MP&D has the expertise and experience to offer a comprehensive range of land use planning and development services, including the following:

- Site Plans>
- Subdivisions>
- Condominiums>
- Zoning By-law Amendments>
- Official Plan Amendments>
- OMB Hearings>
- Variances>
- Severances>
- Development Charges>
- Development Feasibility Analysis>
- Public Consultation>


Site Plans

MP&D excels at understanding both the needs of our clients and the underlying planning contexts that govern and direct their projects. With both these understandings in mind, we are able to effectively organize and illustrate physical layouts and site plans. A site plan drawing delineates the arrangement of existing and proposed site conditions. MP&D prepares site plan drawings defined by their attention to detail, their clear and cohesive physical design, and their ability to achieve approvals.

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Subdivisions

MP&D has a proven record of preparing Plans of Subdivision in a variety of contexts for a diverse set of clients across Ontario. A Plan of Subdivision is required when a large tract of land is divided into a set of lots for development. Our approach to Plans of Subdivision relies on our ability to navigate regulatory frameworks and work closely with fellow consultants and approval authorities.

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Condominiums

On the basis of our broad experience with residential and commercial development projects, MP&D has developed a strong record of preparing Plans of Condominium. We rely on our ability to understand relevant planning legislation, to collaborate with community stakeholders, and to devise creative solutions to prepare sound Plans of Condominium.

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Zoning By-law Amendments

If a proposed development conforms to a municipality’s official plan but conflicts with its zoning by-law, an application to amend the zoning by-law is required to move the development forward. MP&D has extensive experience with the planning analysis, project management, and negotiation skills inherent to obtaining zoning by-law amendment approvals.

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Official Plan Amendments

An Official Plan Amendment application is required If a property owner wishes to use or develop their land in a way which conflicts with a municipality’s official plan. MP&D’s approach relies on our deep knowledge of planning policy and our strong communication and negotiation skills to achieve official plan amendment approvals.

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OMB Hearings

The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is an independent tribunal which operates under the authority of provincial legislation. In the context of the planning process, the OMB provides an independent public forum in which land use disputes are heard and decided upon. MP&D has a strong record of experience in preparing and delivering expert testimony backed by our professional planning expertise.

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Variances

A minor variance is an approval required when a proposed change does not conform exactly to a zoning by-law, but is deemed to be minor in nature and in accordance with its general intent. For example, site constraints may prevent a setback distance from being met, or, may prevent a parking ratio from being achieved. To obtain a minor variance, an application must be submitted to a local approval authority for consideration. MP&D has a strong record of preparing applications and receiving approvals for minor variances

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Severances

The process required to authorize the division of property into a smaller number of lots (usually less than five) is known as consent, or sometimes, land severance. A consent application is required when a property owner wants to sell, mortgage, charge or enter into an agreement for a portion of their land. MP&D has the experience and ability to produce supporting materials and provide sound planning rationale to approval authorities. In this way, we ensure the efficient and accurate division of land.

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Development Charges

Provincial legislation provides municipalities with the ability to collect Development Charges (DC’s) for new construction projects. DC’s are used to help offset the cost of municipal services such as sewers, roads, fire, emergency services, etc. School Boards are also empowered to levy DC’s to fund the acquisition of land for new schools. MP&D specializes in the interpretation of municipal development charge bylaws. We advise our clients on the standard application of the bylaws to ensure the charges are being applied in accordance with Act. We also file complaints under the legislation regarding overpayment of charges, and represent clients through the appeal process at the Ontario Municipal Board.

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Development Feasibility Analysis

A development feasibility analysis is a tool used to understand and assess the quality and range of opportunities and constraints presented by a certain development scenario. MP&D utilizes our understanding of the economic, environmental, and planning contexts that influence development to provide our clients with the information they need to guide their decisions.

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Public Consultation

MP&D sees public consultation is an integral aspect of the planning and development process. Our comprehensive understanding of planning policy and our commitment to effective communication result in public meetings where all stakeholders leave feeling well informed.

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