Planning Services

Planning Services

 Municipal Planning Services

Working on a community scale, Quartek has experience helping towns, and municipalities develop practical policies that are suited to the local context, protect the public interest, and promote sustainable growth. These projects are carried out in close consultation with local municipal staff, residents, Councils, and the appropriate approval authorities.  We have successfully worked in urban and rural settings at various community scales. In the course of our experience, we have undertaken the development review function on behalf of municipalities and developed zoning bylaws, secondary plans, local official plans and urban design studies, and provide professional planning representation at Ontario Municipal Board Hearings.

Consent and Minor Variances

The planning team at Quartek Group have experience working for municipal governments and are skilled in obtaining consents to sever parcels of land and minor variances for small or large developments. They are knowledgeable about Committee of Adjustment processes and the types of requests that can be supported from a policy and a zoning perspective.

The planners have a sound understanding of the provincial plans and local policies and are highly successful in obtaining consent and minor variance approvals in urban and rural areas.

Official Plans & Zoning By-Laws

Official Plans and Zoning By-Laws are municipal planning documents authored in partnership with the community and designed to guide and direct future growth. New development is required to conform to these local planning regulations. In the event that a development proposal does not comply with these policies, amendments may be necessary. Quartek Group offers full service for local planning regulations from creating these documents on behalf of local municipalities to making applications to amend the documents specific to needs of a proposed development.

Plans of Subdivision/Condominium

A proposal to subdivide property into two or more parcels can be done through either Draft Plan of Subdivision or Draft Plan of Condominium. Depending on the proposal, there may be advantages to using one over the other. For example, Condominiums can offer more development flexibility, but may also require a greater upfront investment to the developer. Our Planning staff offer considerable experience in preparing applications for Draft Plan of Subdivision/Condominium and have a high success rate in approvals. We also offer services to remove Draft Plan conditions and negotiate fair subdivision agreements.

Urban Design

Urban design is about making connections between people and places, movement and urban form, nature and the built fabric. It is a multi-discipline art of creating a quality public realm. Many municipalities now require urban design elements to be incorporated into new developments for approval. The design team at Quartek offer a full range of Urban Design services from drafting Urban Design guidelines on behalf of municipalities to providing illustrations for development proposals.

Judicial Proceedings

Based on professional experience and education, Quartek Planners have been qualified to provide professional planning opinion evidence at various judicial and quasi-judicial proceedings including Ontario Municipal Board Hearings, the Environmental Review Tribunal and Provincial Courts on various land use matters. Working together with legal counsel solutions are often mediated with parties through minutes of settlement and/or scoped to reduce hearing time and minimize costs.