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Official Plan and Zoning

Official Plan

The Official Plan is the main policy document that municipalities use to manage growth and development decisions today and into the future.

Ontario's Planning Act requires that Clarington review its Official Plan every five years to ensure it conforms to, or does not conflict with, Provincial plans and policies.


Zoning by-laws implement the vision of the Official Plan for a specific area by regulating the use of the land (e.g. commercial or residential) and the required standards (e.g. building size and location) for each use.

The Planning Act also requires that the Municipality update its zoning by-laws within three years of a new Official Plan coming into effect. As the Official Plan Review nears completion, the Municipality has started planning for this next step.

Learn more about planning

Planning Video
Video credit: Ontario Professional Planners Institute


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