OACA's Primer on Planning Course (POP)

Registration is open from December 1st to January 13th for the Winter Term that will run from February to May 2017. Spaces are guaranteed for anyone who registers on or before January 13th. You can register online or print the form to send cheque payment by mail - see Assignment Schedule. Once your registration is processed, you will receive a confirmation email within 24 - 48 hours, specific to your course that will include the link to access all materials from the AMCTO website. Registration will open July 2nd for the Fall Term. Come back and visit at the end of June, when details will be available.

This course is offered by the Ontario Association of Committees of Adjustment and Consent Authorities (OACA) and delivered through AMCTO.

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.

All course materials are provided online including the textbook
Fee with PDF version of textbook is $389.85 (345.00 + 44.85 HST #R106732936)
Fee with PDF and Hardcopy of textbook is $418.10 (345.00 + 25.00 + 48.10 HST #R106732936
Note: Hardcopy textbook will be shipped after registration closes January 13th.

OACA awards a Certificate for successfully completing this course. Successful completion of this course will satisfy one of the four requirements to obtaining the ACST or ACM accreditation through OACA.


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 rbourke@amcto.com. 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.