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The Planning Department is responsible for the management of land, which includes Zoning Amendments, Consent/Severances and Minor Variances. These represent three of the most common land related issues that occur in Wainfleet.


A Zoning Amendment is required when you want to change the use of your property. For example, if your property is zoned Residential and you want to add a business use (Bed and Breakfast, Day Care) this may require a rezoning.


Consent to Sever involves the creation of new lots and/or the adjustment of a common property line. There are rules that apply to severances that are administered by the Planning Department. Permission from the Committee of Adjustment is required to get a severance.


Minor Variances are needed when you cannot meet the requirements of the Zoning Bylaw (i.e. Yard setbacks, building height, lot coverage). For example, if you want to build a garage/workshop and don’t meet the zoning requirements, you will likely need to apply for a Minor Variance to get permission from the Committee of Adjustment.

What is Planning?


Planning ensures consistency and compatibility in land use across the Township. This is done by zoning which sets standards for development of all types. Zoning protects existing residents while encouraging new growth to occur in appropriate areas. Zoning ensures that Wainfleet’s rural character is maintained.


We manage the Township’s Official Plan (Our long-term vision for Wainfleet), Zoning Bylaw (permitted uses and location of buildings), as well as amendments/changes to these documents. Both the Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw are documents that can and are expected to be changed over time.


Planning ensures that appropriate locations are chosen for land uses including residential, agricultural, commercial and industrial. These choices are based on several factors, including:

  • Community character
  • Compatibility with nearby uses
  • Scale of development
  • Protection of natural areas
  • Energy efficiency
  • Preservation of heritage structures


Customer service is our main focus. We welcome your inquiries over the phone, via email or at the Township offices.

*NOTE: CALL AHEAD FOR AN APPOINTMENT if you need specific information. Dropping by the office without an appointment may result in WAITING for the Planner to be available.

The planning department can be reached Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Sarah Ivins, Planner, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer - Committee of Adjustment
 Phone: 905-899-3463 X 225   E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kymberly Wilson, Administrative Assistant – Planning, Finance
Phone: 905-899-3463 X 229   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.