Land Use Planning
Well-designed, well-planned communities attract jobs and investment. Ontario’s land use planning system gives municipalities the major role in planning decisions. The ministry identifies and protects provincial interests, and promotes sound infrastructure planning, environmental protection, economic development and safe communities.
The four provincial land use plans for the Greater Golden Horseshoe are now under review. The plans work together to manage growth, protect the natural environment and support economic development. Your input can help to inform changes to the plans.
Ontario's changes to the Planning Act and the Development Charges Act are intended to provide for enhanced tools and processes for communities and residents to determine how their neighbourhoods grow, and to plan and pay for growth. The legislation also aims to help municipalities recover more costs for growth-related infrastructure, give residents more say in how their communities grow, protect and promote greenspaces, enhance transparency and accountability, set clearer rules for land use planning, give municipalities more independence to make local decisions and make it easier to resolve disputes.
Planning and Application Resource Centre
Welcome to Planning and Application Resource Centre (PARC) your source for information and tools related to the One Window land use planning service in Ontario.
This resource centre is brought to you by the One Window Provincial Planning Service, a collaboration of seven provincial ministries. The resource centre is designed to make it easier for you to:
An ecologically based plan established by the Ontario government to provide land use and resource management direction for the 190,000 hectares of land and water within the Moraine.
The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe was created in 2006 to guide how and where growth should occur, protect farm land and green spaces, and maximize the benefits of infrastructure investments in the fast-growing, diverse region.
Ontario’s Greenbelt is an area of permanently protected green space, farmland, forests, wetlands and watersheds.
Places to Grow is the Ontario government's program to plan for growth and development in a way that supports economic prosperity, protects the environment and helps communities achieve a high quality of life across the province. Through Places to Grow, we develop regional growth plans that guide government investments and policies.
The Provincial Policy Statement provides direction on matters of provincial interest related to land use planning and development, and promotes the provincial “policy-led” planning system.
The Growth Plan for Northern Ontario, 2011, is a 25-year plan that aims to strengthen the region’s long-term sustainability and prosperity.
More in Land Use Planning:
- Brownfields OntarioBrownfields redevelopment is a critical part of building strong, healthy communities. Redeveloping unused, former industrial or commercial sites will help revitalize neighbourhoods, create jobs and housing, and boost development in areas with existing transit, infrastructure and community facilities.
- Central Pickering Development PlanIncludes summary of background studies, presentations of previous open house sessions, and contact information
- Citizens' Guides to Land-use PlanningA series of Citizens’ Guides to help you understand how the land use planning process works in Ontario. These updated Guides reflect changes introduced by the government’s Planning Reform initiative through Bills 26 and 51 which received Royal Assent on November 30, 2004 and October 19, 2006 respectively.
- Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review
- Greenbelt ProtectionThe Greenbelt Act, 2005, Greenbelt Plan, Greenbelt maps, Greenbelt Council, and all Greenbelt related information
- Municipal Planning & Development Tools
- Office of the Provincial Land and Development Facilitator
- Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC)
- Ontario Municipal BoardFact Sheet
- Parkway Belt West Plan
- Performance Indicators
- Places to GrowPlaces to Grow is the Ontario government's program to plan for growth and development in a way that supports economic prosperity, protects the environment and helps communities achieve a high quality of life across the province. Through Places to Grow, we develop regional growth plans that guide government investments and policies.
- Planning Act Approval Authority in OntarioAn overview of where planning approval authority rests.
- Planning and Application Resource CentreYour source for information and tools on land use planning in Ontario.
- Provincial Policy StatementThe Provincial Policy Statement provides direction on matters of provincial interest related to land use planning and development, and promotes the provincial “policy-led” planning system. The Planning Act requires that the Provincial Policy Statement be reviewed periodically to make sure its policies are still effective. The Provincial Policy Statement, 2014 is effective April 30, 2014.
- Related Legislation
- The Oak Ridges MoraineThe Oak Ridges Moraine is an environmentally sensitive geological landform in south central Ontario, covering 190,000 hectares.
- The Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015 (Bill 73)