A "Consent to Sever" (Severance) is required if you want to sell (sever) or mortgage a portion of your land or enter into an agreement or lease for a period of 21 years or more. There are also other circumstances in which a Consent is required; your lawyer can help you to determine if a Consent is necessary. Sometimes another form of land division approval such as Subdivision or Part-lot Control By-law may be more appropriate.
The requirement for a Severance helps to ensure that development occurs in a controlled and orderly way, and that proper servicing is in place to accommodate it.
HOW TO APPLY
An application for a Consent can be made to the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville Consent Granting Authority in Brockville who are the Approval Authority. You will be required to complete an application form for the parcel you wish to sever, and submit it with a lot plan indicating the property you own and the lot you intend to sever, along with the appropriate fee (see Fee Schedule).
However, applicants are advised to pre-consult with the Municipality of North Grenville prior to filing a formal application with the United Counties' Consent Granting Authority by contacting a planner [Link to Planner Contact info] in the North Grenville's Planning Department. It may also be beneficial to refer your proposal to the Municipality's Development Review Team [Link] as part of the pre-consultation process.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
Completed applications and all required supporting information should be filed with:
Consent Granting Authority
United Counties of Leeds & Grenville
25 Central Avenue West, Suite 100
Phone: 613-342-3840 (x 2414)
At the time of filing, the application fee for the United Counties must be paid. In addition, some review agencies also charge Review Fees which must be paid at the same time. North Grenville's Consent Review Fee can be found on their Fee Schedule [Link]. Other agencies which charge Consent Review Fees include:
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority for properties with the Rideau River watershed
South Nation Conservation Authority for properties with the South Nation River watershed
Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit for developments proposed on private well and septic services
The Consent Granting Authority staff will circulate a Notice of your application to the surrounding property owners within 60 metres of the property to which the application applies, as well as other departments and agencies. You will be required to post a sign on your property advising of the Consent Application.
A Public Hearing of the Consent Granting Authority will be held, at which time you will be able to make an oral presentation. The decision of the Authority is subject to a 20-day appeal period. Approval may also be subject to certain conditions which must be fulfilled within a 1 year time period.