Planning and Development administers the processing of subdivision plans, zoning and official plan amendments and site plans. The service area also administers the work of the Committee of Adjustment, advises City Council and other boards, commissions, and departments on changes to the Official Plan, Zoning By-law and other planning documents.  We research and monitor community planning and development opportunities which includes conducting surveys and developing consultation programs to assist in developing planning policy. Additionally staff administer all municipal planning activities, including parks planning and the development of the City's industrial parks.


Major work program highlights for the Planning Division in 2023:

  1. Detailed design for Otonabee River Trail from Del Crary Park to Little Lake Cemetery completed.
  2. Ongoing implementation of the Central Area Master Plan strategies and CIP programs.
  3. Phase 1 & 2 servicing for Cleantech Commons ongoing.
  4. Update of Zoning By-law ongoing.
  5. Ongoing work on Secondary Planning Projects.
  6. Planning studies for Chemong West and Coldsprings Growth Areas initiated.

An increase in planning application fee rates has been incorporated into the 2023 Budget. Additional staff are included in the 2023 Budget to support increasing application volumes and will be involved in the Development Approval Process to address the changes to the Planning Act resulting from Bill 109.

Performance Data

Major initiatives in 2022: 

  1. Final approval of the new Official Plan.
  2. Zoning By-law Update initiated.
  3. Completion the Urban Park.
  4. Detailed design for Otonabee River Trail from Del Crary Park to Little Lake Cemetery started.
  5. Ongoing implementation of CIP Programs - Y Lofts, Rink/Olive, Hunter Street East development projects.
  6. Ongoing construction of Cleantech Commons.
  7. Streamlining development approval process projects carried out.

2023 Overview

Planning and Development
Description2023 recommended
Expenditures $2,657,804
Revenues $1,323,565
Net requirement $1,334,239