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Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw

Project Overview

We're updating the requirements and standards for subdivision and development of land inside the city boundary

About the bylaw

The Subdivision and Development Servicing bylaw establishes the requirement and standard for the construction of Works and Services in connection with Subdivision and Development of Land.

Works and Services include:

  • Highways, lanes, and walkways
  • Curb, Gutters, and Boulevard
  • Water Systems
  • Sanitary Systems
  • Sewer Systems
  • Drainage
  • Street lighting
  • Landscaping
  • Electrical, Telecommunication and Gas Distribution.

Why are we making changes?

The last major update occurred in 2013. In 2015, the City developed a Transportation Master Plan which proposes changes to a number of the road cross-sections. There have also been changes requested by City staff and the development community based on construction and maintenance of infrastructure and clarification on administration. 

Overview of the proposed changes

Some of the major changes in the bylaw include:

  • Reorganization of the bylaw.
  • Increasing the maintenance period for Landscaping works from one to two years.
  • Creation of a Maintenance Agreement to provide options to developers.
    • A Maintenance Agreement allows for the works and services to be installed on private land prior to subdivision or building permit approval. Only 10% of the estimated construction cost is required for security.
    • A Servicing Agreement allows for subdivision or building permit approval prior to any works being installed. 100% of the estimated construction cost is required for security.
  • Schedule numbering has changed.
  • The road cross sections have been updated to better accommodate utilities and correspond with the Transportation Master Plan.
  • An additional requirement has been added for driveway design. Now asked to provide one 6m parking space per lot.
  • The road structure has changed slightly to increase the design life from 15 years to 30 years.
  • Added the requirement for Developer’s to provide and install street lights.
  • Sanitary main location has been moved from the boulevard to underneath the asphalt surface.
  • Increased the minimum depth of cover over storm mains from 1.2m to 2.7m.
  • Added the requirement that all storm water systems must meet Fisheries and Oceans Canada Land Development criteria for treatment and sediment removal.
  • Added the requirement for an erosion and sediment control plan.
  • Added requirement of a registered covenant for on-site (private) storm runoff control structures to ensure proper maintenance of the system.
  • The proposed road cross sections include street trees. A Landscaping schedule was created to specify the planting requirements.

Read the current and draft bylaw

View the DRAFT Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw No. 2405.

View the current Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw No. 2120, 2013.

View the Committee of the Whole Report and Presentation from March 11.


Presentation to Council (Early 2019)

Referral Period (Mid 2019)

Finish Draft of Bylaw (Mid 2019)

Present Bylaw to Council for formal adoption (Mid 2020)

Get Involved

Engagement Opportunity:

Please submit any questions, comments or concerns you have in writing by May 15, 2019 at 4:30 pm.

Comments can be submitted to:

Jim Stewart
Engineering Manager