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Public input on planning process

We will be hosting focus groups to gather input on public participation in the planning process.

There is a great deal of interest in the planning process, which is admittedly complex and subject to a lot of regulation. We want to know how we can best clarify that process invite the public into it in a meaningful way. We are holding three sessions one for developers and two for sessions for residents.

There are two, two hour-long focus groups to choose from both to be held on Monday, April 3 in the second floor boardroom of 1211 John Counter Blvd.:

- Session A – 1 to 3 p.m -
- Session B – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. -

Please register to participate through
The focus-group input – and a review of the best practices in other municipalities in Ontario – will be used to develop recommendations to update processes.

The planning process considers applications made by residents and developers for proposed buildings, renovations and developments. City staff reviews the applications and, depending on their scope and complexity, either recommend the applications or require changes so that projects comply with municipal regulations.  Some applicants request amendments to zoning bylaws and/or the Official Plan and require further consideration by the planning committee and City council. 

For more information, go to

I hope that you are able to join us to provide input at a focus group.


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Posted on 4/4/17 8:51 AM.
Encouraging to see the City considering 'best practices' of other jurisdictions. Very well run focus group.
Paige Agnew
Paige Agnew
Director of planning, building and licensing services
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