The Planning Act, broadly includes, but is not limited, to the following:
- That planning should conform to or be consistent with provincial policy, such as the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and Provincial Policy Statement;
- That municipalities should create official plans that reflect provincial policy;
- That municipalities should create zoning by-laws that provide development standards;
- The ability for developers and municipalities to amend official plans and zoning by-laws;
- The process for approving an official plan and/or zoning by-law amendment, including approval timelines, community benefits often known as section 37; and
- The ability to appeal to the provincial tribunal, such as the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) or Ontario Land Tribunal.