Planning and Development Services manage the growth and physical form of the Township. We maintain this through the land use planning process and by establishing goals for future growth and development. The Planning department is responsible for the review, processing and approval of all planning applications under the Planning Act, as amended.

Land use planning means managing our land and resources. It helps each community to set goals about how it will grow and develop. It helps to reach those goals while keeping in mind important social, economic and environmental concerns. It balances the interests of individual property owners with the wider interest and goals of the community.

Our role

Planning is guided by the Planning Act, the Provincial Policy Statement, the County Official Plan and the Township's Official Plans and Zoning By-Laws. The Planning department's role is to:

  • Review/approve both long-range policy planning (Official Plan and Secondary Plans).
  • Review/approve current development proposals (Zoning By-Law, Plan of Subdivision, Site Plan Control, Minor Variance and Consent).
  • Review, develop and apply land use policies and land use By-Laws.
  • Provide planning advice to Council, residents and landowners.
  • Balance the interests of people, the environment and the local economy to create a great place to live.
  • Create policies that support effective land use strategies that increase quality of life for residents.

Land use in the Township is also regulated by A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and a portion of the Township is regulated by the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan.

Our services

The main services provided by the Planning Department are:

  • Policy Planning
  • Development Proposal review
  • Zoning By-law and Official Plan Interpretation

Planning staff are responsible for the following:

  • Consent/Severances
  • Planning Applications and Special Projects
  • Minor Variances
  • Official Plan and Official Plan Amendments
  • Planning Application Forms
  • Planning Fees
  • Site Plan Control
  • Subdivisions
  • Zoning and Zoning By-law Amendments

Planning Applications

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Property Inquiries

Please fill out our property inquiries form if you are interested in learning more about a property within the Township. 

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Development Charges

Development Charges By-Law