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These resources are grouped into topic areas and relate to case study, guide, guidelines, information, legislation, planning and tools.

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  • The resources are intended to provide you with general information only and are not an interpretation of any act.


Guide Planning for Barrier-Free Municipalities (MMAH)
Information Infosheet - The Planning Act and Accessibility (MMAH)

Affordable Housing

Guide Municipal Tools for Affordable Housing handbook (MMAH)


Guidelines Classifying Prime and Marginal Agricultural Soils and 
Landscapes (OMAFRA)
Legislation Farming and Food Production Protection Act (OMAFRA)
Guide Guide to Agricultural Land Use (OMAFRA)
Guidelines Guidelines for Detailed Soil Survey for Agricultural Land Use Planning (OMAFRA)
Guide Minimum Distance Separation – MDS (OMAFRA)
Guide Neighbour Relations (OMAFRA)
Legislation Nutrient Management Act (OMAFRA)

Appeals and Mediation

Guide Citizens' guide #6 - Ontario Municipal Board Citizens' guide (MMAH)
Guide Citizens' guide #10 - Making Mediation Work for You (MMAH)


Guide A Practical Guide to Brownfield Redevelopment in Ontario (MMAH)
Information Brownfield Redevelopment in Small Urban and Rural Municipalities (MMAH)
Information Financial Tools for Brownfield Redevelopment (MMAH)
Information Taking Action on Brownfields - Addressing Barriers to Redevelopment (MMAH)

Clean Air, Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy

Information Energy Conservation, Efficiency and Supply (Energy)
Legislation Green Energy Act (MTCS)
Information Improving Air Quality (MMAH)
Information Municipal Tools for Planning and Development Series – Wind Energy (MMAH)
Information  Planning for Electricity Infrastructure (Energy)

Cultural Heritage and Archaeology

Information Archaeological Management Plans (MMAH)
Information Designating Heritage Properties (MTCS)

Environmental Assessment

Legislation Environmental Assessment Act (MOECC)

General Information

Guide Citizens' guide # 3- Zoning By-laws (MMAH)
Guide Citizens' guide #4 - Subdivisions (MMAH)
Guide Citizens' guide #5 - Land Severance (MMAH)
Guide Citizens' guide #7 - Northern Ontario (MMAH)
Guide Citizen's guide #8 - Building Permits (MMAH)
Guide Citizens' guide #9 - Plan Review and Approval Process (MMAH)
Information Linkages with other Provincial Initiatives (MMAH)
Information Ontario Building Code (MMAH)

Mining, Minerals and Aggregates

Legislation Aggregate Resources Act (MNRF)
Tools CLAIMaps (MNDM)
Information Geology Ontario (MNDM)
Legislation Mining Act (MNDM)
Information Oil, Gas and Salt Resources (MNRF)

Municipal Planning

Guide Business Improvement Area Handbook (MMAH)
Guide Citizens' guide #2 - Official Plans (MMAH)
Guide Community Improvement Planning Handbook (MMAH)
Case Study Municipal-Aboriginal Relationships: Case Studies (MMAH)
Tools Municipal Financial Tools for Planning and Development (MMAH)
Guide  Municipal Quality of Life for Economic Prosperity (MMAH)
Tools Municipal Readiness for Economic Development (MMAH)
Guide Presentation for the Development Permit System (MMAH)

Natural Heritage, Endangered Species and Wild Life Habitat

Legislation Endangered Species Act, 2007 (MNRF)

Provincial Plans

Information A series of intensification visualization images on Places to Grow website (MMAH)
Information Brochure - Understanding the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (MMAH)
Guide Built Boundary for the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (MMAH)
Planning Central Pickering Development Plan (MMAH)
Planning Greenbelt Plan (MMAH)
Planning Growth Plan for Northern Ontario, 2011 (MMAH)
Tools Image Bank (MMAH)
Planning Niagara Escarpment Plan (MNRF)
Legislation Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act (MNRF)
Planning Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (MMAH)
Case study ORMCP Technical Paper Series (MMAH)
Case study Planning for Employment in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (MMAH)
Information Quick Reference sheet on the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (MMAH)
Case study Simcoe Area: A Strategic Vision for Growth (MMAH)
Guide Size and Location of Urban Growth Centres in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (MMAH)
Case study Urban Form Case Studies (MMAH)


Guidelines Corridor Management Guideline (MTO)
Planning Detroit River International Crossing Project (MTO)
Guidelines Guidelines for the Preparation of Traffic Impact Studies (MTO)
Guidelines Guidelines for Municipal Official Plan Preparation and Review (MTO)
Information Planning for Railway Safety Information Sheet (MMAH)
Legislation Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act (MTO)


Legislation Clean Water Act 2006 (MOECC)
Legislation Conservation Authorities Act (MNRF)
Legislation Ontario Water Resources Act (MOECC)
Legislation Safe Drinking Water Act 2002 (MEOCC)



OMAFRA = Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ministry of Energy
MEOCC = Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
MMAH = Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
MNRD = Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
MNRF = Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
MTO = Ministry of Transportation
MTSC = Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport


The Planning and Application Resource Centre contains resources and information relating to various aspects of the Ontario land use planning system. As the information in the resource centre deals in summarized fashion with complex matters and reflects legislation, policies and practices that are subject to change, this information should not be construed as legal advice. The resource centre should also not be relied upon as a substitute for specialized legal or professional advice in connection with any particular matter. The user is solely responsible for any use or application of this information. As such, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing does not accept any legal responsibility for the contents of the resource centre or for any consequences, including direct or indirect liability, arising from its use.