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File a Planning Appeal

The Planning Appeals Committee(PAC) hears and decides appeals about planning and development decisions.

Below are the steps to file a planning appeal.

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1. Overview

The PAC hears and decides appeals about planning and development decisions made by:

  • development appeals boards;
  • district planning authorities;
  • the Ministry of Government Relations, Community Planning Branch;
  • development officers in Northern Saskatchewan Administrative District; and
  • municipalities.
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2. Guidance

You may appeal to the PAC if:

  • you receive a decision about your development from the development appeals board or district planning authority;
  • you receive a decision letter about your proposed subdivision;
  • when a development levy or servicing agreement can’t be reached, or the municipality requests payment of a development levy from you;
  • for a development within a direct control district, when a development agreement can’t be reached, or the municipality hasn’t approved your drawings; or
  • in the Northern Saskatchewan Administrative District, your development permit application is refused by the development officer, or you believe they have misapplied a development control.
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3. Eligibility

When you receive a decision from the development appeals board (DAB) or district planning authority (DPA), you may appeal to the PAC if:

  • you have an issue with what the DAB or DPA decided; and
    Criteria:
  • it’s within 30 days of receiving the decision; and
  • you submit the notice of appeal clearly identifying and explaining the issues with the decision on the prescribed form.

When you receive a decision letter about your proposed subdivision from the DPA or Ministry of Government Relations, Community Planning Branch (CP), you may appeal to the PAC if:

  • you have an issue with what the DPA or CP decided; and
    Criteria:
  • it's within 30 days of receiving the decision; and
  • you submit the notice of appeal clearly identifying and explaining the issues with the decision.

When your development permit application is refused by a development officer, you may appeal to the PAC if:

  • the development’s location is in the Northern Saskatchewan Administrative District;
  • you have an issue with the refusal, or you believe the development officer misapplied a development control; and
    Criteria:
  • it’s within 30 days of receiving the decision; and
  • you submit a notice of appeal clearly identifying and explaining the issues.

When a municipality asked you to pay a development levy, you may appeal to the PAC if:

  • you have any of the following issues with the request:
    • the requested fees don’t directly or indirectly pay for a capital project serving your development;
    • the levy isn’t for capital costs;
    • the levy has been calculated incorrectly; or
    • you already paid the levy, or an equal amount, for this development;
  • the municipality is not an approving authority; and
    Criteria:
  • it’s within 30 days of receiving the decision; and
  • you submit the notice of appeal clearly identifying any of the issues above.

When you or the municipality can’t reach a development levy or servicing agreement, you may appeal to the PAC if:

  • you have any of the following issues:
    • you’re not sure an agreement is required;
    • you don’t agree with the proposed agreement’s terms and conditions; or
    • you think something is missing from the development permit application or subdivision proposal;
  • the municipality is not an approving authority; and
    Criteria:
  • it has been 90 days since the development permit application or proposal to subdivide land was submitted, and an agreement hasn’t been reached; and
  • you submit the notice of appeal clearly identifying and explaining any of the issues above.

When you or the municipality can’t reach a development agreement, or the municipality hasn’t approved your drawings, you may appeal to the PAC if:

  • the development location is within a direct control district;
  • the municipality isn’t an approving authority; and
    Criteria:
  • you have any of the following issues:
    • it has been 60 days since you’ve submitted plans or drawings to the municipality and they haven’t been approved; or
    • it has been 90 days since the plans or drawings were submitted and a development agreement hasn’t been reached;
  • you submit the notice of appeal clearly identifying and explaining any of the issues above.
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4. How to Apply

If you are eligible to apply:

  1. Complete the notice of appeal, clearly identifying and explaining the issues for your situation.

  2. Submit the notice of appeal:
    • personally by e-mailing, submitting online, or delivering; or
    • by regular or registered mail,
    to the PAC.

  3. Personally deliver or mail your appeal fee of $50 to the PAC.
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5. Apply

Notice of Appeal to the Planning Appeals Committee

What happens after I file my appeal?

All appeals will go through our case management process, which includes:

  • reviewing and streamlining the issues/grounds in your Notice of Appeal(NOA);
  • where possible, mediating with the parties to resolve issues; and
  • resolving any outstanding issues by having a hearing(written submission, video conference or in-person).

Step 1: Streamlining Issues

  • In most cases, the case management team will review the issues in your appeal to ensure they are succinct (brief and clearly expressed):
    • Show how the development appeals board(DAB) / community planning(CP) made a mistake in its decision (e.g., The DAB/CP made a mistake when it...) or Appeal the development levy or servicing agreements .
    • A one 14-day extension is provided to the appellants to clarify the issues and provide supporting facts in your NOA. 

Step 2: Mediation

  • Our case management team will guide the parties towards their own resolution by having joint sessions and/or separate caucuses with parties to help both sides define the issues clearly, understand each other’s position and move closer to resolution.

Step 3: Acknowledgement

  • We will formally acknowledge the appeal with the streamlined grounds and the hearing type.

Step 4: Any outstanding issues are resolved by;

  • Written Submissions
    1. Appellant sends in his/her submission (due date: 40 days prior to the hearing).
    2. Respondent sends in his/her submission (due date: 30 days prior to the hearing).
    3. Appellant may submit a "last word" document (due date: 23 days prior to the hearing).
    4. The Committee will meet and decide the appeal after reviewing the BOR record, any relevant prior decisions and the submissions.

  • Video Conference
    1. Appellant sends in his/her submission (due date: 40 days prior to the hearing).
    2. Respondent sends in his/her submission (due date: 30 days prior to the hearing).
    3. Parties or their agents attend the hearing via video conferencing to state their case.
    4. The Committee hears both parties and decides the appeal.

  • In-person Hearing
    1. Appellant sends in his/her submission (due date: 40 days prior to the hearing).
    2. Respondent sends in his/her submission (due date: 30 days prior to the hearing).
    3. Parties or their agents attend the hearing in Regina or Saskatoon to state their case.
    4. The Committee hears both parties and decides the appeal.

Step 5: Decision

  • A written decision will be issued within 60 days of the hearing.

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