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​​​Development Charges​​

The Development Charges Act, 1997 (the DCA) and its associated regulation (O. Reg. 82/98) allow municipalities in Ontario to recover for growth-related capital costs from new development. In 2019 the Town completed the Development Charges Background Study to calculate new development charges for the Town of Midland in compliance with the provisions of the DCA. The Town of Midland Council passed a new development charges by-law, By-law No. 2019-80, on November 20, 2019​ with the rates coming into effect on November 25, 2019.

Further changes to Development Charges are coming. Bill 108, the More Homes More Choice Act, 2019 has received Royal Assent, and proposes changes to the Development Charges Act and the Planning Act that will have an impact on the Town. Under the Bill 108 changes, DCs for rental and non-profit housing, as well as institutional uses will be paid in annual installments rather than up front. Also, DCs would be temporarily frozen when a municipality receives an application for site plan or zoning approval, whichever comes later. Changes to the DCA and Planning Act will also allow municipalities to charge for community benefits (CBC) which will replace DCs for discounted (soft) services. The Town has established DCs for soft services in By-law 2019-80 and the proposed transition to Community Benefit Charges in 2020 once the draft regulations on that process are approved by the Province. The Province recently introduced Bill 138 which proposes further changes to the Development Charges Act, Planning Act and 38 other pieces of legislation and it received 2nd reading on November 27, 2019. Please stay tuned and check back here and Engaging Midland website as the Town evaluates the changing provincial landscape for development and community benefit charges.

Provided below are links to the current DC rates, general information and the actual By-law. In addition to Town Charges, the Town is also required to collect Education Development Charges on behalf of the County School Boards and a County Development Charge on behalf of the County of Simcoe. These charges are noted in the summary sheets provided below, but for more detail please contact the respective Board's and/or the County of Simcoe.

Notice - Public Meeting Development Charges By-law amendment - November 18, 2020

(D​etails on how to participate included)

2019-80 Development Charges By-law - Consolidated and Repeal 20​14-79

Development Charges Amendment Study: Compliance with COVID​-19 Economic Recovery Act - October 2, 2020

Engaging Midland - Development Charges Background Study 2019​ (Consultation closed) ​

2022 Development Charges​

2022 Town of Midland Development Charges (Residential)

2022 Town of Midland Develo​pment Charges (Non-Residential)​​​

2​019 Development Charges​

(Effective November 25, 2019)​

By-law 2019-80 Development Char​ges (Consolidated) and Repeal of 2014-79 

Development C​harge Interest Policy - CP-2020-04 

Area Specific Development Charges - Schedule

Town of Midland Development Charge Info​rmation Pamphlet​ (​Jan. 1, 2020 - Nov. 24, 2020)

2019 Development Charge Study Information

Notice of Passing of Development ​Charges By-law 2019-80

Development Charges Background Study 2019​​

Development Charge Public Meeting Presentation November 6, 2019

 Development Charge Annual Reports

 Planning & Building Links

Community Improvement Plans

The Town of Midland has a Community Improvement Project Area and a Community Improvement Plan for the Downtown pursuant to Section 28 of the Planning Act.  The formal process of formulating the Plan commenced in 2003 with the approval of the Town of Midland Official Plan, advanced significantly with the completion and adoption by Council of the Downtown Master Plan and Community Improvement Plan in 2015, and has culminated in 2016 with the adoption of this Plan by Council by By-law 2016-56 on August 22, 2016.

The Community Improvement Plan (CIP) includes a set of goals and objectives that are consistent with the Downtown Master Plan and Community Improvement Plan and a set of revitalization initiatives in accordance with Section 28 of the Planning Act.

The Downtown Community Improvement Plan applies to the lands within the Community Improvement Project Area as described in the Plan and By-law 2016-56.  The Project Area corresponds with the limits of the Downtown District as described in the Town of Midland Official Plan and as described in the Downtown Master Plan and Community Improvement Plan.

Two incentive programs for property owners in the Downtown already exist. One is the Town policy to waive Development Charges on new commercial and residential developments in Downtown.  The second is the Façade Program administered and funded by the BIA, which offers grants to cover 50% of the cost of exterior façade improvements, such as repainting, restoration, window and sign replacements, up to a maximum grant of $3,000.  Both of these programs will be continued. 

Revitalization efforts will be focused on encouraging the development and redevelopment of privately held lands in the Downtown.  This Plan will implement a comprehensive package of the following three component programs to stimulate investment in buildings that require improvements to meet current building code requirements, or require improvement in their façade or business entrance for appearance or accessibility requirements.

This CIP provides three (3) programs to offset the costs of site improvements and development in the Downtown:

1.  Façade Improvement Grant Program
2.  Building Renovation Grant Program
3. Application Fees Grant Program

Notice of Adoption CIP Aug 25

Bylaw 2016-56 - Community Improvement Plan

Community Improvement Plan - Fillable Application  (*External Link to Midland BIA site and Facade Improvement Program HERE)​


The Town has the capability to print in colour and copy in black and white large format plans and mapping products. The cost for prints is based on the number of pages, page size and colour use. Site-specific area maps may also be created upon request at an additional cost. 

The Town has the a variety of large-sized maps available for purchase including: Official Plan Maps, Zoning Map, Street Name Map, Historical Town Boundary Map identifying amalgamations, Assessment Maps, Ward and Poll Maps, Municipal Park Location Map and more. Several letter-sized maps, such as Tourist Information and Recreational Trail Maps, are available at the NSSRC, VIC and Town Hall for free.

The County of Simcoe may also be contacted to obtain the Town's 911 maps. Or visit https://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/it/gis for interactive maps and aerial photos.

The Municipality does not provide digital copies of maps with the exception of those that are available on this website.​

Please contact Zachary Fleras at zfleras@midland.ca or call (705) 526-4275 ext. 2242 for more information

Municipal Record Search

If you require information on a property in Town regarding information related to the Planning, Building and Fire Departments, you will be required to submit a Municipal Record Search Form. Typically, these forms are requested by solicitors performing a property transfer or placing a mortgage. Please fill out the top portion of the form as complete as possible and return it along with the accompanying fee(s) to the Planning Department. If a survey is included ensure that it is to scale.

The Municipal Record Search Fee is $60.03 with a response provided within five to seven days, upon receipt of the form and fee. If a survey is resubmitted after being returned with comments that it is not to scale or illegible, or if a survey is submitted after the Municipal Record Search Form, a fee of $25.00 will be charged.

Other municipal search options that are available include:

Subdivision Clearance Form and Site Plan Clearance a fee of $50.00 each, and Septic Search, a fee of $25.00.

Planning Applications

The Planning and Building Services Department is responsible for the processing and management of all development applications, including but not limited to Official Plan Amendments, Zoning By-law Amendments, Site Plan Control Approval, Plans of Subdivision, Plans of Condominium, Provisional Consent and Minor Variances. A complete listing of application fees is set out in the Composite Fees by-l​a​w ​N​o.​ 2​022-15​​​​​​.​

On June 24, 2013, Council passed Official Plan Amendment 3 which establishes a mandatory Consultation Meeting with Town Staff for applications for a Plan of Subdivision, Plan of Condominium, Official Plan Amendment, Zoning By-law ​​Amendment, Provisional Consent and/or Site Plan Approval.  Applicants are also encouraged to consult with the Town for all other applications. For those applications with a mandatory Consultation Meeting, a completed Pre-Consult​ation Form​ will be required as part of a complete application.  This form should be downloaded, and the relevant sections filled out, prior to the Consultation Meeting. Individuals requiring a Pre-Consultation Form are to contact the Manager of Planning Services by email at sfarquharson@midland.ca.   

Application Forms:

​Minor Variance​Application Form

Official Plan Amendment

Application Form

​​Plan of Subdivision-Condo

Application Form

​​Provisional Consent

Application Form

Sign Variance/Sign By-law Amendment

Application Form​​

Site Plan Approval

Application Form

Source Protection Plan Pre-Application Screening

Source Protection Plan Pre-Application Scre​​ening Form

​​Zoning By-law Amendment

Application Form

Notice Signs

On January 28, 2013, the Town of Midland resolved to require applicants to install approved Notice Signs for the following applications: Official Plan Amendment, Zoning By-law Amendment, Draft Plan of Subdivision and Draft Plan of Condominium. Please click here for the Notice Signs: Procedures and Protocols.​

Sign By-law

Site Plan Control By-law