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This 3-day course provides an update on new incentives & initiatives, development charges, changes in the plan review process & legislation that governs the subdivision of land. It'll describe how a developer can use this knowledge to develop land into..

Course Outline

After participating in this course, you will be able to:
• Evaluate the effects of provincial policy, legislation, and local regulations on your potential projects
• Make schedule adjustments to accommodate the development review and approval process so that your overall project schedule does not slip
• Use your newly acquired knowledge to avoid legal pitfalls
• Work more effectively with approval agencies - who to see, what to ask
• Determine your need to involve other professionals in the design and approval of your land development project
• Assess the impact on your land development projects from all the changes, incentives, and initiatives that are taking place 


Changes in provincial policy, statutory requirements, administrative procedures and common laws that affect land use and planning have made subdivision development a lengthy process.  Also, new regulatory standards and requirements for environmental assessments and various other studies are playing an increasingly important role in the subdivision development approval process.  This three day course provides an update on new incentives and initiatives, development charges, changes in the plan review process, and legislation that governs the subdivision of land.  The course will describe how a developer can use this knowledge to develop land into affordable lots with a provision for generous profitability.

Time is money and timing of land assembly or land development is one of the most important factors in the development industry. A good developer must be ready to meet the demand for new housing as the pressure on the housing market increases with new immigration.

Instructors will discuss aspects of the subdivision development process including: the changes in the planning system, market studies, smart growth, wide shallow versus conventional lots, how to keep lots affordable, environmental issues, procedures for seeking approval, as well as engineering design, and alternative development standards.


To provide a refresher for real estate planners, consulting engineers, developers, their staff, as well as to help those who intend to enter the field to become familiar with the new processes. 
To provide municipal officials with a different perspective on how to help keep affordable the cost of land for new housing projects.

Who Should Attend

Land use planning and engineering consultants, developers, lenders, development engineering project managers, surveyors, accountants, investors and property managers both in the private and public sectors, real estate agents, municipal planning officials, development review and approvals personnel, technicians and technologists, water resources managers, environmental engineers, traffic engineers, and business administrators concerned with real estate development.  The course content and the example projects have been chosen to be of value both to individuals without any previous development experience, as well as persons who are involved in the real estate development field.

Special Feature:
Depending on your interest, you may attend either Day I or the entire seminar.

Program Outline

Day I

What Is New In Subdivision Development?

Chair: Mike Flanigan, Project Leader, Transportation & Works Dept, City of Mississauga

8:00      Registration and Coffee

8:30      Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

8:45      Land Development Business - An Overview 
              Stephen Fagyas, President, Commercial Focus Advisory Services
               The process for developing raw land to residential division: Changes in provincial policy and interests including 
               smart growth, local official plan policies, market study, financing, zoning and subdivision law and its regulatory agencies.

10:00    Refreshments and Networking

10:15    Engineering Design Process 
              Berta B. Krichker, Stormwater Management Engineer, City of London  
            • Economic/demographic trends
            • Changing housing preferences
            • Choosing the appropriate type of market analysis
            • Assessing development potential
            • Ontario experiences 
            • Land survey
            • Streets and sidewalks
            • Storm water Drainage
            • Sanitary sewers  
            • Manholes
            • Water distribution
            • Hydrants
            • Substation/transformers
            • Street lighting
            • Traffic signs and signals

11:45    Lunch

12:45    Planning Process 
              Martin Rendl, Martin Rendl Associates
            • Legislative and regulatory framework
            • Roles and responsibilities of the provincial government, municipalities, and agencies
            • The Planning Act 
            • Municipal planning policies, by-laws, and regulations
            • The role of the Ontario Municipal Board
            • Strategies for planning approvals
            • Submission requirements for planning applications
            • Administrative processes 
            • Public involvement in the planning process
            • Permit issuance
            • Development charges
            • Questions and answers

2:00      Refreshments and Networking

2:15      New Directions in Community Design
              Ute Maya-Giambattista, Urban Designer and Planner, The Planning Partnership

            • Overview of sustainable design principles 
            • Case Study: Uptown Core, Oakville

3:30      Environmental Issues, Assessment, and Management
              Lou Locatelli
            • Overview of environmental regulations
            • Environmental site assessments, Phase I, II , elements, results, documentation  
            • Issues and opportunities associated with contaminated land 
            • Filing a Record of Site Condition
            • Qualified Persons (QP)

4:30      Adjournment

Day II

Environmental Considerations and Development Engineering

8:30      Environmental Considerations in the Land Development Process - From Planning to Design Through Implementation
              Joe Halloran and Brad Stephens, Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) 
            • Larger scale environmental planning - subwatershed planning, master plans
            • Smaller scale environmental planning - effective environmental impact statements
            • Implementation - permitting, construction inspection and post construction monitoring

9:45      Refreshments and Networking

10:00    Development of Traditional Neighborhoods (TND)
              Andrew Martschenko, Partner, Parataxis Design & Development Corp. (PDDC)

            • Overview of TND design and development

11:00    Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) Contrasted With Conventional Subdivision Development (CSD) 
              Andrew Martschenko

            • Permitting and approval processes
            • Costs
            • The future

12:30    Lunch

1:30      Engineering Development Standards 
              Berta B. Krichker

            • Evolution of Engineering Development Standards
            • Market demand and public sector response
            • Innovation and alternative development standards 
            • Relationship with urban design
            • Resulting engineering considerations: underground utilities, surface improvements, stormwater management

2:30      Refreshments and Networking

2:40      Development Engineering 
              Berta B. Krichker

            • Municipal infrastructure 
            • Development disciplines
            • General private drainage and grading 
            • Complaints 
            • Site alteration permits
            • Water and sanitary 
            • General policies -public works 
            • Questions and answers

3:30      Watershed Management
              Berta B. Krichker
            • Subwatershed management 
            • Drainage plans
            • Stormwater management: water supply development and sewage disposal for subdivision development in unserviced areas 
            • Effective Environmental Impact Statements
            • Case study
            • Questions and answers

4:30      Adjournment


Traffic, Site Plans, Costs, Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND)

8:30      Traffic Implications of Land Development 
              Mike Flanigan

            • Internal site design
            • External traffic analysis
            • Mitigating measures
            • Street widening, auxiliary lanes, signalization 
            • Application of standards and techniques to produce acceptable resolution

9:45      Refreshments and Networking

10:00    Traffic Case Studies
               Mike Flanigan

               An actual mixed use development will be used to illustrate applications of the traffic impact analysis process.  The case studies will 
               lead participants through the process beginning with the concept plan and continuing with staging, vehicle trip generation, trip
               assignment, and distribution and road improvements.  The case studies will review the liaison with municipal and provincial authorities
               and the need for adjustments to the development to meet approval requirements.  The case studies will demonstrate problems and
               issues that must be resolved to ensure successful implementation of projects.

11:15    Site Plan Application
              David A McKay, MHBC PLANNING

            • Site plan submission: drawing requirements, background study requirements
            • Application circulation: internal agencies, external agencies
            • Consultation with applicant and agent
            • Conditional site plan approval
            • Clearance of conditions
            • Site inspections and cancellation of security deposits
            • Minor modifications 
            • Questions and answers

12:30    Lunch

1:30      Cost of Development
              Richard Vermeulen, Vermeulens Cost Consultants

            • Costs related to process changes 
            • Costs related to engineering standards changes
            • Costs related to type of development – conventional vs traditional neighborhood development
            • Scheduling and cost control during the design and construction phase 
            • Questions and answers 

2:30      Refreshments and Networking

2:45      Development Financing 
              Scott Cameron, President, Cameron Stephens Mortgage Capital Ltd.

            • A lender's perspective in financing 
            • Financing sources 
            • Preparing proposals for financiers 
            • Environmental risk
            • Interim financing 
            • Criteria for assessment

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

4:30      Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.8 CEU / 18 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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