening in Planning

Regular updates to provide information on significant planning items, upcoming key reports to Council/Committee of the Whole and opportunities for engagement on planning matters.


Comprehensive Zoning By-law Final Draft Ready for Approval
  • On August 23, 2021, Council members and the public were presented with the Final Draft of the update to the Town’s Zoning By-law
  • It will be considered for final approval at the upcoming September 13, 2021 Council Meeting
  • Link to Comprehensive Zoning By-law Update 
Interim Control By-law for Cannabis Operations Expiring Soon
  • At the August 25, 2021 Public Planning Meeting, a preferred zoning option was presented for Council and public input on regulating cannabis production facilities in the Town
  • Coming up at the September 13, 2021 Committee of the Whole meeting, it is anticipated that a draft zoning by-law will be presented for consideration based upon the feedback received from the Public Meeting
  • The Interim Control By-law is set to expire on October 1, 2021
  • Link to Interim Control By-law for Cannabis Operations

Main Street Meadows - Beeton to be Heard at Upcoming Public Planning Meeting
  • The Town has received a proposed plan of subdivision application for the lands on the west side of Beeton just outside of the community’s settlement boundary
  • Development proposal for a 980 unit residential development and 1 commercial block on 166 hectares consisting of 287 single detached dwellings, 42 semi-detached dwellings, 251 street townhouses and 400 purpose-built seniors rental apartment units
  • The Statutory Public Planning Meeting is scheduled for October 20, 2021 providing opportunity for members of Council and the public to comment on the proposed subdivision
  • Link to Ministry approved Zoning for Main Street Meadows
Lots of Interest Expressed by Landowners for Settlement Area Boundary Expansions
  • Simcoe County staff at County Committee of the Whole on August 10, 2021 presented a report on the Municipal Comprehensive Review to provide an interim update on current interest expressed for settlement area boundary expansions
  • On September 13 at Committee of the Whole Town staff will present an update to the Municipal Comprehensive Review on growth management
  • The province allocated population and employment growth to Simcoe County to the year 2051 and this may result in the potential need to expand settlement area boundaries in several communities
  • County and Town staff have been tracking requests and to date, 30 requests have been received for lands within New Tecumseth accounting for approximately 3,568 hectares
  • Town of New Tecumseth represents 38% of the total number of requests received by the County
  • The County staff report and mapping for report number CCW 2021-265, can be found on the County of Simcoe Committee of the Whole Agenda
Simcoe County Public Information Sessions on the Municipal Comprehensive Review
  • The County of Simcoe is undertaking a Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) to update its official plan on how the overall pattern of development and land resource management is planned
  • A key component is a Land Needs Assessment to determine how much growth can be accommodated in the existing settlement areas and whether additional land is needed for residential and employment area purposes to the Provincial Growth Plan planning horizon to 2051
  • Public Information Sessions are planned for October on specific topics
  • Register once per household/organization through Eventbrite: Land Needs Assessment and Growth Management Sessions or Technical Study Sessions
Comprehensive Zoning By-law - Approved!
  • The updated Comprehensive Zoning by-law 2021-128 was approved by Council on September 13, 2021
  • The last day of appeal is October 12, 2021
  • For more information on the update, please go to the Comprehensive Zoning By-Law Update page 
Zoning By-law Amendment approved for Regulating Cannabis Operations
  • On September 27, 2021 Council, approved a zoning by-law amendment to regulate Cannabis Operations in the Town
  • By-law 2021-136 was approved permitting cannabis production facilities in the EA2 (employment area two) zone subject to a site-specific zoning by-law amendment
Woodington Minister’s Zoning Order Turned Down at Committee of the Whole
  • The Town has received a revised Minister’s Zoning Order by Woodington Lake Management Inc. in August 2021  
  • On September 27, 2021 the Committee of the Whole turned down the proposal, however the decision will need to be ratified at the October 18, 2021 Council meeting
  • The Development proposal was for a 200-bed assisted living facility, mixed use corridor, hotel/spa and conference associated with Woodington Lake Golf Course, 3,250 dwelling units (range of singles, semis, towns and apartments), seniors apartments, environmental areas and a municipally owned Biodryer
  • The significant difference between earlier versions were the removal of employment lands replaced by additional residential development and the introduction of a Biodryer to manage wastewater
Council Directs Town staff to develop Evaluation Criteria to Assess Settlement Boundary Expansion requests
  • On September 27, 2021 Council directed Town staff to take the draft principles and develop them into evaluation criteria to assess the settlement boundary expansion requests
  • Council provided input into the draft principles with identifying additional principles, commenting on the draft principles and weighting them
  • To date, 31 landowners have made a request to be included in the urban boundaries of Alliston, Beeton and Tottenham
  • Evaluation criteria will be developed by staff this fall to be presented to Council for their consideration
No Appeals to Zoning By-law Amendment for Regulating Cannabis Operations
  • By-law 2021-136 was approved with no appeals received as it relates to the results of the Cannabis Interim Control By-law Study
  • Cannabis production facilities are permitted in the EA2 (employment area two) zone subject to a site-specific zoning by-law amendment
  • By-law is in full force and effect as of September 27, 2021
 Comprehensive Zoning By-law Appealed
  • Two site-specific appeals have been received to the Comprehensive Zoning By-law. As a result, the entire updated Zoning By-law is on hold.
  • The Town’s current Zoning By-law 2014-126 still remains in effect.
  • Staff are working with the Town Solicitor on next steps for dealing with the appeals and the approval of the new Zoning By-law.
Simcoe County releases New Tecumseth’s draft Forecast and Land Needs Assessment
  • The County of Simcoe is undertaking a Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) to update its official plan, on how the overall pattern of development and land resource management is planned.
  • A key component is a Land Needs Assessment to determine how much growth can be accommodated in the existing settlement areas and whether additional land is needed for residential and employment area purposes to the Provincial Growth Plan planning horizon to 2051.
  • Simcoe County released the draft population and employment forecast and Land Needs Assessment for both Community Needs (housing needs) and Employment Needs.
  • New Tecumseth staff are currently assessing the draft document and anticipate presenting a report to Committee of the Whole on this as well as evaluation criteria for settlement boundary expansions by the end of 2021.

Important Information on Accessing Upcoming Agendas and Reports 

The agenda and report will be posted on the Town of New Tecumseth website the Friday afternoon before the scheduled meeting.  

If you wish to speak at a virtual public meeting, please fill out the appropriate form:

  1. Request to Speak at Committee of the Whole
  2. Request to Speak at a Committee of the Whole Planning Public Meeting
  3. Request to Speak at Committee of Adjustment

Please note identities and comments received at Committee of the Whole and/or Planning Public Meetings will become part of the permanent record and can be made available as a public document. 

Links to Planning & Related Resources

Official Plan 2019

Zoning By-law No. 2014-126

New Tecumseth GIS Interactive Map

Parkland Conveyance By-law

Planning and Engineering Fees By-law 

Site Plan Control Areas By-law

Urban Design Guidelines

Tree and Natural Vegetation Management Policy By-law

Site Plan Submission Guidelines

Building Permit Applications

Town Profile (Includes Development Maps)

Plans, Studies and Reports

Town By-Laws

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