Planning Services

Land use planning means managing our land and resources. It helps a community to set goals as to how it will grow and develop and to work out ways of reaching those goals while keeping important social, economic and environmental concerns in mind. Good land use planning leads to orderly growth, efficient provision of services and great communities.

The Planning & Development Division provides a ‘one-stop’ planning service that covers four broad and fundamental functions of planning and community development – Land Use Policy, Development Approvals, Committee of Adjustment and Community Vibrancy. For more information on these functions, please explore the content below and the many insightful pieces of information contained in the various links.

Land Use Policy

A planning policy framework governs land use planning in Ontario. All decisions relating to land use and the creation of development regulations stem from the Provincial and local policy frameworks which are updated every five years.

Development Approvals

The Planning & Development Division is responsible for detailed development review and approval processes under the Planning Act. The fundamental role of the Division in the review of development proposals is to ensure that land use and design are appropriate, functional and compatible with their surroundings. This is accomplished through the review and approval of planning applications, administration of design criteria and management of servicing allocation.

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Planning Applications

There are a number of planning applications required to facilitate approval of different types of development proposals.

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Design Criteria

The County’s Engineering Design Criteria are the Council approved development standards which staff use as the design template in reviewing development proposals and engineering submissions. The criteria address everything from servicing design to lot grading; stormwater management to roadway design; and, much more.

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Servicing Allocation

A list of typical projects/situations that do not require the issuance of a building permit prior to construction or demolition including examples of construction, installations, renovations and demolitions.

Committee of Adjustment

The Committee of Adjustment is a committee appointed by Haldimand County Council under authority from the Planning Act to consider applications for land severance and minor variance from the provisions of a Zoning Bylaw. The Committee of Adjustment meets every month according to the 2019 Approved Schedule.

Community Vibrancy

A development or infrastructure project, once built, is to be there for decades. Therefore, it is important to promote design excellence as to how things work, are sequenced, and connected to surroundings; how recognizable space or place is; how people feel about it and how they are attracted to it. The way something ‘looks’ and ‘works’ is as important as the land use itself. Planning is responsible for taking initiatives such as Urban Design Guidelines and Streetscape Plans to address this and create more vibrant and attractive communities.

Zoning By-laws

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