Municipalities are directly affected parties for all applications. The local municipality is sent the Part 1 application when it is received. It is sent the complete Part 2 application to respond to and is asked to provide comments. Its response is considered by the approval officer and is addressed in the decision summary.
The act binds approval officers to the land use provisions set out in local municipal development plans. If an application is not consistent with the local land use provisions, the approval officer must deny the application. Approval officers consult with the municipality to determine whether the application is consistent with the land use provisions of the municipal development plan.
When the Board of the NRCB agrees to review an approval officer decision, the Board must have regard for the municipal development plan but is not bound by the land use provisions. If the approval officer denied the application because it is not consistent with a land use provision, the Board may overturn the decision if there is an over-riding reason to approve the application.Close