The Planning Department is there to help guide the way the Township grows and is responsible for ensuring the orderly development of both the rural areas and our hamlets. Land use planning is a process which ensures that land and resources are effectively managed and that growth occurs in a manner in which the community desires. The planning process is governed by the Province’s Planning Act and it is the Township’s Official Plan and Zoning By-law which are the daily tools we use to promote attractive and sustainable development while limiting negative impacts on people, neighbors and the environment. This area has been developed with a focus on providing you with information on the most common planning matters and does not reflect a summary of all matters governed under the Planning Act.
Before starting any development, especially one that changes the use of a property, it is important to talk to the Township’s Planner to ensure that the use is permitted in the Zoning By-Law and meets the policies of the Official Plan.
It is also a good idea to contact the Planning Department if you have recently purchased or plan to purchase a business or home, or are looking to start a business in your home, to ensure that you have the relevant property information.
The Planning Department works with the Building Department to ensure that all applications comply with the applicable regulations and that a high quality of life is maintained for all residents.