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Outline Plan

An Outline Plan is a complex non-statutory document providing a more specific planning framework for an area. An Outline Plan will generally include the following elements:

subdivision concept,
road alignment,
land use,
open space,
utilities, and
conceptual servicing strategy.

CITYTREND can develop and manage the approval of an Outline Plan. Our experience has allowed us to resolve complex development issues and coordinate successful public engagements.

Outline Plan process

An Outline Plan generally fills the gap between the existing planning policies such as an Area Structure Plan and the Subdivision of a property. The Outline Plan allows a developer and the city to develop a detailed concept of subdivision that resolves the issues related to land use/zoning, open space, road alignment, servicing, and more. Although the Outline Plan creates additional cost and time, it allows to simplify future phases of subdivisions.

As part of your team, CITYTREND will initiate the Outline Plan process by submitting a plan with details required by the city. These requirements vary from city to city. Once the submission is completed, the city will circulate the plan to the referees involved in the process such as transportation, parks, planning,roads, community groups, and more. At the end of the circulation time, the city will produce a compilation of all comments and feedback received. CITYTREND has the task to address and resolve all the comments provided. Once the administration and referees are satisfied and have exhausted all avenues, our team will present the Outline Plan to the local planning commission (or council) for approval.

An experienced team producing the Outline Plan documents and managing the communication during the process will decrease the timeline associated with the review. This is where CITYTREND excels. We improve the outcome and the quality of the product.

For more details regarding an Outline Plan, please contact CITYTREND for a free consultation.

Know before you start

Knowledge is the key factor for success with City Hall. We have identified four categories to develop a complete understanding and ability to successfully manage a project to approval. We call it the four “Ps.”


This pillar is critical. Understanding the regulations is important to evaluate up front if a project is at risk or not.


The approval process will include the input from dozens of people ranging from community groups to technical reviews from engineers or feedback from the parks department. Our understanding of the role of each referee is an important piece of the puzzle.


The approval process will differ depending on the application itself. We map the process steps clearly so you can keep track of your progress and develop a predictable timeline.


This is usually where our clients excel but understanding your own product is key in being able to make adjustment along the way and respond to comments and feedback.



If you have any questions feel free to contact us