An Official Plan is a statutory document that sets out land use policies to guide future development and manage growth in the City of Markham. If an applicant proposes to develop a property differently than what the Official Plan prescribes, they must apply for an amendment to the Official Plan. This Official Plan application process may take approximately nine to 12 months on average to complete.
Zoning By-laws regulate land use (residential, commercial, industrial, etc.) and development standards for building on a property (lot size, height, frontage, etc.). If an applicant proposes to develop a property differently than what the Zoning By-law(s) prescribes, they must apply for an amendment to the Zoning By-law (Rezoning). This Zoning Application Process (200k/2p) may take approximately nine to 12 months on average to complete.
A subdivision is a parcel of land that has been divided into several blocks or lots. It identifies the exact surveyed boundaries and dimensions of the blocks and lots on which buildings are to be built, location, street names, and locations for parks, schools and other community facilities. If an applicant proposes to create new separate parcels of land that can be legally be used for the sale of lots, then they must apply for a Plan of Subdivision.
A plan of subdivision must be approved by Council (Draft Plan Approval) and registered in order for the blocks and lots to be legally sold or conveyed separately. The Draft Plan Approval Process (200k/2p) may take approximately nine to 12 months on average to obtain and Registration of the Plan may take up to three years, depending on the applicant meeting all the conditions of Draft Plan Approval.
Applications for Official Plan Amendment, Zoning Amendment, and Draft Plan of Subdivision can be applied for together under one Planning Project (PLAN)