Collingwood’s Interim Control By-law (ICBL) No Longer in Effect

The Town of Collingwood is pleased to announce that as of July 19, 2023, the Interim Control By-law (ICBL) that was put in place April 26, 2021, to address municipal servicing capacity limitations, is no longer in effect, as the final appeal to the Town’s Zoning By-law Amendment 2022-007 has now been withdrawn. This means that Interim Control By-law Exemptions are no longer required to allow development to continue.

Building continued while the ICBL was in effect through a variety of processes that facilitated both major and minor development proposals to advance.  In fact, 2021 saw the highest number of building permits issued in the Town’s history.  The Town was also able to grant 134 exemptions to the ICBL, allowing 1,225 building permits to be issued over the time it was in force and effect.

“I am pleased that we can announce the lifting of the Interim Control By-law today. Our servicing capacity allocation policy will continue to provide a clearly defined framework for the Town and developers to work within to ensure sustainable and responsible development.”

Mayor Yvonne Hamlin

After considerable and accelerated efforts by the Town, development community and other stakeholders, the new Servicing Capacity Allocation Policy (SCAP) will continue to manage how servicing capacity is allocated in a sustainable, transparent, equitable and responsible manner, with most minor development proposals exempted from the SCAP process. Major development projects will require merit-based evaluations through the SCAP and may be allocated servicing capacity through the ‘batch review’ process. 

If you have an approved ICBL exemption, Planning Services staff will be contacting you to advise of the next steps for your project.

Water Capacity update

As noted in Staff Report PW2023-08, with the water and wastewater commitments made under the Servicing Allocation Policy (SCAP) and ICBL exemptions approved prior to January 1, 2023, the uncommitted hydraulic reserve capacity for the drinking water system is currently 1,837 m3 /d (1,376 SDUs (Single Dwelling Unit equivalents)) and 3,923 m3/d (3,865 SDUs) for the wastewater system. The uncommitted hydraulic reserve capacity is updated through semi-annual reports, with the next report scheduled for September 2023.  

The remaining water and wastewater capacity will be managed through the implementation of the SCAP for the continued responsible allocation of available water and wastewater capacity. The Water Treatment Plant Expansion design is now complete, with the construction tender released to the three general contractors pre-qualified to submit a construction bid. Bids are scheduled to be received in August 2023, at which time the Town will have a reliable understanding of full cost and timing of the expansion. The September 2023 report will include recommendations for a notional total of SDUs to be available in future years.

Background

At the Council meeting held Monday, April 26, 2021, Collingwood Town Council approved a pause in development to address municipal servicing capacity limitations for future development, using an ICBL while a Land Use Planning Policy Study (LUPPS) was completed. One of the key outcomes of the LUPPS was a recommended zoning by-law amendment that ensures adequate municipal servicing capacity is available prior to any building permit being issued.

While the Town was willing to lift the ICBL since early 2022, to transition to the new Servicing Allocation Policy, the Town received 3 Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) appeals to the implementing zoning by-law amendment causing the automatic continuation of the ICBL under the Planning Act. Two appeals were withdrawn earlier in 2022 and 2023, respectively and the final being withdrawn July 19, 2023.

The water supply is safe and available for current residents, industry, commercial uses, and temporary visitors. There is enough water for several years of growth, but not enough to continue at the same pace of development until the water treatment plant is expanded. As soon as becoming aware of this difficult situation, Council took a proactive and transparent approach to seek further capacity and responsibly manage that which remains. 

Information about the ICBL will remain available for viewing at: https://engage.collingwood.ca/interim-control-by-law-icbl. A new project page will be published on Engage.collingwood.ca later this year for the Water Treatment Plant Expansion project.

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