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The Committee of Adjustment, which considers minor variance and severance matters is also administered by the Planning Division. City Council, other boards, commissions and departments are advised through the Planning Division of applications to change the Official Plan, Zoning by-law, Housing Policy and other planning documents.
The Planning Division is responsible for the following areas:
- Official Plan Policy Development
To ensure current and up-to-date land use and long range planning policies of the Official Plan. Responsibilities include Official Plan updates and secondary plan initiatives.
- Current Planning Operations
Process applications for amendments to the Official Plan and Zoning By-Law, including minor variances to the Zoning By-Law.
Process applications focussing on the subdivision of land, including associated Official Plan and Zoning By-Law amendments. Responsibilities also include related engineering services, including the review and approval of servicing plans, lot grading and drainage reports and subdivision agreements.
- Urban Design
Includes urban design project planning, such as downtown streetscape, site plan control applications, condominium approval and parks planning. More information regarding Site Plan Submission Requirements available here.
- Municipal Property
Management of municipally-owned properties, including advice to Council on the acquisition and disposition of land.
- Committee of Adjustment
Process applications for the Committee of Adjustment for minor variances to the Zoning By-Law and the severance of land. More information is available here.
Primary source for information related to population and demographics, retailing information, population and housing demand projections and residential land inventories.