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The Planning Services team

  • Provides information, expertise and guidance to individuals, organizations and developers with respect to land use planning services
  • Processes applications to approve consents/severances, minor variances, Zoning By-law amendments, Official Plan amendments, subdivisions, condominiums, site plans and other planning related agreements
  • Provides compliance reports and lawyer’s letters regarding planning and development
  • Maintains the Municipality’s Official Plan and Zoning By-laws

Prior to undertaking any planning matter, it is strongly recommended that you consult with Planning Services. Please call or email to make an appointment with a staff member.


Please visit our Planning Frequently Asked Questions page.


Melanie Ducharme
Municipal Clerk / Planner

Natasha Liard Bigras
Planning and Building Clerk

Planning and development applications are reviewed within the context of The Planning Act, the Municipality’s Official Plan, Zoning By-laws, and Provincial Policy Statements.

The Planning Act

The Planning Act is provincial legislation that outlines the rules for land use planning in Ontario. This includes how land uses may be controlled and who may control them.

The Municipality of West Nipissing must ensure all planning applications are in conformity with The Planning Act and are consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014.

View The Planning Act or read more information on its purpose and role to learn more about planning and development in Ontario.

Provincial Policy Statement

The Provincial Policy Statement provides policy direction on matters of provincial interest related to land use planning and development. As a key part of Ontario’s policy-led planning system, the Provincial Policy Statement sets the policy foundation for regulating the development and use of land. It also supports the provincial goal to enhance the quality of life for all Ontarians.

The Provincial Policy Statement provides for appropriate development while protecting resources of provincial interest, public health and safety, and the quality of the natural and built environment. The Provincial Policy Statement supports improved land use planning and management, which contributes to a more effective and efficient land use planning system.

The policies of the Provincial Policy Statement may be complemented by provincial plans or by locally-generated policies regarding matters of municipal interest. Provincial plans and municipal official plans provide a framework for comprehensive, integrated, place-based and long-term planning that supports and integrates the principles of strong communities, a clean and healthy environment and economic growth, for the long term.

Land use planning is only one of the tools for implementing provincial interests. A wide range of legislation, regulations, policies and programs may also affect planning matters, and assist in implementing these interests.

The Municipality of West Nipissing must ensure all planning applications are in conformity with The Planning Act and are consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014.

View the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014, or read more on land use planning to find out more about Ontario’s land use policies.

Official Plan

Every municipality in Ontario must have an Official Plan, which sets out the land use policy direction for long-term growth and development in a municipality.

The Municipality of West Nipissing Official Plan contains policies governing various land use designations, such as Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural and Open Space and Natural Heritage. These designations are broadly established on a land use map, also referred to as a schedule. Other policies relating to Mineral Aggregate Resources, Prime Agricultural Lands, Transportation and Community Improvement are incorporated into the Plan.

The current Official Plan for the Municipality of West Nipissing was approved by the Province on December 8, 2011. Any development application submitted will be reviewed under this Official Plan. This ensures your plans align with long-term municipality growth.

See below to find the Official Land Use Plan for your community:

Zoning By-laws

A zoning by-law controls the use of land in your community. It states exactly:

  • how land may be used (residential, commercial, industrial, etc.);
  • where buildings and other structures can be located;
  • the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used; and
  • the lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks.

Every property in West Nipissing is subject to the provisions of Zoning By-law 2014/45. The Zoning By-law will be used to confirm your plans align with current policies on how land may be used in your community.

The Comprehensive Zoning By-law and land use schedules:

Related Documents:

To submit an amendment to either the current Official Plan or current Zoning By-laws, consult with the Planning Department and complete an Application for Official Plan Amendment / Zoning By-law Amendment Form.

Planning – Frequently Asked Questions

Building and Renovating

Zoning and Land Use

Lot Creation and Subdivisions

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