Subdivision Plans

Subdivision happens when a property owner either divides a parcel of land into smaller lots or combines lots into a larger parcel. Subdivision plans lay out the details of proposed subdivisions, identifying specific locations for property lines, roads and buildings. 

Because subdivisions impact the surrounding neighbourhood, environment and municipal services, applications are reviewed by the Subdivision Authority for compliance with the Land Use Bylaw. Subdivisions, whether as complex as a new neighbourhood or condominium building, or as simple as dividing a property in two, must all complete the same application process.

Application process

Step one: consultation

We advise that you discuss your proposal with Planning staff before starting your application. We can provide guidance on the process. Before you begin, you should know: 

  • the land use designation of your property 
  • if subdivision is allowed and the minimum dimensions for each lot
  • land use rules such as density, site coverage, height and setbacks

You can find this information in the Land Use Bylaw and by consulting the land use map for your neighbourhood. You may also need to demonstrate technical feasibility by providing a servicing plan or traffic impact assessment.

Step two: application

Once you have consulted Planning staff, you can complete and submit an application. When submitting your application, be prepared to pay the associated fees. 

Please note that fees vary based on size and complexity of the proposed subdivision. Fees may include: 

  • application fees
  • engineering review fees
  • endorsement fees 
  • off-site levies
  • acreage assessments 
  • a calculation of the voluntary community enhancement and parks development fees

Please refer to the fee schedule for the cost of associated fees.

Subdivision application Fee schedule

Please also review the subdivision application checklist to make sure your application is complete.

Your application will also require an automatically renewable, irrevocable form of security. This is for the costs of services and other infrastructure required to develop a subdivision.

Step three: application review

Once we receive your application, our staff will complete an initial review. This review ensures there is enough information to proceed with the application. If we require more information, we will contact you. 

Following initial review, your application is circulated to other Town departments and outside agencies. These reviewers provide comments which will be forwarded to you to be addressed. 

Under the Municipal Government Act, the Town and school authorities may claim a maximum of 10 per cent of the property for municipal and/or school reserves. Portions of your property that are unsuitable for development may be required to be dedicated as an environmental reserve. Subdivision of parcels containing less than 0.8 hectares (1.98 acres) is exempt from this requirement.

Appeals and extensions

If you would like to appeal a decision, you must submit a Notice of Appeal form within 21 days of the Notice of Decision. Appeals are handled by the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board. 

Notice of Appeal form

When you receive a Notice of Decision on your application, that decision is valid for one year from the decision date. You may request an extension up to 40 days before the one-year anniversary of the decision date. To do so, complete and submit a Time Extension form along with a letter describing why you need an extension. 

Time Extension form

Addressing guidelines

When applying for subdivisions where new addresses are required, please use the Addressing Guidelines for the proposed addressing plan.