The City of Clarence-Rockland Planning Committee reviews applications for Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments. It also reviews subdivision applications and comments on policies, standards and studies, among others.

The Committee is composed of three members of city Council and two members of the community. Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month, except in July when there are no meetings. The January meeting is exceptionally held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

The public is welcome to attend Planning Committee meetings.

Go to our Council Meeting Calendar to learn the dates of the next meetings. 

Committee Terms of References 


The Planning Committee shall consist of three members of Council and two member of the community. All appointments to the committee shall be for a term of one year, beginning on December 1st and ending on November 30th. The term may be extended at the discretion of the Mayor.

Committee Role:

The primary role of the committee is to review official plan and zoning by-law amendment applications. The secondary role is to provide guidance and input on planning policies, subdivision applications, planning standards and special planning studies.


To review and provide recommendations to the Council on land development regulations and policy and specific land development applications, including, but not limited to, the following:

• Official plan;

• Zoning by-law;

• Subdivision plans;

• Planning studies

• Other matters referred to the Committee by Council, the department head, and/or the Chief Administrative Officer


Meetings shall be held at 7:00 pm on the first Wednesday of each month except in the month of July where there will be no meeting. In the month of January, the meeting shall be held on the second Wednesday of the month.

Support Staff:

The Clerk shall be responsible to provide administrative support staff to assist in the preparation of the agendas, minutes and recommendations of the Committee.


The Planning Committee shall submit its recommendations in the form of a written report to Council at a Council meeting for consideration.

Virtual Meeting Participation Guide

The City of Clarence-Rockland is now conducting its Planning Committee meetings virtually, using Zoom and Facebook until further notice.  

How to watch a meeting

The meetings are live streamed on the City of Clarence-Rockland Facebook page

How to provide comments

Submit comments in writing:

  • Sending an email with your comments. Written submissions must be emailed to no later than 4:30 pm two days prior to the meeting date.
  • Submitting comments in the dropbox located outside the door at City Hall, 1560 Laurier Street in Rockland. The letter must be addressed to the Community Development Department and must be submitted the Friday before the meeting date.
  • Submitting comments via regular mail. The letter must be sent to 1560 Laurier Street, Rockland, ON, K4K 1P7, to the attention of the Community Development Department and must be received the Friday before the meeting date.

Register to speak at the Committee meeting:

If you intend to make a presentation you must complete a delegation request form or or call the Community Development Department at 613-446-6022 ext. 2285. Requests must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. two days prior to the meeting date.

Once we receive your delegation request, we will confirm your attendance within 1 business day and provide you with the instructions for participating* in the public meeting.

Information you choose to disclose in your correspondence will be used to receive your views on the relevant issue(s) to enable the Committee to make its decision on this matter. This information will become part of the public record.

If you do not participate in the public Zoom meeting or express your views in writing, the Committee may make a recommendation in your absence and may recommend changes to the proposal.

*Please note that neither a computer, nor a video sharing device, is required to participate in the meeting via Zoom. You may opt to call in from a cell or landline. A toll-free number will be provided for this purpose.

Meeting procedures 

  • The applicant/agent will speak first and will have 10 minutes to make their presentation.
  • Registered participants will be invited to speak after the applicant’s initial presentation. Each speaker will be given five minutes and one opportunity to address the committee, so please focus your comments as follows:
    • Clearly state your name and address.
    • Explain how the requested amendment or draft plan of subdivision being requested will impact the enjoyment of your property and neighborhood (positively or negatively).
    • Ask clear, direct questions. 

The Decision 

Once all the comments are received, the Chair will bring the matter “into committee” and no further comments will be permitted, unless the Chair or a Committee member asks a question.

The Chair and Members will announce their recommendation at the meeting.

The Committee may defer an application but only if circumstances warrant such action.

To receive a copy of the Decision, please make a request to the Community Development Department at or by calling at 613-446-6022 ext. 2285 by providing the following: your name, your address, email address, date of meeting, file number and address of the subject property.

Individuals are also encouraged to submit written correspondence if you have questions or concerns that you wish to share.

Meeting Documents - May 3, 2023

File D-14-591

Public Notice *Revised Notice*

Notice of a complete application and notice of a virtual public meeting concerning a proposed amendment to the zoning by-law.

Of the corporation of the City of Clarence-Rockland

Take notice the Corporation of the City of Clarence-Rockland will hold a virtual public meeting via ZOOM, on the 3rd day of May 2023, at 7:00 p.m. to consider a proposed amendment (File No. D-14-591) to the City of Clarence-Rockland Zoning By-law No. 2016-10. The affected property is described as Part of Lot 15, Concession 9, Part 4 and Parts 1 to 3 on Plan 50R-4388, civic address 3054 Gagne Road, Hammond.

The proposed zoning by-law amendment would change the zoning category of the subject property from “Village Residential First Density (RV1-h) Holding Zone” to “General Commercial (CG) Zone” in order to fulfill a requirement of severance file D-10-22-37.

If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Council of the Corporation of the City of Clarence-Rockland on the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment, you must make a written request to the Corporation of the City of Clarence-Rockland, 1560 Laurier Street, Rockland, ON, K4K 1P7.

If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of the Municipal Council of the City of Clarence-Rockland to the Ontario Land Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Corporation of the City of Clarence-Rockland before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Corporation of the City of Clarence-Rockland before the by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Land Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

If applicable, the owner of any land that contains seven or more residential units is required to post this notice in a location that is visible to all of the residents.

A note about information you may submit to the municipality: Under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 and in accordance with Ontario's Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA), all information provided for, or at a Public Meeting, Public Consultation, or other Public Process are considered part of the public record and will be used to assist in deciding on this matter, including resident deputations. All personal information (as defined by MFIPPA), including (but not limited to) names, addresses, opinions and comments collected will become property of the City of Clarence-Rockland, will be made available for public disclosure (including being posted on the internet) and will be used to assist Council/Committee and staff to process this application.

Additional information relating to the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment and in regards to the ZOOM meeting is available on the City’s website at the following link or by communicating with the City by phone or email below. If you wish to participate in the public meeting, you must register in advance at least 2 days prior to the meeting date by completing the delegation request form. If you just wish to follow along, the meeting will be live-streamed on the City's Facebook page

*** The notice dated March 28, 2023 had the incorrect meeting date. ***

Dated at the City of Clarence-Rockland, this 29th day of March 2023.

Agencies, please send your comments by April 17th, 2023.

File D-14-591


Location of land on Gagné Road 

Draft By-Law
Draft By-Law