The STAR (Streamlining the Application Review) process is the City’s timeline targets for reviewing planning applications. Minor Variance and Consent applications, while sometimes related to Site Plan applications, follow a much shorter review process (through the Committee of Adjustment) and are not subject to STAR.


Planning applications are categorized into two streams:

  • Complex: Applications that involve large developments with significant community impact and/or multiple approval processes and usually require reporting to City Council. These include:
    • Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment applications
    • Plans of Subdivision
    • Common Elements and Vacant Land Plan of Condominium applications
    • Condominium applications involving the conversion of rental housing to condominium
    • Concurrently submitted Site Plan Control applications
    • Review and approval target timeline for a Complex application is 9 months
  • Routine:  Applications that are smaller in scope and have issues that are not highly complex or controversial. These include:
    • Part Lot Control applications
    • All other types of Plan of Condominium applications
    • Stand-alone Site Plan Control applications
    • Review and approval target timeline for a Routine application is 4 months


Please note the use of the word “target” when outlining the timelines. Each planning application is different according to the specifics of the property, its location, the nature of the development and many other factors. Your application may be resolved in more or less time depending on the combination of these factors. The STAR process assumes you will undertake pre-application consultation and submit a complete application. STAR also assumes you will respond to requests for information or revisions to your proposal in a timely manner. Doing so will help us review your application faster.