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Zoning by-law

Zoning By-Laws

Permitted uses and associated
standards for each land use zone

Land Use Development

Land Use Development

Development related information
and resources

Official Plan

Official Plan

Policies that guide and manage land use
and resources within Oxford

Community & Strategic Planning

Community and Strategic Planning involves the regulation of land use that focuses on the physical form and design of neighbourhoods, the social and economic welfare of people, and the protection and enhancement of the natural environment.

Land Use Planning 101

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.

Land Use Planning Services

The Community and Strategic Planning Office is responsible for providing a full range of land use planning services on behalf of the County and the eight area municipalities that comprise the County.

The services provided by this office include:

  • Developing and maintaining the Official Plan and Area Municipal Zoning By-laws;
  • Responding to development inquiries;
  • Providing pre-consultation and development review services for all Planning Act applications;
  • Undertaking growth forecasts and maintaining growth land inventories;
  • Acquiring and maintaining various planning related data sets and statistics;
  • Developing mapping and other planning related resource materials;

The office also assists the area municipalities in undertaking various planning related projects and programs, such as the development of Community Improvement Plans and Urban Design guidelines.

Contact Us for a list of planners responsible for policy development and development review.