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Planning & Development Services

The Planning Department is responsible for providing assistance to residents respecting development - big and small.

Whether its a question about permitted uses on your property or an inquiry about setbacks, we're available to answer your questions.

Contact Information

Niki Dwyer
Director of Development Services 

Tyler Duval
Senior Planner

Jennifer Hughes
Planning Clerk/Administrator 

Interactive Mapping Program

Image showing a map of the Town with a grid overlayView the Interactive Property Map - The mapping tool is provided for convenience and general information purposes for residents.  Residents should not act, or refrain from acting, based upon information in this interactive map without independently verifying the information and, as necessary obtaining professional advice regarding your particular facts and circumstances.

Comprehensive Review

The Town of Carleton Place has initiated a Comprehensive Review to evaluate the options for growth planning and management of the Town to the year 2038 . We want to ensure that EVERYONE, including residents, businesses and developers, have a say in the Comprehensive Review process. This survey will provide you with the opportunity to contribute and share your insights!

Please visit the Comprehensive Review page for more information

County of Lanark

The County of Lanark has the authority to approve consents (severances), plans of subdivision and condominium, part-lot control by-laws, local Official Plan Amendments and local Official Plan 10-Year Reviews. Lanark County's Sustainable Communities Official Plan. The Town of Carleton Place facilitates the consultation and provides recommendations on applications.  For more information about filing an application please contact the Planning Department.

The Official Plan

The Official Plan is a fundamental policy that provides the framework for how development and growth will occur within the Town.  

The vision of the Official Plan is to "maintain and celebrate our heritage through balanced and sustainable growth which will support a sense of place respectful of our unique historical, cultural and natural heritage where citizens can enjoy an unparalleled quality of life."

Development Permit By-law

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. 

Similar to a Zoning Bylaw, the Development Permit Bylaw provides permitted uses and setbacks for properties in different "designated areas" in Town.

The Bylaw also includes prescriptive Design Guidelines for each area of Town.


Notices and Public Meetings

NOTICE OF DECISION - 347 Franktown Road - In accordance with Section 34 and 70.2 of the Planning Act for the Amendment of the Development Permit By-law

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Town of Carleton Place passed By-law 137-2021 on the 7th day of December 2021, under Section 34 and 70.2 of the Planning Act, R.S.O., 1990.

THE SUBJECT LANDS of By-law 137-2021 are limited to the property known as locally as 347 Franktown Road. A copy of the By-law is available on the Town’s website for review.

THE PURPOSE OF THE AMENDMENT is to recognize the subject lands as “Institutional – Special Exception (Holding)” designation. The subject lands are proposed to be developed into a multi-phased retirement community.

Please see the Full Notice for more information.

Current Applications

Residents are encouraged to provide comments on any open application listed below. Comments can be provided using our website form, or by contacting the planner responsible for the review. Residents interested in renovating, developing or redeveloping their properties are encouraged to contact the Planning Department to confirm if a development application is required. If you have confirmed that an application is indeed necessary, fillable forms can be found below.

Mississippi Shores Blocks 207 and 208

The Town of Carleton Place has received an application for a Class II Development Permit for privately owned lands located on O’Donovan Drive in the Mississippi Shores Subdivision (legally described as Blocks 207 and 208 on PLAN 27M-101; Town of Carleton Place).

The property is designated “Residential” in both the Development Permit By-law and Official Plan.

The purpose of the application is to permit the construction of four (4) apartment dwelling houses. Each three-story building will include eighteen (18) residential dwelling units for a total of 72 residential units on the subject lands. The site plan also includes the construction of underground and surface parking as well as landscape amenity space for the units. A portion of the subject lands are located within the 1:100-year floodplain, however the site plan development does not propose grading impacts within the floodplain.

The proposal seeks to recognize a variance from the provisions to provide 20% landscaped open space within the defined “rear yard” of the site. Instead, the design includes 53% landscaped open space over the entire site with a planned amenity space concentrated on the northern end of the site abutting Lake Avenue West. 

Please note that any written or verbal submissions (including your name but excluding personal contact information) will form part of the public record and be made available to Town Council and the public. Comments can be submitted to the Planning Department in the following manner:

1. By visiting the Applications Comment Form
2. By email:  
3. By mail to: Planning Dept. Town of Carleton Place, 175 Bridge Street, Carleton Place ON K7C 2V8.

Residential Subdivisions

The Town of Carleton Place is a highly sought-after community in the Ottawa valley.  Presently the Town has five (5) major subdivisions in development.

Carleton Landing North

Approved in 2017, Carleton Landing North is presently in its 4th phase of a 6-phase development.  With an array of single, semis and townhomes, this subdivision will result in the creation of 450 new family homes south of Cavanagh Road. 

Developer:  Pegasus

Builder: Olympia Homes

Number of Dwellings: 450

Phasing Plan

Miller's Crossing

Welcome to Miller’s Crossing, an exclusive Cardel Homes subdivision.  Under construction since 2017, Cardel is preparing for the completion of the final phase of the development.  Phase 3 of the subdivision offers spacious single detached and semi-detached dwellings, a number of which back onto parkland and large rural lots in Beckwith Township.

Developer: Cardel Homes

Builder: Cardel Homes

Number of Dwellings: 275

Phasing Plan

Coleman Central

This centrally located residential community provides residents easy access to an array of commercial uses right next door.  Developed by Cavanagh Developments Ltd., Coleman Central is entering its 2nd phase of construction and will introduce a stacked-townhome model to the existing available semi and street townhomes. 

Developer: Cavanagh Developments Ltd.

Builders: Grizzley Homes, Doyle Homes, Landrick Homes, Longwood Builders

Number of Dwellings: 300

Phasing Plan

Mississippi Shores

Mississippi Shores (formerly Bodnar Subdivision) is the most recent residential community approved in Carleton Place.  Draft approved in 2018, site preparation and early servicing has begun with the registration of Phase 1 of the subdivision to occur in late 2021.  As one of the largest subdivisions undertaken in Carleton Place, Mississippi Shores will see the creation of a mix of types of houses by a variety of builders.

Developer: Cavanagh Developments Ltd.

Builder: Patten Homes, Cardel Homes, NeilCorp

Number of Dwellings: 560

Concept Plan

Taber Street (Jackson Ridge)

Tucked away in the recently completed Jackson Ridge Subdivision, residents will find the Taber Street townhome subdivision.  This limited development will fill in the remaining lands within the Jackson Ridge neighbourhood.

Developer: Cavanagh Developments Ltd.

Builder: Patten Homes

Number of Dwellings: 20

Phasing Plan

Living In A New Subdivision

The Town of Carleton Place would like to welcome our new residents and are glad you chose to call Carleton Place home! 

We have created a guide that is directed toward residents who have moved into a new home, and into a new development within the Town of Carleton Place. In this guide you will information about Subdivision Assumption, making changes to your property, site alterations and grading, rear yard catch basins, fences and decks and street and sidewalk maintenance.

Living In A New Subdivision Guide

Filing an Application

Residents interested in renovating, developing or redeveloping their properties are encouraged to contact the Planning Department to confirm if a development application is required. If you have confirmed that an application is indeed necessary, fillable forms can be found below: 

Development Permit Applications

Fee Schedule

There are fees associated with all development in Carleton Place. Fees associated to building development and sewer and water can be on the Building Department page.

Affordable Housing Initiatives

The Town of Carleton Place is committed to doing its part to regulate and incentivize the creation and stabilization of affordable housing in the community. As with many communities across Canada, Carleton Place has seen a significant inflation in ownership and rental housing prices within the community. At this time, Council has provided direction to staff to take a deep look at policies and programs that the Town can offer to create affordable housing locally. PDF - Carleton Place Affordable Housing Initiatives.

Affordable Housing Grant

The Town of Carleton Place is pleased to introduce a grant program to eligible property owners to facilitate the construction of additional residential units in accordance with Ontario Regulation 299/19. Please see the info sheet below for more information.

Affordable Housing Grant Info Sheet

Affordable Housing Grant Fillable Application

Secondary Suites

Please see the Secondary Suites Info Sheet for guidelines that will help you to know if your home qualifies for an income suite, also called a secondary suite or additional dwelling.

Tree Removal Information

Please see the Tree Removal Info Sheet for guidelines that will help you know if you can remove a tree or trees from your property, or you if you need to contact the Town before going ahead with the removal.

Heritage Grant Application

The Heritage Grant is available to owners of properties which are recognized by by-law under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and that meet the eligibility criteria of the Heritage Grant Policy. For more information, please review the documents below:

Heritage Grant Policy Flyer

Heritage Grant Policy Leaflet

Heritage Grant Policy Application