Official Plan, Municipal Plan

An official plan is the over-arching land use planning document for a municipality. It sets policy directions and goals that will shape your neighbourhood, town, village or city.

The official plan must be consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement and conform with provincial land use plans. All decisions on other planning applications are required to conform with the policies of the official plan.

An official plan deals with issues like:

  • Where new housing, industry, offices and shops will be located
  • What services like roads, public transportation, community facilities and parks will be needed
  • When, and in what order, parts of your community will grow
  • Economic development
  • Urban design and built form

The official plan lets residents know what to expect and provides a framework for the zoning by-laws.