Planning enables civic and community leaders, businesses, and citizens to play an active role in creating communities that contribute to residents’ overall quality of life by providing a range and mix of housing and employment opportunities, essential public services and community spaces that support livable communities. Land use planning strives to achieve the correct balance between new development and the revitalization of existing built up areas, with an overarching objective to protect agricultural land and the environment to the greatest extent viable.
Land use planning establishes a vision and goals for the future of communities and regions through a policy framework. Planners can then review development proposals using land use planning tools, in order to ensure proposed projects are consistent with the direction provided by federal, provincial and municipal levels of government. Additionally, planners are responsible for monitoring and analyzing patterns of development to help make informed forecasts and recommendations for future policy direction.