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The Town of Aylmer is responsible for both current development and long-term policy projects in the Town’s boundaries. You will find information below that can help you with your planning application, as well as details about ongoing projects.

Planning Team Contact Information

Primary Planning and Development Contact:

Manager of Planning and Development
Town Hall: 519-773-3164 ext: 4915
Email

Supporting Staff:

Contact Townhall at 519-773-3164 ext 0 to have inquiries referred to other staff.

Resources

The Official Plan is the Town’s blueprint for the future. It contains maps that show where residential, commercial, recreational, and industrial development can go and what areas must be protected from development. An Official Plan Amendment is a formal document that changes the County’s Official Plan. Changes may be needed because of new circumstances in the County or because of a request made by property owners.

Download the Town of Aylmer Official Plan

Download the Town of Aylmer Official Plan Schedule A

Download the Town of Aylmer Official Plan Schedule B

Download the Town of Aylmer Official Plan Schedule C

The Zoning By-law is a regulatory document which implements the policy direction outlined in the County’s Official Plan. A Zoning By-law generally spells out how land and building may be used, where buildings and other structures may be located, and what constraints may be applicable to the development of a particular property. Significant changes to the Zoning By-law may require a Zoning By-law Amendment. Zoning by-laws are legally enforceable decisions of Council.

Download the Town of Aylmer Zoning By-Law

Download the Town of Aylmer Zoning By-Law Maps

Contact the Manager of Planning and Development for availability.

  • Manager of Planning and Development
  • Phone: 519-773-3164 ext: 4915
  • Email

Development Charges

Elgin County GIS provides a public portal for lookup of zoning designation, lot lines, and Town boundaries. Residents and developer may use the site;  Town Staff are available to assist with inquiries if you are unable to navigate the site:

Elgin Mapping – Public Site

Information provided in the Elgin County GIS is accurate to the best of our knowledge and is subject to change on a regular basis, without notice. While Elgin County GIS makes every effort to provide useful and accurate information, we do not warrant the information to be authoritative, complete, factual, or timely. Information is provided on an “as is” and an “as available” basis. The County of Elgin disclaims any liability, loss, injury, or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, resulting from the use and application of any of the contents of this web site.

Town of Aylmer Council Meetings 

Council meetings are open to the public. Public meetings do not require pre-registration. Members of the public may attend public meetings and speak to planning matters if they wish. Proceedings are web-streamed on the Town of Aylmer YouTube Channel.

Submit Written Input

Written correspondence to Council or other committee/boards can be submitted by e-mail or in person at Townhall (46 Talbot St E Aylmer, ON N5H 1H4).

Submit an Application

Depending on your project, you may need to submit a development application before you can get started. Learn more about each development application in the Town of Aylmer:

Please refer to the building department page for up to date information: Town of Aylmer Building Department

Building Contact:

Chief Building Official and Facility Manager
519-773-3164, Email

The Town of Aylmer has published the Design Guidelines Manual for use with municipal construction projects and private development within the Town. Updates to the Design Guidelines will be published on an annual basis.

Any questions or inquiries should be directed by email to the Director of Infrastructure.

A minor variance is a change or permission from the zoning regulations of the Municipality’s Zoning By-law. The minor variance process allows a property owner the opportunity to seek permission or relief from a specific zoning regulation of the Municipality’s Zoning By-law by applying to the Committee of Adjustment.

Other processes include the following:

  • Extensions, enlargements or variations of existing legal non-conforming uses under the Zoning By-law; and,
  • Determine whether a particular use conforms with the provisions of the Zoning By-law where the uses of land, buildings or structures permitted in the by-law are defined in general terms.

Application for a Minor Variance or Permission

Minor Variance Application

This application is a fillable form and includes a area signed in front of a Commissioner of Oaths and Affidavits. Commissioning is available at the Town of Aylmer Townhall.

The application fee is $750.00 (see Fees and Charges By-law).

Applications can be submitted electronically or by paper copy to the Manager of Planning and Development.

Parks and public spaces play an important role in our Town. As Aylmer grows, the demand for parkland increases as well.

When new development or redevelopment happens, the Town can require one of the following:

  • Dedication of land for parks or other public recreational purposes
  • Payment called cash-in-lieu (CIL) of parkland
  • Combination of parkland conveyance and a CIL of parkland payment
  • The amount of parkland and CIL are calculated in accordance with the Town’s Parkland Conveyance By-law and the Planning Act.

Parkland Conveyance By-law and rates Council approved the new Parkland Conveyance By-law  01-22 on January 12, 2022. The by-law outlines the parkland conveyance requirements and CIL of parkland rates.

Download By-law  01-22 Being a By-Law to provide for the conveyance for land for parkland purposes or cash-in-lieu of parkland conveyance

Residents or developers planning to alter the grade of land within the Town limits will need to obtain a Site Alteration Permit for the works.
The Site Alteration Permit is a “no-fee” permit that will provide a description of the works and other information.
Examples of site alterations that will require a permit include but are not limited to:
  • Placement or dumping of fill on a property
  • Removal of soil from a property
  • Altering a swale, ditch or stormwater management feature
  • Placement of a pool
  • Major landscaping works

For further details, please see Site Alteration By-Law 45-23

Any questions should be directed to the Director of Infrastructure at 519-773-3164 ext. 4927.

Elgin County is the Approval Authority for Plans of Subdivision and Condominium Descriptions.  More information about how to apply for a Plan of Subdivision or a Plan of Condominium is available at the following links Applicant’s Guide and Application Form.
Planning Pre-application Consultation is required prior to application(s) submission with the County of Elgin, the Town of Aylmer and applicable agencies.

The Consolidated Linear Infrastructure Environmental Compliance Approval (CLI ECA) is a new process governed by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks. This approach is meant to streamline ECA applications for municipalities, developers, and the ministry while ensuring consistent requirements that improve environmental protection are met.

Click here for more information.

In Ontario, lawfully existing uses may continue and cannot be ‘zoned’ out of existence.

However, in the Ontario Planning system, legal non-conforming uses are intended to cease to exist in the long run and eventually be replaced with uses that conform to current standards as set out in the Municipal Zoning By-law and Official Plan. The Planning Act governs how a Municipality’s Zoning By-laws can be used for regulating the use of land. Municipal Zoning Bylaws are updated and change over time in response to changing circumstances and new or updated Provincial policies such as the Provincial Policy Statement, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and Greenbelt Plan.

Provisions of the Planning Act (Section 45(2)) empower the Committee of Adjustment to authorize the expansion of buildings and structures associated with legal non-conforming uses, and some minor variation or more compatible continuation of legal non-conforming uses.

Legal non-complying use – where a use continues to be permitted by a successive zoning by-law but one or more of the physical land or building regulations (e.g. lot area, setbacks, height, coverage, etc.) have changed and the site no longer complies to the new zoning regulations.

Legal non-conforming use – a use that is not permitted in the current Zoning By-Law but lawfully existed under the previous zoning by-law that was in place.

Please note, legal non-conforming uses are based on the use(s) actually carried on, and not all of the uses from the previous zoning. Therefore, it is not sufficient to conclude that a use continues to be “commercial” or “industrial”. When seeking recognition of a commercial use, be specific. For example, a retail store that was lawfully in existence at the time the zoning by-law changed cannot necessarily be converted into a restaurant simply because both are commercial uses.

When do I need to establish a Legal Non-Conforming Use?

There are generally three (3) circumstances in which the Town may require completion of an

Application to Establish a Legal Non-Conforming Use for a piece of property and/or use:

  1. Committee of Adjustment application – when applying for a minor variance or consent
  2. Search of Record request made for a subject property
  3. By-law investigation

Forms of Evidence in Establishing Legal Non-Conforming Use

The Owner is responsible for providing evidence in support of legal non-conforming use claims.

Examples of forms of evidence that must be submitted as part of the Application include: explanatory cover letter, owner’s affidavit confirming use, neighbour’s affidavit(s), confirming use, property survey, property deed, building permit(s), tax records, business licence(s), business records / receipts, dated photograph(s), and dated aerial photo(s).

Staff will review submitted Applications to confirm a legal non-conforming use against all available Town records.

In all cases, the purpose of the evidence is to establish: the date from which the use was in place; the specific nature of the activity(ies); and the location, size, and use of all buildings and structures associated with use.

If you believe you require Legal Non-Conforming Use designation, please contact the Manager of Planning and Development for appropriate next steps.

Application to Establish Legal Non-Conforming Use

The application fee is $200.00 (see Fees and Charges By-law).

Applications can be submitted electronically or by paper copy to the Manager of Planning and Development. See contact information above.

The Official Plan for the Town of Aylmer is a planning document that includes a statement of goals, objectives, and policies for managing growth and development while protecting the environment and heritage characteristics of our community. It sets out a comprehensive framework for land use decision-making in our community.

Official Plan Text and Maps

Download the Town of Aylmer Official Plan

Applicant to Amend the Official Plan

After reviewing the Official Plan for your property, if the use, building, or structure you are proposing is not permitted on your property, you will require an Official Plan amendment.

Official Plan Amendment Application

This application is a fillable form and includes a area signed in front of a Commissioner of Oaths and Affidavits. Commissioning is available at the Town of Aylmer Townhall.

The application fee is $1,500.00 (see Fees and Charges By-law).

Applications can be submitted electronically or by paper copy to the Manager of Planning and Development.

A consent (severance) application is required to create a new lot, add to an existing lot or give the right to use part of a lot.

Elgin County Land Division Committee is the approval authority for consents. Town of Aylmer Council is required to provide a recommendation to the Elgin County Land Division Committee for consents, as a commenting agency.

Planning Pre-application Consultation is required prior to application(s) submission with the Town of Aylmer and applicable agencies.

Application for Consent:

You are required complete and submit the Elgin County Land Division Committee Application for Consent to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Elgin County Land Division Committee. The application fee is $1,250.00 payable to Treasurer, County of Elgin.  Please refer to the County of Elgin’s website below for more details.

Elgin County Land Division Committee Application for Consent.

Once the application is received by the County of Elgin, the Town of Aylmer will be notified.

If a new entrance is proposed with your application, you will be required as a condition of consent to apply for an entrance permit. Contact the Town of Aylmer Operations Department for more information.

If entrance is proposed on a County of Elgin Road, please see the County of Elgin’s website for more details.

County of Elgin Road Occupancy Permit Application

Site Plans ensure that development proceeds as approved and to minimize impacts. It is a detailed plan of development that shows the location of buildings, services, driveways, walkways, parking, landscaping and how these related the surrounding land uses. Contact the Manager of Planning and Development to determine if your proposed development requires Site Plan Approval.

Pre-application Consultation is required prior to application(s) submission with the Town of Aylmer and applicable agencies.

Site Plan Control By-law 57-23

Application for Site Plan Approval:

The application fee is $1,500.00, as well as a non-refundable fee of $3,500 to cover engineering review costs (see fees and charges).

The application is available upon request and pre-consultation with the Manager of Planning and Development.

The Town of Aylmer Zoning By-law regulates the use of land, buildings and structures and the general use of property. It also protects environmentally and ecologically sensitive lands, natural heritage features and lands impacted by development.

It is recommend to review the Zoning By-law and Maps to identify which map and zoning information is applicable to your property.

Download the Town of Aylmer Zoning By-Law

Download the Town of Aylmer Zoning By-Law Maps

Application to amend the Zoning By-law:

After reviewing the Zoning for your property, if the use, building or structure you are proposing is not permitted on your property, you will require a zoning by-law amendment.

Zoning By-law Amendment Application

The application fee is $1,200.00 (see fees and charges).

This application is a fillable form and includes a area signed in front of a Commissioner of Oaths and Affidavits. Commissioning is available at the Town of Aylmer Townhall.

Applications can be submitted electronically or by paper copy to the Manager of Planning and Development.

Current Applications and Public Participation

Public Notices

Application Information

Submit Comments or Participate

Submit Written Input

Written correspondence to Council or other committee/boards can be submitted by email or in person at Townhall attention to the Manager of Planning and Development (46 Talbot St E Aylmer, ON N5H 1H4).

Attend a Public Meeting

Any member of the public can attend and speak at public meetings of Council. Planning applications generally include at least one public meeting where members of the public can provide feedback to Council or the Committee of Adjustment. Pre-registration is not required for in-person participation; if you wish to participate remotely, 24hrs notice provided to the Clerk or Deputy Clerk is requried.

Register to Participate or Provide a Delegation to Council

For matters without a scheduled public meeting, you can register to provide a delegation to Council or other committee/boards by email, in person at Townhall (46 Talbot St W N5H 1J7), or by calling 519-773-3164 ext 4913 (Deputy Clerk). Requests to provide delegation will be scheduled at the next appropriate meeting.

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