Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Matthew, Malcolm R.,


Urban and Regional Planning.




All of Ontario's twenty most populous municipalities utilize Site Plan Control (SPC) as a method to closely control development. All but Windsor and Thunder Bay apply SPC on a municipality-wide basis. The City of Windsor has not placed the entire city under SPC, but rather only specific geographic areas, thus offering a rare opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of the Site Plan Control process. Thirty commercial developments which proceeded under SPC during the five year period from 1988 to 1992 were compared to thirty which proceeded in NON-SPC areas. Variables for comparison were chosen that related directly to the three major goals for SPC as stated in the Windsor Official Plan: (1) the development shall function in a safe and orderly manner, (2) be aesthetically pleasing, and (3) relate well to adjacent development. Developments were awarded points for achieving various design objectives utilizing a point system that took into account the limitations of the site and the importance of the objectives to the City of Windsor, as stated in the Official Plan. The analysis revealed that SPC sites scored 80 percent higher than NON-SPC sites, suggesting that the SPC process in Windsor had a positive influence on commercial development. The major recommendation of the study is that the area of SPC be expanded to include the entire City of Windsor. It is also recommended that the City of Windsor support any change in Provincial legislation that would give municipalities more power to influence the appearance of proposed developments. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Geography. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1994 .M665. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 34-02, page: 0621. Advisers: Malcolm R. Matthew; Veronika Mogyorody. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1995.