Development Engineering

Development Engineering is a division of the Planning and Development Services Department and is responsible for the detailed technical engineering review of development projects. From conception to completion, the Development Engineering Team works with the Planning Services team to review development according to plans, policies, standards, and regulations.

If you are planning a development project, please review the application process that is outlined on the Development Application Process webpage. 

Development Engineering Responsibilities

The responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • reviewing and commenting on the engineering aspects of Planning Applications;
  • providing input on development agreements to ensure that best practices are reflected within Town agreements;
  • reviewing submitted engineering drawings to ensure compliance with Town and Provincial Engineering standards;
  • reviewing potential impacts of developments for internal and offsite:
    • traffic and parking level of service;
    • water treatment capacity and distribution system for domestic supply and fire protection;
    • adequacy of sanitary treatment and collection system; and
    • stormwater management quantity, quality, and thermal impacts recharge where appropriate. Where downstream constraints exist, verifying that frequency, depth and duration of the constraints are mitigated/reduced.
  • verifying that consideration is taken to minimize disturbance to residents during and after construction;
  • ensuring that operational costs and full life cycle costs of proposed infrastructure are appropriately weighted in the design to avoid burdening future generations;
  • verifying and obtaining securities for proposed development infrastructure works to protect taxpayers from development-related infrastructure costs;
  • overseeing construction to ensure that suitable safety and environmental protection measures are maintained to safeguard the health of residents, workers, and the environment, and that professional representatives are undertaking appropriate testing to ensure infrastructure is built to standard(s);
  • verifying that developer contractual obligations have been satisfied before releasing securities, and transferring infrastructure to condo boards or taking an assumption report to Council for the Town to take over the operation and maintenance of infrastructure;
  • obtaining Funds from levies charged to developers as part of Subdivision and Site Plan Agreements to cover the costs of running the Development Engineering Section; and
  • conducting meetings with resident groups within developments (i.e., condominium or resident association representatives) to exchange information regarding the construction process, and where possible, mitigate issues.

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