Zoning, Planning and Development

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Township of Champlain supports property owners and investors by providing advice on a broad range of development applications including local Official Plan Amendments, Zoning By-Law Amendments, Minor Variances, Consent Application Reviews, Site Plan Approvals and Part Lot Control.

The Township of Champlain strongly recommends that any investor or property owner considering a development application, pre-consult with the Township’s Senior Planner prior to submitting an application.

Email the Township’s Senior Planner to request a pre-consultation meeting or to obtain advice on any of the following applications.

Planning User Fees

Township User Fees (whole document)

Official Plan

The Official Plan for the Urban Areas of the Township of Champlain establishes a long term vision for development within the village areas of Vankleek Hill and L’Original. The local Official Plan determines the location of housing, industrial uses offices, and shopping as well as goals for infrastructure, growth and community improvement. This local Official Plan was prepared based on the findings provided in the 2012 Land Needs Background Study prepared by JL Richards.

If your project or proposal does not align with the policies contained within the local Official Plan, you will require an Official Plan Amendment. The 2021 application processing fee for a local Official Plan Amendment is $3,500.

Official Plan for the Urban Areas of the Township of Champlain (Bylaw 2012-85)


Official Plan Appendix A Village Design Guidelines

Background Land Needs Study (2012) 

Schedule A1 – L’Orignal 
Schedule A2 – L’Orignal 
Schedule A3- L’Orignal
Schedule B1 – Vankleek Hill 
Schedule B2 – Vankleek Hill

Application Form - Official Plan Modification

 Zoning By-Law

Zoning by-laws are the implementing tool for the Official Plans. The Zoning By-law directs how individual land and parcels may be used, where buildings may be located, what type of building is permitted as well as building height, parking ratios and setbacks.

If your project does not align with the regulations contained within the Township of Champlain Zoning By-Law 2000-75, you will require an application for a Zoning By-Law Amendment. The 2021 application processing fee for a Zoning By-Law Amendment is $2,500.

Township of Champlain Zoning By-Law 2000-75 

Schedule A. Longueuil ZBL (April 9, 2018 version)

Schedule B. West Hawkesbury North ZBL (April 9, 2018 version)

Schedule C. West Hawkesbury South ZBL (April 9, 2018 version)

Schedule D. Vankleek Hill ZBL (April 9, 2018 version)

Schedule E. L'Orignal ZBL (April 9, 2018 version)

Application Form

 Minor Variance

A minor variance is a small variation from the requirements of the zoning bylaw. In order to qualify for a minor variance, the proposal must continue to conform to the applicable Official Plan policies. A minor variance approval is a certificate of permission, allowing a property owner to obtain a building permit if specific criteria can be met. In most cases, an application for minor variance must be accompanied with necessary supporting materials, including a proposed site plan, survey and/or other technical studies.

Minor variances are approved by the Committee of Adjustment. The 2021 application processing fee for a Minor Variance is $1,200.

Township of Champlain Committee of Adjustment Terms of Reference

Township of Champlain Committee of Adjustment By-law 2015-12

Application Form

 Site Plan Control

Site plan control bylaws are planning tools used to establish areas where site plan control will be applied. The entire geographical area of the Corporation of the Township of Champlain is designated as a site plan control area. Approval of plans and drawings is required in accordance with Section 41 of the Planning Act before development is undertaken. This bylaw primarily applies to large residential projects, commercial development and industrial development. 

The 2021 application processing fee for Site Plan Approval is $2,500. Additional legal fees may apply. Pre-consultation is required prior to application for Site Plan Approval.

Township of Champlain Site Plan Control (By-law 2018-11)
Site Plan and Subdivision Design Guidelines

Application Form

 Part Lot Control

Part Lot Control is a provision under the Planning Act that regulates the transfer or sale of part of a lot or block within a registered plan of subdivision. The Town uses this provision to prevent the further dividing of lots or blocks within a plan of subdivision, after that plan has been registered.

The 2021 application processing fees for Removal of Part Lot Control (Municipal By-law) is $375.

Application Form

 Subdivision and Servicing Agreement

In the Township of Champlain, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell are the Approval Authority for draft plans of subdivision. Once a draft plan of subdivision is approved, the developer may be required to sign a subdivision agreement with the Township of Champlain. This subdivision agreement outlines the extent of services such as sidewalks, utilities, and roads are provided by the developer.

The 2021 application fees for the registration of subdivision agreements is $3,700. Additional legal fees associated with the registration of these agreements may apply. The Township of Champlain also charges $150 per dwelling unit  or block or a minimum of $3,500 based on the draft plan of subdivision as part of the subdivision agreement.

Site Plan and Subdivision Design Guidelines

Township of Champlain Pre-Servicing Policy (By-law 2014-52) 

 Removal of Holding (H) Provisions

Holding designations and by-laws allow future uses for land or buildings but delay development until, for example, local services, such as roads, are in place. Existing holding designations are identified in the zoning by-law and schedules. Holding provisions may only be removed upon the submission of necessary reports and/or completion of required subdivision or servicing agreement. The 2021 application processing fee for the removal of the Holding Provision is $500.

Site Plan and Subdivision Design Guidelines

Application Form - Removal of Holding Provisions

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