A Development Standards Manual is both a technical design and business process manual intended to provide clarity for internal staff, contractors, developers, consulting engineers/designers and others to use when submitting development applications/plans to the Municipality. It clearly defines the Municipality’s expectations and requirements for new developments. It also clearly lays out the goals as a Municipality when redeveloping existing areas similar to new developments. In setting a known standard it can create consistency throughout the Municipality.

Specifically, a Development Standards Manual sets out:
  • Development requirements prior to construction (i.e. subdivision/site plan agreements, plans, design drawings, consulting engineer, fees, etc.)
  • Design criteria, specifications and site specific development requirements (i.e. road widths and depths, sanitary, water, storm, sidewalks, bike lanes, walking trails, multi-use paths, street lighting, other servicing, etc.) These would also apply to redevelopment on existing Municipal Right of Way (R.O.W.), and other infrastructure completed by the Municipality.
  • Requirements after construction (i.e. Municipal inspections, maintenance periods, Municipal acceptance of services, record drawings, etc.)
  • A minimum level of service that Chatham-Kent is looking to achieve in both new developments and existing neighbourhoods.
For an overview of Development Standards, please watch the following educational video:

Development Standards Manual

Digital Information Standard

Chatham-Kent CADD Standards and Delivery INFOsheet