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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.


Planning and Application Resource Centre

   Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review

Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review 

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.

Bill 73 – proposed Smart Growth for Our Communities Act 

Ontario is proposing reforms to the Planning Act and the Development Charges Act that would give residents a greater, more meaningful say in how their communities grow, and would provide more opportunities to fund growth-related infrastructure like transit through the development charges system.

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Planning and Application Resource Centre

Welcome to the source for information and tools related to the One Window land use planning service in Ontario.

Browse Land Use Planning Resources

Find resources and guidance materials that may help you prepare your land use planning application, including required background studies.

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How to apply for a Planning Decision

Read about how to get started with a planning application and where the approval authority rests. Access planning application forms for use where the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is the planning approval authority.

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Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan

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.


Greenbelt Protection

Ontario’s Greenbelt is an area of permanently protected green space, farmland, forests, wetlands and watersheds.

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Provincial Policy Statement

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.

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