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Planning Services

David Crome


The Planning Services Department is responsible for managing the growth of the Municipality. We perform a variety of services for the Corporation, residents and businesses.

Planning Policy

We are responsible for developing planning policy, looking at long-term land use plans for the Municipality which guide the management of land and resources. We are in the midst of amending the Clarington Official Plan, a process that requires time and extensive public consultation. The Official Plan is a document that guides sustainable development, helps manage growth, focuses on the development of a healthy community, and is implemented (in part) through the regulations detailed in the Municipality's Zoning By-laws.

Development Approval

Planning is also responsible for development approvals involving applications for land use development and/or change. Applications include Official Plan amendments, proposed plans of subdivision, proposed plans of condominium, rezonings, site plan applications, consent applications, minor variances, sign permits and registration of in-house apartments. Staff work closely with applicants, agencies and staff from other departments. Some applications require a public meeting be scheduled and notice provided to neighbours through the mail as well as in the form of a sign on the property. Most applications are reviewed by Council for approval.

Community Development Initiatives

We work and provide help to a variety of community volunteers and groups. We provide several local committees with committee development, funding proposals and administrative support. Committees assisted include Clarington Heritage Committee, Agricultural Advisory Committee of Clarington, Bowmanville, Newcastle and Orono Community Improvement Liaison Groups, St. Marys Cement Community Relations Committee and the Miller Compost Community Relations Committee.

School crossing guards

Planning Services oversees the school crossing guard program to ensure our children make it to and from school safely.

Geomatic Services

We also provide Geomatic Services for internal and external customers. This includes digitized mapping, thematic analysis, orthophotos and property addresses.

Real Estate

Planning Services is responsible for acquiring real estate and property for public use. We are also responsible for the disposal of Municipal property that is no longer needed. The Clarington Official Plan identifies the general location of lands required for municipal purposes. Council then approves a Land Acquisition Strategy which covers the urban areas of Courtice, Bowmanville, and Newcastle Village and identifies those properties required for waterfront parks, community facilities, active and passive recreation areas, transportation needs, other municipal needs and the protection of ecologically sensitive areas. The Strategy follows the visions set out in Clarington's Official Plan.

Environmental Assessments and other studies

The Planning Services Department is involved in a variety of studies including Environmental Assessments (EAs). These studies are decision-making processes used to promote good environmental planning by assessing the potential effects of certain activities on the environment, economic and social viability and health of Clarington.


The Planning Services Department works with many partners to ensure the social and economic goals of residents are balanced with the need to protect the environment.

Planning Services is involved in ongoing incentive programs that establish best management practices for individuals and groups to protect public lands. Stewardship is a shared responsibility of government, corporations and residents.

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