Town of Collingwood stops issuing building permits?

Posted by Jen Scholte Team on Thursday, April 29th, 2021 at 2:45pm.

Shocking news this week as the Town of Collingwood council officially paused new construction for a year over concerns the water treatment plant is running out of capacity.  There has been a lot of discussion over this decision and of course, opinions on how this will impact the community.  Here are some highlights from the Town of Collingwood's website (Town of Collingwood Council pauses development with interim control by-law - April 26, 2021)

  • An Interim Control By-law (ICBL) is a tool available to Ontario municipalities as part of the Planning Act that places a temporary “freeze” on specified types or locations of development while a municipality is studying or reviewing its land-use policies.
  • Collingwood’s ICBL generally restricts development that does not already have a building permit, however, there are exemptions for projects that include decks, patios, fences, porches, accessory buildings or structures, temporary buildings or structures, or interior or exterior renovations to an existing building.
  • Council directed Town staff to evaluate, review, and negotiate, with the Town of New Tecumseth and the Town of the Blue Mountains to retain as much water capacity from those agreements as possible. 
  • Council has provided direction to staff to specifically pursue insight from the development community that may expedite resolutions of identified planning issues caused by the water capacity challenges, and potential exemptions to allow projects that are important to the community to continue.
  • Eric Davis, The town's solicitor said the staff will still be able to receive and process planning applications however no new building permits would be issued while the control bylaw is in place.
  • Davis also commented that although the bylaw is in place for one year, it can be extended, amended, or lifted early by council vote.

If you have questions or concerns around this interim bylaw and how it might impact your purchase or sale of real estate in the Southern Georgian Bay area, please reach out to our team.  

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