Benefits of an Official Plan

An official plan:

  • Lets the public know what the municipality's general land use planning policies are.
  • Makes sure that growth is coordinated and meets the community’s needs.
  • Helps members of the community understand how their land may be used now and in the future.
  • Helps decide where roads, watermains, sewers, dumps, parks and other services will be built.
  • Provides a framework for establishing municipal zoning by-laws to set local regulations and standards, like the size of lots and height of buildings.
  • Provides a way to evaluate and settle conflicting land uses while meeting local, regional and provincial interests.
  • Shows Council's commitment to the future growth of the community.

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