Planning staff gather public input and conduct research to develop plans, regulations and projects that protect and enhance our urban and rural environments. They also provide support for community-based working groups established to review specific development proposals. Land use planning can generally be described as the process through which the growth and physical form of the Municipality are managed. The main tools through which the Municipality manages its physical growth are the Official Plan and the Zoning By-law. The Central Elgin Planning Office reviews and processes development approval applications from both a community planning and an urban design perspective. The Planning Office works with its clients to anticipate and identify current and future community needs, and to ensure that the quality of life in our community is improved over time. The Planning Office prepares policy and processes to ensure that the Municipality can guide growth and community development in the direction the community desires.
The Planning Office, through an agreement, also provides planning services to the City of St. Thomas. The two municipalities together comprise the Central Elgin Planning Area. The Central Elgin Planning Advisory Committee or CEPAC, which is comprised of one member of Council from each municipality, oversees the financial and administrative matters related to the inter-municipal agreement. The partnership is somewhat unique in Ontario and helps provide a regional perspective to the participating municipalities, who already share much both economically and socially.
The Central Elgin Planning Advisory Committee (CEPAC), composed of one Council member from each Municipality, prepares an annual budget, which is approved by each member municipality. CEPAC meets on an as-required basis throughout the year.
The following duties are the responsibility of this department:
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