Site PlanningFor most people, building a home only happens once in a lifetime and it should be an enjoyable experience. Proper site planning will avoid problems at a later stage and could save you dollars.
This information has been prepared to apply to property outside the boundaries of the municipalities with official plans and zoning bylaws. However, if your lot is within a municipal boundary, you may find the contents helpful in preparing your lot for building a home.
- What should you know about the building site before you apply for the permit?
- Do you need to mark the building location at the site?
- What is required if you have a new approved lot?
- How does the driveway location affect your civic address?
- Does the layout of my septic system match my building location?
If you have not decided where the building is to be located on the site, now is the time to do so before you make application. You should visit your property to establish the exact proposed location of the building, accessory buildings, driveway, well and septic system and show those measurements on the application sketch. Completing the application with improper information will only result in the delay of the approval and you will be required to make the necessary amendments at a later date.
You should stake or mark the four corners showing the proposed location of the building, proposed highway access, well and septic system. This can be done with stakes, sticks, or some type of marker. If your lot was approved before June 12, 1993 or is a parcel of land that has had no previous assessment completed by a Safety Standards Officer or consultant, a Safety Standards Officer will be required to complete a site suitability assessment for on-site sewage disposal. The proposed location on the site is necessary in order to complete a proper site assessment and for the septic contractor to locate the on-site sewage disposal system.
If you have not made a site visit to finalize the building location, this may also be a good time to consider othe impacts on your dwelling, such as house orientation for sun, wind, snow, driveway length, use of existing trees and surface runoff. If you are planning to add an addition or garage at a later date, this expansion should be considered when looking at setbacks from the road and property boundaries. The setbacks from roads, property boundaries or bodies of water should meet the minimum setback requirements shown in the application guide.
If the lot was approved after June 12, 1993, you will not require any additional testing on the lot; however, you should consider marking the location of the house on the site and providing the septic contractor with a copy of your site plan so he can make application for a system in a location that meets your needs for site design. You will be given a copy of your site plan when your permit is approved.
Civic addresses are directly associated with the centre line of the main driveway which services the property being developed. It is important that you clearly indicate the exact location of your existing or new driveway. The only acceptable method is to provide a measurement, in feet, from either side of the property boundary to the centre line of your driveway.
The elevation of your house (final grade) should also be discussed with the contractor so the septic system can be gravity fed, saving the expense of a sewage lift pump.