Site Plan Control is a form of development control provided to municipalities through the Ontario Planning Act. The construction, development or re-development of land in the City can require Site Plan approval. Once your plans are approved, a site plan agreement is executed that contractually binds the owner to develop and maintain a site in accordance with the approved plans.

Applying for Site Plan Control

Before submitting your application, it is recommended that you consult with staff to discuss your proposal. You must complete an application for Site Plan Control.

What is the purpose of the site plan control?

The Site Plan Control process allows City staff to review and approve the following:

  • Building siting and site design
  • Building massing
  • The relationship of the proposal to surrounding land uses
  • Driveways, curing and traffic direction signs
  • Loading and parking facilities
  • Emergency vehicle routes
  • All pedestrian accesses
  • Landscaping for the site and for the protection of adjoining lands
  • Refuse and other water material storage and collection
  • Grading and servicing
  • Need for City and Regional road widening
  • Exterior design of buildings

Site Plan Control ensures that City, Regional and other agency standards are met.

Contact information

For more information regarding the City of Port Colborne's Site Plan Control, please contact the Planning Department.