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Development & Engineering Services » Planning & Development

Community Planning

What is Community Planning and how does it affect me?

Community Planning is a process that helps communities define how they will grow and develop. It works out ways of reaching these goals while keeping important social, economic and environmental concerns in mind. It balances the interests of individual property owners with the wider interests and objectives of the whole community.

Community Planning impacts almost every aspect of our community. Look around you and you will see the many facets of your life that are touched by Community Planning - the location and design of homes, schools, parks, recreational areas, offices, stores and factories; the preservation, re-use or demolition of old buildings; protection of our environmental resources; and the provision of municipal services such as roads, sewers and water pipes.

How do we plan for the future?

Every municipality has an Official Community Plan (OCP) that provides an overall vision, goals and objectives for the growth and development, protection of resources and construction of infrastructure for sustainable communities.

Secondary/Themed Plans and Neighbourhood Plans are land use strategies that guide how defined areas will grow in the future and can be considered a second layer (or amendments) to the overarching OCP. Secondary Planning is a specific tool, which helps Planners better understand opportunities and address issues related to land use in certain defined geographic areas.

These plans provide specific policies for those areas of the City where more detailed direction is needed for land use, infrastructure, transportation, environmental protection, urban design or similar matters beyond the general framework provided by the Official Community Plan. Secondary Plans also provide an opportunity to promote consistency in new/developing areas and compatibility within existing areas that require revitalization.

What is the role of the Planner?

Planners help develop and design new communities and ensure appropriate growth within existing communities. They help protect natural and cultural heritage resources for enjoyment of future generations and work to improve quality of life. Planners are responsible for directing the planning process for Community Plans. They gather public input and study issues by developing and reviewing plans, policies and projects that protect and improve communities. Planners work collaboratively to bring residents, property owners, businesses,community organizationsand other stakeholders together to share ideas and work together to determine how to improve the community today and explore what the community should look like 20 years from now.

How are Community Plans prepared?

Once a need for a Secondary Plan or Neighbourhood Plan has been identified, Planners will introduce the study to the community to get an understanding of how the residents see their neighbourhood changing and growing. From this meeting, Planners can balance the needs and wants of the community against the planning policy guiding growth/redevelopment in the City and the Province. Since Community Plans can affect a large area and require extensive studies, planning staff must work with other divisions, departments and agencies such as Public Works, Development Engineering and Parks and Recreation.

Planners consult with these stakeholders along with the public throughout the entire process to develop a plan that will make the community a good place to live, work and play.

Why are Community Plans prepared?

Community Plans create a vision for the future and then provide the process for how to get from where you are today to where you want to be in the future. A Community Plan is prepared to assist in the creation of a vibrant, attractive and healthy community or to revitalize an existing community by promoting pedestrian-friendly streets, a mix of housing choices and a profitable commercial/retail area. Community Plans are also prepared to address specific issues.

How do I get involved?

You can be a part of the planning process by keeping informed about what is going on in your community and by taking part in the public process. With your participation, City Council will be able to make better decisions that affect the future of your neighbourhood. If you are interested in getting involved, you should:
Find out as much as possible about the issue and think about how it will affect you;

  • Participate in public meetings and public information
  • centres so your voice is heard;
  • Write to your Council member about your views;
  • Contact City Planners; and
  • Participate in Municipal Elections.

Planning and Development
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