Planning & Development

Official Plan

The purpose of the Official Plan is to guide the physical development of the Town of Deep River by articulating policies and land use designations that describe and promote the desired future form of the Town.

The Official Plan is the Town's policy document. All planning activities should be consistent with Official Plan policies. In Deep River, the Official Plan attempts to create a planning framework "that will foster growth, development and diversification while ensuring that the unique character of the Town is maintained".

Official Plan Amendment $1000.00

Official Plan - January 2018

Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw

The Zoning Bylaw is the document that implements Official Plan policies. The Zoning Bylaw must be considered when undertaking virtually any new construction project and many renovation projects. Planning staff administer the Town's Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw, 24-96 as amended, and will work with proponents to help interpret the by-law and work through any issues that may result.

Proponents may also wish to consult the Zoning Bylaw when purchasing property or establishing a new business. Again, Town staff will be available to help interpret the by-law and deal with any resulting issues.

Zoning Bylaw Amendment $1000.00

Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw 20-2020

Map - Schedule A to Zoning bylaw 20-2020 

Site Plan Control

The Planning Act of Ontario grants municipalities the authority to review and approve site plans for certain types of development in accordance with established municipal requirements. Site Plan Control Review, an integral component of the municipal planning and development review process, focuses on the technical issues of site design rather than land use. In Deep River, commercial, industrial institutional and medium and high-density housing projects are subject to site plan control. Planning staff administer the site plan control by-law and are available for pre-consultation with applicants. Applications for site plan approval should be submitted to planning staff.

Site Plan Application $500.00
Site Plan Amendment $250.00

Site Plan Control Application Form

Minor Variance

The Committee of Adjustment is appointed by Council to deal with minor problems in meeting municipal zoning by-law provisions. Minor Variances provide flexibility so that developments which do not precisely meet the requirements of a Zoning Bylaw may still proceed. Obtaining a minor variance involves an application to the Committee of Adjustment by submission of an application and appropriate fee, followed by a public hearing, full consideration of the proposal, and a decision rendered. Once the 20 day appeal period has expired, the committee's decision is binding. A minor variance does not change the existing by-law, but rather provides relief from specific requirements of the by-law to suit special circumstances, for a site-specific property.

There are four key tests that the Committee considers when evaluating applications:

  1. The variance should be minor
  2. It should be desirable for the appropriate development or use of the land, building or structure.
  3. It should maintain the general intent of the Zoning Bylaw.
  4. It should maintain the general intent and purpose of the Official Plan.

Minor Variance Application $400.00

Consent / Severance

The County of Renfrew reviews and deals with all Consent/Severance applications for the Town of Deep River. Consent/Severance means the authorized separation of a piece of land to form two new adjoining properties, when a registered plan of subdivision is not considered necessary for the proper and orderly development of a municipality. In addition to the division of land, rights-of-way, easements and any change to your existing property boundaries also require land severance approval. Planning staff at the County of Renfrew are available to review the Official Plan policies and Zoning Bylaw provisions which will affect applications for variance or consents. You can reach the County of Renfrew Planning Department at 613 735-3204.

Severance Application $1200.00

Link to County of Renfrew Consent Guide and Application

Notice of Passing of a Zoning By-Law

Notice of Passing of a Zoning By-Law - 21-2022: PLAN 323 PT BLK SS - Hammond Court and Ridge Road Notice of Passing of a Zoning By-Law - 22-2022: PLAN 295 BLK M - 12 MacDonald Street

Submitting a Planning Application

Town of Deep River Fees Official Plan Amendment $1000.00 Zoning Bylaw Amendment $1000.00 Minor Variance Application $400.00 Severance Application $600.00 Site Plan Application $500.00 Site Plan Amendment $250.00 Development Agreement...