Official Plan

An Official Plan is a statutory document which sets out the land use policy directions for long-term growth and development in a municipality. It is not to be confused with the Zoning By-law which further details the broad range of land uses set out in the Official Plan. The current Official Plan for the Municipality of West Nipissing was approved by the Province on December 8, 2011.

The Municipality of West Nipissing Official Plan contains policies governing various land use designations, such as Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural and Open Space and Natural Heritage. These designations are broadly established on a land use map. Other policies relating to Mineral Aggregate Resources, Transportation and Community Improvement are incorporated into the Plan.

Click on one of the links below to view the Municipality of West Nipissing's Official Plan:

The Municipality of West Nipissing's Official Plan (Office Consolidation)
Ontario Municipal Board Decision


West Nipissing Official Plan Land Use Schedule - Overview


Click on the link below to view the Planning Act:
http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_90p13_e.htm 

Click on the link below to view the Provincial Policy Statement:
http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page215.aspx 

Applications

Preparing reports to Council and documents for reference by the public
To view the Official Plan, Zoning By-law, applications, Committee of Adjustment and Planning Advisory Committee Agendas and minutes, please click on the PDF documents. For the most up to date version or to ensure no changes have been made to any parts of the Official Plan or Zoning By-law please contact the Planning Department.

Official Plan - PDF
Zoning By-law -PDF
Application for Consent –PDF
Application for Minor Variance –PDF
Application for Zoning Amendment –PDF
Application for Subdivision –PDF
Planning and Building Information Request –PDF

Committee of Adjustment

The Committee of Adjustment reviews planning applications for Minor Variance, Consent and the expansion of Legal Non-Conforming uses. The Planning Act provides that a Committee of Adjustment may consider requests to:

  • Sever new lots or grant rights-of-way and/or easements
  • Grant relief from the provisions of any Zoning By-law, an Interim Control By-law as well as certain other By-laws as authorized by Council;
  • Enlarge or extend an existing legal non-conforming building or structure; and
  • Change a legal non-conforming use to one which is either similar to or more compatible with the uses permitted by the Zoning By-law.

The Municipality of West Nipissing's Committee of Adjustment consists of five (5) members appointed by Council in accordance with the Planning Act. The Committee meets to consider applications on a monthly basis or as needed.

 

West Nipissing Committee of Adjustment Members:

Roger Gagnon

Fernand Pellerin

Mark Fryer

Normand Roberge, Conseiller municipal

Guy Fortier, Conseiller municipal

 

Committee members serve a term concurrent with that of the Council which appointed them. The Committee elects a Chair who presides at Hearings. Additionally, the Committee appoints a Secretary-Treasurer, who is responsible for application processing and record keeping.

Application for Consent

Application for Minor Variance

 

Planning

Planning Development Services houses both Planning and Building. Planning oversees development control and zoning as well as long range community planning.

The Planning Department provides information, expertise and guidance to the public relative to development approval processes, Official Plan Policies and the Zoning By-law.
The services offered are as follows:

  • Providing information to organizations and developers; consulting with those seeking or considering using planning services; responding to telephone and counter inquiries
  • Maintaining a current Official Plan
  • Maintaining a current comprehensive Zoning By-law
  • Processing applications to approve Consent Applications, Minor Variances, Zoning By-law amendments, Official Plan amendments, subdivisions, condominiums, site plans and various agreements
  • Providing compliance reports and lawyer's letters
  • Providing comments to the Committee of Adjustment
  • Preparing reports to Council and documents for reference by the public

To view the Official Plan, Zoning By-law, applications, Committee of Adjustment and Planning Advisory Committee Agendas and minutes, please click on the PDF documents below. For the most up to date version or to ensure no changes have been made to any parts of the Official Plan or Zoning By-law, please contact the Planning Department. 

Official Plan (Office Consolidation)
Ontario Municipal Board Decision
West Nipissing Official Plan Land Use Schedule

Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2014-45
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Schedules (Index Map)
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Schedules (A1 to D7)
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Schedules (E1 to F8)

Comprehensive Zoning By-law Schedules (G1 to M4)
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Schedules (Sturgeon Falls)
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Appendices

Application for Consent
Application for Minor Variance
Application for Official Plan Amendment / Zoning By-law Amendment
Application for Subdivision
Application for Condominium
Planning and Building Information Request
By-law 2016/28 - Amending Planning Fees

Provincial Policy Statement (PPS):
PPS 2014
Introduction to the PPS 2014 — Northern Ontario
Land Use Planning (MMAH Website)


Contact Information:

Municipality of West Nipissing
101-225 Holditch Street
Sturgeon Falls, ON P2B 1T1
Tel: (705) 753-2250
Fax: (705)753-3950

Melanie Ducharme, Municipal Clerk / Planner
(705) 753-2250, ext 6926
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Natasha Liard Bigras, Planning & Building Clerk
(705) 753-2250, ext 6949
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Zoning By-Law

A zoning by-law controls the use of land in your community. It states exactly:

  • how land may be used
  • where buildings and other structures can be located
  • the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used
  • the lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks from the street.

Click on one of the links below to view the Comprehensive Zoning By-law and Schedules:

Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2014-45
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Schedules (Index Map)
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Schedules (A1 to D7)
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Schedules (E1 to F8)
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Schedules (G1 to M4)
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Schedules (Sturgeon Falls)
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Appendices

 


 

Click on one of the links below to view the Comprehensive Zoning By-law Amendments

Zoning By-law Amendment 2015/59 (Amend the height(s) of accessory structures in the Residential, Rural and Agricultural zones)

 

Planning Advisory Committee

The West Nipissing Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) provides recommendations to the municipal Council for applications including Zoning By-law amendments, Subdivisions and Condominiums, as well as Official Plan amendments, made under the Planning Act (Ontario).

Planning Advisory Committee Members:

Roger Gagnon

Fernand Pellerin

Guy Fortier, Councillor

Normand Roberge, Councillor

Yvon Duhaime, Councillor

Guilles Tessier, Councillor

Joanne Savage, Mayor 

 

Application for Official Plan Amendment / Zoning By-law Amendment

Application for Subdivision

Application for Condominium

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