The Development Planning division undertakes the processing, review and recommendations on all development planning applications and provides a full range of planning input and information with respect to current planning land use issues. The processing of planning applications is based on provincial, regional and municipal policy directives. 

The division is directly involved with the Committee of Adjustment and Heritage Planning.

Planning applications processed and reviewed include: Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw amendments, plans of subdivision, condominium and site plan applications. The division prepares all required agreements for development applications and is responsible for initiating, developing and implementing urban and architectural design policies and guidelines in consultation with the Long Range and Strategic Planning division and retains and reviews peer review consultant reports related to control architecture and environmental reports as may be necessary. 

The administration services of the Committee of Adjustment are also part of Development Planning responsibilities related to minor variances, permissions and consents to sever land. 

Heritage Planning oversees heritage management, playing an active role in the identification and conservation of significant heritage resources.

​Citizen input on planning matters related to development planning applications is an important part of the planning process in Aurora. As such public comment is actively solicited on planning matters related to development applications and for any policy changes to the Official Plan.

Development Engineering

Development Engineering is responsible for working with the Development Planning division. Providing a review and comments on subdivision, condominium, site plans and zoning and official plan amendment applications. The review ensures appropriate development standards; servicing requirements and good engineering practices are met.

The division is also responsible for the review and approval of final detailed engineering designs for all site plan applications and plans of subdivision included within agreements, to ensure conformity to sound engineering principles and engineering design criteria and standards of the Town.

 Committee of Adjustment

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Ontario Planning Act establishes the authority for the Committee of Adjustment to make decisions on minor variances, permissions and consents on property, submitted by the applicant and/or their agent. The Committee of Adjustment is appointed by Council and is comprised of five residents of the Town that meet on a monthly basis. 

Heritage Planning

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Heritage Planning oversees heritage management throughout the Town and plays an active role in the identification and conservation of significant heritage resources, which can include buildings, natural resources, monuments, structures and landscapes.

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