The board of a planning district is responsible for preparing a development plan for the planning district.
A development plan is a statement of the board’s policies respecting future development. It is the basic tool for land use planning, which will guide land use controls in the zoning by-law and development related decisions of the board or council. The development plan also guides other development processes such as the subdivision approval process.
A development plan helps to ensure compatibility of neighbouring land uses, effective management of natural resources, preservation of natural and heritage resources, the appropriate mix of development, cost-effective and timely delivery of infrastructure services, protection of surface and ground water and sustainable economic and community growth.
What is a Development Plan?
- Sets out objectives and policies for physical, social, environmental and economic development
- Directs the sustainable development of the planning area
- Includes Policy Maps and Statements of Objectives
- Includes Measures for implementing the Plan
- Create a shared vision for the future and set out objectives for the community
- Integrate physical, social, economic and environmental objectives
- Provide for sustainable land use and community development
- Ensure effective use of land and infrastructure
- Protect natural and heritage resources
- Minimize land use conflict
Mid-West Planning District's Development Plan: