Regulation - Minister

Empowering the Town of Parry Sound to make decisions on certain matters under the Planning Act

Regulation Number(s):
O. Reg. 353/02 (Approval Authority - Plans of Subdivision)
O. Reg. 354/02 (Consent Granting Authority Delegation)
Instrument Type:
Regulation - Minister
Bill or Act:
Planning Act
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) is proposing to amend regulations under the Planning Act to empower the Town of Parry Sound in relation to two areas of land-use planning authority:

1) Approval Authority - Plans of Subdivision

The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing is proposing to amend Ontario Regulation 353/02 (Approval Authority - Plans of Subdivision) under the Planning Act in order to make the Town of Parry Sound the approval authority under sections 51 and 51.1 of the Act. This would have the effect of giving the council of the Town of Parry Sound the power to approve subdivision and condominium applications within their municipality.

It is proposed that the regulation would provide approval authority for plans of subdivision/ condominium for the Town of Parry Sound made on or after January 1, 2022.

2) Consent Granting Authority

The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing is proposing to amend Ontario Regulation 354/02 (Consent Granting Authority) under the Planning Act in order to delegate approval authority to the Town of Parry Sound under section 53 of the Act. This amendment would authorize the council of the Town of Parry Sound to give consents within their municipality. Pursuant to subsection 57(1) of the Act, the authorization would also permit council to issue validation certificates.

It is proposed that the regulation would delegate approval authority for the abovementioned types of applications for the Town of Parry Sound on or after January 1, 2022.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The result of the proposed amending orders will be the empowerment of the Town of Parry Sound council to make decisions on land division within the municipality.

There are administrative costs to process subdivision and consent applications, and to support decision-making by the approval authority. Presently such costs are borne by the Parry Sound Area Planning Board and are recovered through application fees established in accordance with section 69 of the Planning Act. If the proposed amending orders are made, applications concerning lands in the Town of Parry Sound would no longer be made to the Planning Board but instead be made to the Town of Parry Sound. As such, there is no anticipated net change in administrative costs for regulated entities.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
21-MMAH014
Posting Date:
June 24, 2021
Comments Due Date:
August 8, 2021
Contact Address:
Christopher Brown
Senior Planner
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Municipal Services Office - North (Sudbury)
Suite 401, 159 Cedar St
Sudbury, ON P3E 6A5