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The Town of Aurora's Design Review Panel (the "Panel") is an advisory body that will provide independent design advice and guidance to Planning Staff, an applicant and their consultants on urban design matters for development and redevelopment applications, and on new urban design guidelines and policy, within the following key areas:

  • Properties located within the Town's Heritage Resource Areas, including properties which are designated under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act, as identified in Schedule 'D' of the Town's Official Plan;
  • 'Listed' properties in the Town's Register of Properties of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest and properties adjacent to designated heritage properties;
  • Properties located within the Aurora Promenade, as identified in Schedule 'B1' of the Town's Official Plan; and
  • Other non-heritage properties or those located outside of the Aurora Promenade where the development is determined to have potential physical/aesthetic impact on the streetscape and public realm.

The purpose of the Panel is to implement the Town's Official Plan objective to promote design excellence in community design. The Panel is not intended to replace the development approval process or role of Council, but provide an additional level of consultation and review in the pursuit of design excellence for new development and redevelopment within the Town. The Panel does not have the authority to approve or refuse projects or make policy decisions, or recommendations on land use.

2019 - 2020 Meeting Dates

Meeting agendas will be shown on this page as they become available. Meeting notes will be posted after the next scheduled meeting, once the Panel has reviewed and endorsed them.

The panel meets during regular business hours every two months, typically from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. All meetings are held at the Town of Aurora in the Leksand Room, first floor, unless otherwise noted. Proponents will be provided an agenda with the timing of their item approximately one week prior to the meeting date. The proponent team should arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of their item for set-up. 

2019-2020 Meeting Dates

Meeting Date Application Submission Deadline Meeting Room Agenda Meeting Notes
June 26, 2019 June 12, 2019 Leksand Room Meeting Agenda 1 Meeting Notes 1
September 9, 2019 August 26, 2019 Holland Room Meeting Agenda 2 Meeting Notes 2
October 7, 2019 September 23, 2019 Holland Room Meeting Agenda 3 Meeting Notes 3
February 3, 2020 (tentative) January 20, 2020 (tentative) Holland Room  Meeting Agenda 4 Meeting Notes 4

April 6, 2020 (tentative)


March 23, 2020 (tentative)


Holland Room  N/A  N/A

June 29, 2020 

May 18, 2020 (tentative) Holland Room  Meeting Agenda 5  Meeting Notes 5

Briefing materials are to be provided two weeks in advance of the meeting date for inclusion in a briefing package distributed to Panel Members, as noted in the table above. The content of the briefing package will depend on the stage of review (Conceptual or Detailed) for each project. Please review Section 10.0 of the Terms of Reference for more information on what to submit at each stage of review.

The Briefing materials should be submitted in electronic .pdf format in one file, no longer than 30-40 pages, depending on the complexity of the project. Printing and distribution of briefing materials will be provided by Town of Aurora Staff at the beginning of the meeting. 


Each project will have a total of approximately 45 minutes, including presentation time and the ensuing discussion. Proponents will have a maximum of 15 minutes to present the project to Panel Members.  A laptop will be made available.

The presentation should not be related to policy or the project background (area context, submission history). This information will be covered in Town Staff's presentation.

If you require easels or a table to display mounted drawings or a massing model respectively, please provide your request directly to Staff within three days of the meeting.