Development Services - Planning
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Development Services - Planning 

All development in Carleton Place is directed by two documents; the Official Plan and the Development Permit By-law. The Town recommends that you discuss any development or construction with the planning department before commencing work.

County of Lanark

The County of Lanark has the authority to approve consents (severances), plans of subdivision and condominium, condominium exemptions, part-lot control by-laws, local Official Plan Amendments and local Official Plan 5-Year Reviews.  
The amendment applies to the Municipality of Mississippi Mills.  A Public Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 5:30pm in the Lanark County Council Chambers, 99 Christie Lake Road, Perth, Ontario with respect an amendment to Section 5.5.3 Areas of Natural and Scientific Interest  (ANSI) to provide for different types of designations and to add Schedule A1 to identify and designate the different  types of ANSI designations.

The Official Plan 

The Official Plan is the Town's land use planning and policy document. Its general purpose is to establish land use designations and policies for the physical development and redevelopment of the Town. Official Plan policies are adopted by Council to define basic goals, objectives and directions for the coordinated growth and development of the Town. It provides a framework for municipal regulations including the Development Permit By-law and the subdivision of land.

The Development Permit Bylaw

The Town of Carleton Place uses a Development Permit By-law in place of a Zoning By-law, Site Plan By-law and Minor Variance. 
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All development that takes place in the Town is required to conform to the Town’s Development Permit By-law. This document controls the use of land in the community by defining how land may be used, where buildings and structures can be located, what types of buildings and structures are permitted and how they can be used. In addition, the Development Permit By-law regulates such things as lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks from the street. The Town is divided into different land use designations, representing residential, commercial, industrial and other land uses. The Development Permit By-law also includes design criteria that is geared towards protecting and enhancing the existing beauty of our town.


No building permit will be issued for construction that is not in conformity with the Town’s Development Permit By-law.

Current Applications

Image of Map that links to page for current development applicationsYou are invited to submit your comments regarding proposed developments, when available. Your comments will be reviewed by the Planning Department and the applicant. Comments are due 15 days after the development proposal has been posted. 

The applicant is required to consider all received comments and submit adjustments, if any, along with all other required supporting documents or technical studies prior to the application being deemed complete. Status updates are available online when received. If you require further information this can be obtained at the Planning Department of the Town of Carleton Place at 175 Bridge Street. 

(Properties that have applications within the commenting period are highlighted in red)

Comments can be provided at this link.  PLEASE NOTE: Comments made by letter, email or through the website commenting page, including commentors name and address, will be shared with Town staff, the developer, the applicant, the property owner and are part of public record.


Current Planning Applications:

DP3-05-2017 - (Formerly DP2-06-2017) -  The Class II Development Permit application for 17 Moore Street has been BUMPED TO A CLASS III application.  

The property is designated Mississippi Transitional Sector.  The applicant is proposing to construct a three storey mixed use building to include a restaurant space with a patio, office space and six residential apartment units. The developer is requesting a reduction in vehicle parking spaces from 20 to 12 and a reduction in bicycle parking spaces from 19 to 8.  Relief to allow parking in the front yard for one barrier free/loading space is also requested as well as recognizing the existing lot frontage of 19m.


The commenting period is over for this application.

This application will be presented to the Planning and Protection Committee at 7:00 pm on September 19, 2017 in the Council Chambers of the Carleton Place Town Hall at 175 Bridge Street, Carleton Place.


DP2-05-2017 -  An application for a Class II Development Permit has been received for the vacant lot at the corner of Townline Road East and Carleton Street, locally known as 175 Townline Road East.  The property is designated Residential District in the Development Permit By-law and the Official Plan. The applicant is proposing to construct a three storey residential building to include nine residential stacked townhouse units.  The developer is requesting a variance to recognize the existing frontage of 30.48m as well as a variance to the required usable landscaped open space in the rear yard from 20% to 6.8%.  Please see the links below for further information.


The commenting period is over for this application.


DP3-04-2017  - An application for a Class III Development Permit has been received for 150 Mill St (McArthur Island). The property is designated Strategic Property in the Development Permit By-law and Official Plan.  The applicant is proposing to re-develop the existing building (the McArthur Woolen Mill) into 58 residential units as the first phase of a multi-phased project.  As per Section 2.19 of the Development Permit By-law this application is being circulated for preliminary comments to assist the developer in finalizing drawings, technical studies and reports prior to providing a complete application for re-circulation to those parties who provided comment and the scheduling of a public meeting.   Please see the links below for further information.

Sign Notice            Site Plan Setbacks            Building Drawings

The commenting period is over for this application.

Submitting an Application

A pre-consultation with the Planning Department is required prior to submitting an application. 
An Official Plan Amendment is an application process whereby policies or land use designations within the Town's Official Plan can be changed.  A Development Permit Amendment is an application process whereby policies or land use designations within the Town's Development Permit By-Law can be changed.
All development in Carleton Place requires approval. To get a development permit agreement an application must be submitted. Four streams of approval have been developed, with specific classes used for different types of development. The Planning Department will determine what class the permit falls under at the pre-consultation meeting.
The following applications can be downloaded and filed electronically or paper copies are available at the Town Hall. Please submit completed applications to the Planning Department for review.  Please refer to the contact list at the top of this page.

Fillable Development Permit Applications


Accessible Development Permit Applications

 Application Type  Description  Application  Link


A subdivision or condominium is a process through which a parcel or parcels of land are divided into lots or blocks. The County of Lanark is the approval authority for subdivision plans. To access the application please click the link to the Lanark County page.

 Lanark County application page 

Part Lot Control

Part Lot Control is a means of severing land within a registered subdivision. The approval authority for removing part lot control is Lanark County. To access the application please click the link to the Lanark County page.

 Lanark County application page


A Severance is a process through which an existing parcel of land is divided into two or more parcels of land (with a maximum of 4 lots, 1 retained, 3 severed)

Lanark County application page

Fees Schedule 

There are fees associated with all development in Carleton Place. Please see the Fee Schedule link below for Development Permit Agreement fees.  Fees associated to building development and sewer and water can be found on the Development Services-Building page.
Planning Fee By-law                      Fee Schedule