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OACA's Primer on Planning Course (POP)



 
 

Primer on Planning (POP)

Delivered through AMCTO, this one unit course is offered by the Ontario Association of Committees of Adjustment and Consent Authorities (OACA). POP provides a basic understanding of the land use planning process in Ontario and related regulations.  This course is designed for those working in this related field and satisfies one of the four requirements to obtaining the ACST or ACM accreditation through OACA. OACA awards a Certificate for successfully completing this program.

Registration is now closed for the Fall 2018 Term and we are no longer accepting registrations. Set your calendar for December 1st, when registration will open for the Winter 2019 Term. Details will be posted by the end of November 2018.

Course Information

The first three lessons of the course provide an overview of the land use planning process in Ontario. The main planning instruments, policies and controls are introduced and described, as well as the evolving provincial-local relationship in planning. Particular attention is given to the official plan and the zoning by-law. The next two lessons represent the central core of the course and provide a detailed examination of the powers, procedures and practices of committees of adjustment, land division committees and consent authorities when considering applications for minor variances, legal non-conforming uses and consents. Factual situations and descriptions of pertinent case law are used to highlight the issues under discussion. The final lesson deals with validation of title and issuing a “Validation Certificate" under Section 57 of the Planning Act – what it is and when and how is it used.

Student Handbook


Correspondence-Online Tuition Fees

All course materials are provided online including the unit textbook
Fee with PDF version of textbook is $406.80 (360.00 + 46.80 HST #R106732936)
Fee with PDF and Hardcopy of textbook is $446.35 (360.00 + 35.00 + 51.35 HST #R106732936)
Note: Hardcopy textbook will be shipped after registration closes.

Registration forms can be found on the Assignment Schedule page

 

Refund Policy: A student who cancels from any Unit before the first scheduled assignment due date is entitled to a partial refund of fees less a refund levy of $113.00 (includes HST). In order to receive the partial refund, you must submit written notice of your cancellation to Rosita Bourke. No refunds will be granted for cancellations received after the first scheduled assignment due date. A student cannot transfer their registration or payment to a later date. No returns accepted or no refunds for the hard copy textbook.