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The Land use planning reform in motion: Development Permit System
While Development Permit Systems have been permissible in Ontario municipalities since the passage of Ontario Regulation 608-06 in 2006, the City of Toronto is only now taking steps to implement them within its boundaries. A DPS combines the zoning, site plan, and minor variance
processes into one application and approval process. Through area-wide studies and community consultation, new development standards and performance criteria are prepared and tailored to specific areas of the municipality and solidified through a new bylaw (a development permit bylaw). Development permits are only issued for applications that are compliant with the development permit bylaw, which has some prescribed flexibility. All interested parties may appeal the enactment of a development permit bylaw, however, once in force, third party appeals of a development permit application decision are not permitted and only the applicant has the right of appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board.Take the following quiz to help navigate the new system.