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. We make recommendations to Council and the Committee of Adjustment on planning and development applications.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 Planning Related Studies

Review of Cannabis Operations

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 additional information please see the DART Application Form.

 Useful Links
Official Plan 2019

Zoning By-law No. 2014-126

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