What is a Pre-Consultation meeting?

A Pre-Consultation meeting is a mandatory part of the development review process for applications for Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendments, Site Plan Control, and Draft Plans of Subdivision / Condominium.  While not mandatory, Pre-Consultation is also encouraged for Consent and Minor Variance applications. 

What happens at a Pre-Consultation meeting?

You will meet with a Planner and start by describing your proposal.  Together you will review zoning, servicing (road access, water, sewer/septic, and drainage), and unique site characteristics like watercourses, past uses, and existing nearby uses.  The Planner will describe the steps in going through a planning application and answer your questions about the process.  You will get a preliminary idea of whether or not any studies or reports might be required to include with your application.  You can also go through the application form and ask questions about things that are unclear to you.  It’s a great opportunity to meet the Planner and establish a starting point for questions that you might have as the application process progresses.

How should I prepare for the meeting?

  1. Call Planning Services and make an appointment so that the Planner can do some homework before the meeting and be more prepared to talk about your specific property.
  2. Have a clear idea of what you’d like to do on your property:
  • What do you want to use the property for?
  • Will there be other uses too?
  • Will you need to change the buildings, build new ones or remove some that are there?
  • What are the uses on the properties around it?

     3.      Bring a sketch or a picture of the property and how you want to lay things out –  
              hand drawn is fine at this stage.

Why should I do a Pre-Consultation?

  • You will learn things about your property that are important for your proposal.
  • You will determine what other agencies or consultants you might need to talk to.
  • Your application will be more complete when you submit it, which saves time on any revisions as well as with the review.
  • You will get feedback early in the process so that you can refine your application.
  • You will learn about the application process and timelines. 

Chatham-Kent has published a guide to Pre-consultation which is intended to be a useful resource to land owners and developers. The guide can be downloaded here: