Official Plans & Zoning Bylaws

There are two key pieces municipalities are required to enact through the Planning Act: an official plan and a zoning by-law. An official plan is the guiding policy document for a municipality that provides direction to city staff as to how the City should grow. Municipal policy however must follow from provincial policy through such documents as the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and Provincial Policy Statement.

Planning Policy

Provincial planning policy is important as it directs how municipalities themselves must review development, as well as helps guide tribunal members if a developer appeals its application or municipal policy.

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