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Planning, Property & Development

Development Applications

Documentation, fee requirements and procedures for various applications including Conditional Use, Rezoning, Subdivision, and Variance


Administrative Variance and Conditional Use for Downtown Winnipeg Zoning By-Law No. 100/2004
The Downtown Winnipeg Zoning By-law is the instrument used to regulate land use and to promote orderly development and design within the Downtown. There are rules for development regarding residential and non-residential use, bulk, parking and loading, signs and urban design. When it is either impossible or impractical to meet these requirements, a Variance (DAV) application may be filed to modify provisions of the Zoning By-law.

Conditional Use means a use of a building or land that may be unique in its characteristics or operation, which could have an impact on adjoining properties.  In accordance with the City of Winnipeg Charter, a Conditional Use is a use of land listed as "Conditional" within the use table of a zoning district.


Conditional Use
Application for multiple family dwelling, commercial, industrial, etc. uses where the use is deemed to be "conditional" under the property's zoning district. Conditional Use means a use of a building or land that may be unique in its characteristics or operation, which could have an impact on adjoining properties.


Conditional Use - Secondary Suites (Attached)
Application required only in instances when the attached secondary suite cannot comply with the associated Use Specific Standards in Zoning By-law No. 200/2006.


Conditional Use - Secondary Suites (Detached) / Care Homes
Application required when the detached secondary suite use is deemed to be "conditional" under the property's zoning district. Conditional Use means a use of a building or land that may be unique in its characteristics or operation, which could have an impact on adjoining properties.


Condo - Condominium Plan of Survey
Application procedure for approving a condominium plan of survey including bareland condo or phased condo applications.


Consent
Consent applications are generally made for two reasons:

  • To convey a portion of a title out to another title
  • To allow for the registration of a long term lease, (Consent to lease) on a portion of a title.

Consent to convey applications are similar to a subdivision application in that the applicant wishes to transfer a parcel, or part lot, from a title to a separate title. For zoning purposes, the land contained within each title that may be issued as a result of approval of the consent must meet the minimum lot width and area requirements of the zoning district, have frontage on a public street, and comply all development standards of the applicable zoning by-law

Consent to lease applications are more complex:

  • Is the lease over 21 years including renewal periods?
    • If less than 21 years, no consent from the City of Winnipeg is required.
  • What area does the lease cover?
    • If it covers the whole title, then no consent is needed.
    • If it only covers the floor space of a building, then no consent is needed.
    • If it is only a portion of the title, a Plan of Survey may be required.

Draft/Pre-Application
Optional application to obtain written input from appropriate City departments as well as the Ward Councillor about the opportunities and constraints of a specific development proposal prior to making a formal development application. An applicant may apply for a draft/pre-application for the following types identified below:

  • A proposed rezoning,
  • A proposed zoning agreement amendment,
  • A proposed plan of subdivision,
  • A variance,
  • A conditional use,
  • A proposed secondary plan by-law,
  • A proposed Complete Communities Direction Strategy By-law Amendment,
  • A proposed Our Winnipeg Plan By-law amendment, or
  • Any combination of the above   (not Building Code or design reviews of any type)

Fees paid for the Draft/Pre-Application will be credited toward the future Development Application fees payable imposed under the Planning, Development and Building Fees By-law.


Home Based Business Conditional Use
Any use not listed as a permitted Home Occupation and also not listed as a prohibited Office Facility may be approved as Conditional Use pursuant to provisions of the City of Winnipeg Charter


OurWinnipeg Amendment
An application to amend the "OurWinnipeg Plan By-law" which is Winnipeg's 25-year blueprint that guides the physical, social, environmental and economic development of the city as required by The City of Winnipeg Charter. This application does not apply to any amendments made to the "Complete Communities Direction Strategy By-Law." Amending Complete Communities requires a Secondary Plan Amendment application.


Plan of Subdivision (Short Form)
Application procedure for subdividing property where a new public street or lane is NOT being created and a zoning change is not required.


Plan of Subdivision
Application procedure for subdividing property where a new public street or lane is being created and a zoning change is not required.


Plan of Survey
Parcel Plans are generally prepared for descriptive purposes and when registered at Land Titles do not in themselves divide the title. "Parcels" as opposed to "Lots" characterize plans of Survey and letters (A, B, C, etc.) identifies parcels. The City of Winnipeg must approve the application before Land Titles will accept the registration.


Residential Conditional Use
Application required for single and two-family dwellings where the use is deemed to be conditional under the property’s zoning district. A Conditional Use means use of a building or land that may be unique in its characteristics or operation, which could have an impact on adjoining properties.


Residential Variance
Application required for single and two-family dwellings where certain Dimensional Standards of the Zoning By-law cannot be met. A variance is a request to modify those standards as applied to a specific property.


Rezoning
Application procedure for rezoning property without creating new or modifying existing lots.


Rezoning and Subdivision
Application procedure for rezoning property and includes creating new or modifying existing lots.


Secondary Plan Amendment
Application to amend any Secondary Plan By-Laws. A Secondary Plan includes a neighbourhood or area master plan, neighbourhood or area structure plan, or precinct plan that is intended to align with the policies under OurWinnipeg and guides the development or redevelopment of a specific area. This application applies to any amendments made to the "Complete Communities Direction Strategy By-Law."


Subdivision Agreement Amendment
Application to amend a subdivision agreement which was required as a condition of approval for a subdivision application.


Urban Design Review
Required for all development, redevelopment, expansion, demolition or exterior alterations within Downtown Winnipeg under Zoning By-Law No. 100/04, whether or not the proposal requires a permit or other approval.


Variance
Application required for multiple family dwelling, commercial, industrial, etc. where certain Dimensional Standards of the Zoning By-law cannot be met. A variance is a request to modify those standards as applied to a specific property.


Zoning Agreement Amendment
Application to amend a zoning agreement which was required as a condition of approval for a zoning application, including a rezoning, conditional use and variance application.


Zoning Letters
Application to request any zoning information in writing including verification of existing and proposed uses, zoning memorandums, verification of a property's zoning district, zoning or land use history, and lot of record searches.

Last update: September 11, 2017