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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.


Whether it is to welcome new
American tenants (i.e. Target,
J. Crew, and Crate & Barrel), to
convert buildings to become
LEED certified, or to entice more
shoppers to come into their centre,
many shopping centres and
office buildings in Canada have
recently completed, or are in the
midst of, expansion and modernization.
For example, in Toronto
alone, a major renovation of two
food courts at the Eaton Centre
has occurred, Yorkdale Shopping
Centre is undergoing a major
expansion to accommodate
more tenants, and First Canadian
Place has re-skinned its exterior
walls and windows and
renovated its common areas and
retail spaces. How do you think
different types of redevelopment


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