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The Department of Planning & Building Services is responsible for all land use, policy and development planning activities for the Town.

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 Planning First

Who do I contact for more information?

Please contact the Planning Department at 705-526-4275 ext. 2215 or at or additional information including an application for a Zoning Certificate can be found here:

Application for Zoning Certificate

"Planning First" FAQ

What is required as part of the submission for an Application for Zoning Certificate?

The following information is required in order for Staff to review the application:

  • Complete Application for Zoning Certificate.
  • Site Survey (from a Ontario Land Survey) or a Sketch of the property (see Example Sketch)
  • Construction drawings including:  interior and exterior building changes and building elevations

If the proposed construction is listed as being exempt from a Zoning Certificate, the applicant is required to identify the work on the application.  Planning and Building staff will sign and date the application as being exempt and return the application to the applicant for inclusion as part of the Building Permit application.

What is 'Planning First'?

The philosophy of 'Planning First' speaks to the need to work with customers to ensure that they have the required planning approvals in place before submitting their application for a building permit. With 'Planning First', Planning staff are the first contact for counter or phone inquiries, which ensure that projects can be reviewed for compliance with various planning documents prior to the submission of a "complete" building permit application. The purpose is to ensure that customer service is improved for contractors and residents in the Town, by providing them with guidance regarding items they need to provide and meet with respect of the Town's Zoning By-law, and any other planning related regulations and policies. 


Current Studies/ Projects​

Official​ Plan Review​

Zoning By-Law Housekeeping Review​

Building Permit Fee Harmonization​

Midland Bay Landing (formerly Unimin)

Source Protection Plan Implementation Study  

Downtown Master Plan Study Official Plan Review​