Before we get started, here are some common terms and phrases related to planning and development that you should be familiar with.

  • City Planning/Planners: the team of professional urban planners who work on behalf of a municipality
  • Official Plan: the guiding policy document for land-use planning decisions in a municipality
  • Provincial policy: provincial direction on land-use planning matters
  • Tribunal member: refers to an adjudicator at a provincial quasi-judicial tribunal. In recent history, the tribunal has been called either the Ontario Municipal Board, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, or the Ontario Land Tribunal.
  • Zoning By-Law: a municipality’s technical standards and requirements for new buildings, such as height, setbacks, and parking requirements
  • Developer: anyone who is seeking to redevelop a particular site/property. 

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