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Planning, development and construction

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Land use planning is described and illustrated in this section including how the Official Plan and master plans guide growth. The challenges facing our growing city and the building blocks needed to attain our goals are also highlighted.  

The Official Plan provides a vision for the future growth of the city and a policy framework to guide its physical development.  The master plans support the Official Plan.

The Official Plan provides a vision of the future of the city and its physical development. Design and Planning Guidelines translate that broad framework into detailed principles for development. These guidelines play an integral role in achieving high quality design throughout the city.

Development is a very broad term that encompasses activities that result in a change of land use or the construction or addition to a building(s) or to the creation of a parcel of land. Outlined in this section is a step-by-step guide through the development application review process.

The Committee of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial administrative tribunal appointed by City Council that operates at arm’s length from the City administration. The Committee derives its jurisdiction from the Planning Act to make decisions on Minor Variances, Permission Applications and Consents to Sever.

Heritage planning is the preservation, conservation, rehabilitation, restoration and management of heritage resources. Heritage planners work to manage change throughout the city to ensure that cultural heritage resources are retained, protected and integrated into new developments.