One foot (0.3 metre) reserves may need to be released in order to provide legal access to a public street in connection with an approved Consent or Development Agreement. In most cases the City "lifts" reserves by dedicating them as public highway where after they become part of the road allowance they abut. Where circumstances require it, reserves may be transferred from the City to the abutting owner. In all cases the City will determine the appropriate method to release the reserve.
Applying to Release a Reserve
Written requests to release a reserve should be submitted to the Clerk's Office and include:
- Documentation providing proof that the City has authorized the lifting of the reserve. (e.g. Development Agreement, Consent etc.)
- Confirmation that the Consent has been executed or Development Agreement registered.
- PIN printout for the reserve being lifted (confirming City ownership and legal description).
- A cheque in the amount of $76.55 (including taxes) payable to the "Treasurer - City of London" to cover By-law registration fees.
(There is no application form.)
In the case where only a part of a reserve is to be released or the description is not acceptable to the Land Registrar, the applicant is responsible for providing a reference plan acceptable to the City Surveyor. Once Geomatics has reviewed and accepted the application, the required dedication By-law will be requisitioned, registered on title and a copy will be provided to the applicant for their files. The entire process normally takes two months to complete from start to finish.
Please note that reserves will not be lifted until after the Consent is executed or Site Plan Agreement registered and proof thereof is provided.
Please refer any questions pertaining to reserves to the Geomatics Division.