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Statutory Plans

A Statutory Plan is a legal document that must go through three readings and a public hearing before it is adopted. Once adopted, there is a legal obligation on the part of both the municipality and residents to adhere to the plan.

  • Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF)
  • Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDPs)
  • Municipal Development Plan (MDP)
  • Area Structure Plans (ASP)
  • Area Redevelopment Plans (ARP)

Non-Statutory Plans

Non-Statutory Plans are Bylaws passed by Resolution. They are often developed to help encourage a certain direction for development or growth in a particular area.

  • Municipal Sustainability Plan (MSP)

Hierarchy of Plans

  • Municipalities, except those that are members of a growth management board, must have an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) and each ICF must include an IDP.
  • Municipalities that are members of a growth management board are required to create an ICF with other growth management board members only in respect of those matters that are not addressed in a the growth management plan and must create an ICF with those municipalities with which they have a common boundaries that are not members of that growth management board.
  • IDPs are at the top of the hierarchy, where all other statutory plans relating to the area that an IDP covers must be consistent with the IDP. If there is a conflict or inconsistency with another statutory plan, the IDP prevails to the extent of the conflict or inconsistency. s.638(1)
  • An MDP must be consistent with any IDP that may be in effect for lands identified in both plans. s.632(4)
  • An ASP must be consistent with any IDP and MDP that is in effect for the lands identified in the plans. s.633(3)
  • An ARP must be consistent with any IDP and MDP that is in effect for the lands identified in the plans. s.634(2)

Subdivision Authority

  • A Subdivision Authority is bound by the hierarchy of Statutory Plans when reviewing an application for a subdivision. If a Subdivision Authority is of the opinion that there may be a conflict or inconsistency between Statutory Plans, then it is bound by the hierarchy and relationship of plans in making its decision. s.654(1)(b)

Appeals

  • The Municipal Government Board or the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) is bound by the hierarchy of statutory plans when hearing a subdivision appeal and rendering a decision. S. 680(2),
  • The SDAB is bound by the hierarchy of statutory plans when hearing a development permit appeal and rendering a decision. s.687(3)