Planning & Development
Official Plan and Provincial Land Use Planning Policies
An Official Plan provides an overarching policy direction on how land in the community should be used by upper-tier, lower-tier, and single tier municipalities. As an upper-tier municipality, Dufferin County is responsible for managing growth and providing guidance on land use planning for the County’s eight lower-tier municipalities.
Dufferin County is expected to grow to approximately 85,000 people and 32,000 jobs by 2041. This represents an increase in 23,265 people and 7,646 jobs according to the 2016 Census data. In order to plan and accommodate this growth we are reviewing and updating our Official Plan through a process called a Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR).
Conservation authorities are watershed-based resource management agencies that play an important role in the land use planning and development process. They manage watersheds and flooding, protect source water, and provide various environmental education programs.
From a planning perspective, Conservation Authorities regulate development and activities that impact rivers, creeks, streams or wetlands. They also provide technical comments and advice with respect to policy documents, development applications, storm water management, and protecting natural heritage systems at a local level.
Conservation Authorities represent provincial interest in regards to natural hazards under the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014. Click here for more detailed information on their roles and responsibilities in the land use planning and development process.
Niagara Escarpment Commission
The Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act (NEPDA) established the Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC) as a statutory body that operates separately from the provincial government. Their mandate is to protect and preserve the Niagara Escarpment and ensure development only occurs when compatible with the natural environment within the Escarpment.
Dufferin County often receive request for comments regarding development permit applications in the Town of Mono and the Township of Mulmur. Development Permits are similar to municipal building permits, except their consideration is regarding the Escarpment landscape and environment.