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Approval of a Plan of Subdivision
or Condominium Description


The City of Welland is the approval authority for proposed Plans of Subdivision and Condominiums.

Submission Requirements:

Rev. January 1, 2017

The Applicant is required to provide appropriate answers to all questions on the Application form.  It should be noted that if all prescribed information is not provided, the Application shall not be accepted.  The completed Application should be submitted, together with the required fees, and the following:

  1. Twenty-five (25) paper prints of the draft plan - folded not larger than legal size (8 ½” x 14”) SIGNED BY OWNER AND SURVEYOR.
    • the boundaries of the land proposed to be subdivided, certified by an Ontario Land Surveyor;
    • the locations, widths and names of the proposed highways within the proposed subdivision and of existing highways on which the proposed subdivision abuts;
    • on a small key plan, on a scale of not less than one centimetre to 100 metres, all of the land adjacent to the proposed subdivision that is owned by the Applicant or in which the Applicant has an interest, every subdivision adjacent to the proposed subdivision and the relationship of the boundaries of the land to be subdivided to the boundaries of the township lot or other original grant of which the land forms the whole or part;
    • the purpose for which the proposed lots are to be used;
    • the existing uses of all adjoining lands;
    • the approximate dimensions and layout of the proposed lots;
    • natural and artificial features such as buildings or other structures or installations, railways, highways, watercourses, drainage ditches, wetlands and wooded areas within or adjacent to the land proposed to be subdivided;
    • the availability and nature of domestic water supplies;
    • the nature and porosity of the soil;
    • existing contours or elevations as may be required to determine the grade of the highways and the drainage of the land proposed to be subdivided;
    • the municipal services available or to be available to the land proposed to be subdivided; and
    • the nature and extent of any restrictions affecting the land proposed to be subdivided, including restrictive covenants or easements.
    • All plans submitted for draft approval must have the appropriate stamp located on the plans in the same location as is indicated for the final plans (see below).
    • All plans submitted for final approval must have the appropriate stamp located on the originals and all copies directly below the certificate of registration.
    • Please see attached sheet indicating format and wording for required stamps.
    • NOTE:  All plans must be drawn to a useable metric scale (i.e. 1:500, 1:1000).  One (1) legible copy of the draft plan reduced to 21.6 cm x 35.6 cm (8 ½” x 14”) must be submitted with the Application.  Depending upon the scope of the Application, more copies of the draft plan may be required.  Please contact the Infrastructure and Development Services - Planning Division Staff for advice.
    • All plans and information on the Application must be in metric measurement (OR 544/06).

  2. A Draft Plan of the Subdivision is required in an electronic version of the Reference Plan in AutoCAD .DWG format in Version 14 or higher, with the following spatial characteristics:

    Map Projection: Universal Transverse Mercator

    Horizontal Datum: NAD83 Zone 17 North

    Horizontal Units: Metres

    The graphics in the drawing must be geographically positioned to 3rd order accuracy.  The City’s horizontal control network (UTM NAD83) may be used as a control reference and can be accessed on the City of Welland Internet Map Server at the following web address:


    Please email the electronic version to taylor.meadows@welland.ca, kevin.macdonald@welland.ca and jillian.richards@welland.ca indicating the Official Plan File Number and the name of the Applicant.

  3. Fifteen (15) copies of background information report on proposal.
  4. Six (6) copies of a preliminary Stormwater Management Report.
  5. Six (6) copies of a Phase I Environmental Audit Report for the lands included in the plan.
  6. A Preliminary Study to determine the location and status of any gas wells located on the subject land.
  7. Six (6) copies of an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) shall be submitted with the Application if it is determined, through pre-consultation with the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and/or Regional Niagara Planning and Development Staff, that such a Study is required.
  8. Supporting studies and information (e.g. noise, traffic, servicing, archaeological) which MAY be required.
  9. A Registered Deed, including a full legal description of the subject lands, must be provided.  As well, a copy of the parcel register “PIN Sheet” from the Land Registry Office is required.
  10. The Application fees (both City and Region) must accompany the Application.  Separate cheques should be made payable to the City of Welland and the Regional Municipality of Niagara.  All cheques should be forwarded to the City with the Application.  The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) Plan Review Fee, if required.  City Staff will screen the Application and advise if the NPCA fee is applicable.  The NPCA fee schedules are attached.
  11. Letter from Regional Municipality of Niagara indicating its awareness of the subdivision proposal.
  12. Evidence (legible photo) that the public notice sign has been posted, showing location(s) on site and date.
  13. All Applications should contain information to address the applicable issues as set out in the PROVINCIAL POLICY STATEMENT 2005 as provided by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.  If a proposal is affected by a Policy Statement which would require qualifying or mitigating studies (i.e. Policy 2.31b) then a study will be required to be submitted at the time of the Application.  Failure to do so may delay the City’s decision making process or could result in a decision to deny the Application as premature (insufficient information) due to the implementation of a timeframe for decision making under the Planning Act, as amended.  The Application shall state that the Plan is consistent with Policy Statements issued under Section 3(1) of the Planning Act.  Copies of the Policy Statements are available from the Publications Ontario Bookstore (800) 668-9938.
  14. The Applicant is required to complete the attached Environmental Site Screening Questionnaires and submit it with the Application.
  15. All Applicants are strongly urged to discuss the preliminary proposal with municipal staff as well as consult with the Regional Municipality of Niagara and affected Provincial Ministries and Agencies prior to any formal submission.  Please note the Regional Municipality of Niagara reviews proposals on behalf of several Provincial Ministries.  Attached, please find a list of some of these public bodies and the contact person.

City of Welland
60 East Main Street, Welland, Ontario L3B 3X4

  • Infrastructure and Development Services
    • Planning Division: Rachelle Larocque, Ext. 2310
    • Engineering Division: Scott Richardson, Ext. 2222
    • Traffic Division: Ali Khan, Ext. 2202

City of Welland
99 Federal Road, Welland, Ontario L3B 3P2

  • Infrastructure and Development Services
    • Public Works Division: Vince Beaudoin, Ext. 3004

City of Welland
75 Federal Road, Welland, Ontario L3B 3P2

  • Corporate Services
    • Transit Division: Dave Stuart, Ext. 3030

Welland Fire Department
636 King Street, Welland, Ontario L3B 3L1

  • Fire and Emergency Services: Adam Eckhart, Ext. 2400

Regional Municipality of Niagara
P.O. Box 1042, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Campbell West, Thorold, Ontario L2V 4T7

  • Planning and Development Services
    • Planning: Rory McNeil Ext. 3359
    • Engineering: Susan Dunsmore Ext. 3661

Ministry of Natural Resources
Niagara Area Office
4890 Victoria Avenue North, PO Box 5000, Vineland Station, Ontario L0R 2E0

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
250 Thorold Road, 3rd Floor, Welland, Ontario L3C 3W3

  • David Deluce, Ext. 224

Ministry of the Environment
West-Central Region, Technical Support Section, Air, Pesticides & Environmental Planning
12th Floor, 119 King Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4Y7

  • Barbara Slattery

N.B. This list is not comprehensive.

  1. Prior to a proposed draft plan of subdivision being circulated by the City of Welland, the Owner/Developer is required to erect at least one sign on the property to be subdivided. This sign is intended for the information of interested persons.
  2. The sign must have a minimum display area of 50 square feet. Larger signs may be used for large developments or where visibility is a problem.
  3. The sign shall have the following components:
    1. City of Welland identification;
    2. the words "Public Notice" in bold lettering;
    3. the words "Proposed Subdivision" and the name, if any, of the subdivision;
    4. a subdivision map, coloured and drawn to show subdivision pattern, proposed land uses, roadways, pedestrian ways, prominent natural features;
    5. a legend and an arrow indicating the north direction;
    6. at the bottom of the sign, the following must be included:
      "This proposed plan of subdivision has been submitted to the City of Welland for approval. Persons wishing to express an opinion OR MAKE FURTHER INQUIRIES should write or phone Planning and Development Services - Planning Division, City of Welland, 60 East Main Street, Welland, Ontario. L3B 3X4 (905) 735-1700, Extension 2251.
      NOTE: The Planning Act provides for the referral of subdivision plans by individuals to the Ontario Land Tribunal only if such a request is received by the City prior to Council's decision."
    7. the sign must be dated prominently. The date to be used should be on or about the date of posting. Revised signs must include a revision date.

  4. The following colour scheme should be used on all signs:

    Single-family detached - yellow
    Semi-detached - orange
    Townhouses - dark orange
    Apartments - brown

    COMMERCIAL - red

    INDUSTRIAL - purple

    PARK-OPEN SPACE - green


  5. The sign must be prominently displayed on the property and legible from abutting roadways. If the property abuts more than one major roadway, and the subdivision is of substantial size, a sign will be required for each frontage on a major roadway.
    1. Staff of Planning and Development Services - Planning Division will assist in choosing a suitable location or locations if requested.
  6. Prior to the proposed plan being circulated, Planning and Development Services - Planning Division must be in possession of a coloured photograph which shows the sign or signs on the property.