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How the Development Permit System Relates to Planning Reform

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The Development Permit System (DPS) is part of the government’s commitment to reforming how land use planning is done in Ontario. The DPS can help municipalities achieve priorities such as preserving greenspace, promoting brownfield redevelopment, protecting important natural resources and features, and building better communities where people want to live, work and invest.

The province has taken a number of steps to achieve these goals, including:

  • Making the planning process more accountable and transparent through the Strong Communities (Planning Amendment) Act, 2004 (Bill 26)
  • Providing strong, clear policy direction for protecting provincial land use planning interests in the Provincial Policy Statement, 2005, and
  • Creating a more effective planning process and improving tools to support sustainable development through the Planning and Conservation Land Statute Law Amendment Act, 2006 (Bill 51).

Ontario Regulation 608/06 is part of the package of planning reforms the government has implemented to make Ontario’s land use planning system more effective and provide municipalities with the tools required to promote appropriate growth and development. Ontario Regulation 608/06 allows all local municipalities to use the DPS and sets minimum requirements for use of the system.

The DPS also incorporates all of the tools to support sustainable development created through amendments to the Planning Act made by the Planning and Conservation Land Statue Law Amendment Act, 2006. For example, the DPS includes tools which provide new and enhanced authority for municipalities to consider exterior design of buildings and the accessibility of a development proposal, and to secure streetscape improvements such as landscaping, street furniture and bicycle parking facilities.