The Planning division, as part of the Infrastructure Services Department, is responsible for the distribution of information and advice to Council, landowners, the general public and to the development industry with respect to land use planning.

The division also administers the Town’s Official Plan, the Zoning Bylaw and the development approvals process. Planning staff conduct research into a variety of land use planning matters including changing provincial policy and emerging issues affecting a broad range of economic, environmental and social factors that contribute to the community.

The Planning division manages change in the community through direct involvement in built heritage preservation as established in the Heritage Conservation District, managing facades and enhancement, urban design, and the preservation and enhancement of the natural environment, all with the view of building and maintaining a healthy, balanced sustainable community.

General information on the land use planning process in Ontario is available online at MAH Citizens Guide to Land Use Planning.