Town of Huntsville
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Planning Services

Official Plan

The Official Plan is a policy to guide future development within a strong framework of environmental preservation.

Zoning By-law

The Huntsville Zoning By-Law provides the Town with a way to co-ordinate land uses and contains specific regulations for permitted uses on each lot.

The Zoning By-law also outlines the lot requirements such as setbacks for buildings, height of buildings, number of residential units, setbacks from the water and parking requirements.


The following documents will provide information regarding future development within the Town of Huntsville:

Development Related Documents

The Planning Department reviews and provides advice to applicants with respect to the following:

  • Consents (Severances) (includes division of property, boundary adjustments and registering an easement or right-of-way)
  • Minor Variances (granted to allow a change in zoning requirements such as setbacks, building height and parking)
  • Zoning Amendments (required to bring proposed development into compliance with Zoning By-Law)
  • Site Plans (all industrial, commercial, institutional, multiple residential and waterfront residential are subject to Site Plan Control)
  • Official Plan Amendments (required to make changes to the Official Plan)
  • Subdivision and Condominium Developments

For all Planning Applications, Information Pamphlets and Related Fees please see our Planning Forms and Applications page.

How long does the Application Process take?

The Planning Department has developed a chart to outline the timelines for Planning Applications, including circulations and Appeal Process.

What is the deadline for Planning Applications?

In order to meet Statutory Circulation deadlines under the Planning Act, applications must be received a minimum of one week prior to circulation.  This will ensure the application is placed on the agenda for the next Committee of Adjustment or Planning and Design Committee meeting, which are held on a monthly basis.

Site Plan Approval

The following is a complete guide for the Town's Site Plan Requirements

  • A Site Plan Agreement is required prior to issuance of a Building Permit.
  • All waterfront lots are required to have a 15 m buffer zone from the high water mark that remains in its natural state. The only exception is a small (25% of the width of the lot to a maximum of 15m) amenity area.
  • The Town requires a minimum Security Deposit in the amount of $2,000 to be held while the development is occurring and is returned upon completion of construction and landscaping to the Town's satisfaction.
  • Site Plans require drawings that show buildings, driveways, parking areas, pedestrian walkways, sidewalks, landscaping fences, drains, septic, well and Municipal services and are comprised of five key drawings:
    • Site Plan
    • Landscape Plan
    • Storm Water Management Plan
    • Building Perspective and
    • Servicing Plan
  • Revegetation of Shoreline Buffer Area Policy
  • Information Pamphlet
  • Site Plan Guidelines
  • Site Plan Requirements

Use of Shore Road Allowances

For more information please contact the Planning Department.

Who to Contact

Town of Huntsville
Jasmine Last
Customer Service Representative, Planning

Phone: (705) 789-1751
In Person: 37 Main St East
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