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The Planning Division is responsible for the Durham Regional Official Plan, which establishes the broad policy framework for managing the future growth and development of the Region. Goals of the Plan are to protect the environment, preserve agricultural land, provide an integrated and efficient transportation system and encourage economic opportunities for the well-being of present and future residents. Ongoing review ensures that the Plan is responsive to emerging trends and provincial policies and plans. The Plan is implemented through the review and approval of development applications, including local municipal official plan amendments, plans of subdivision/condominiums, and consent to sever. Citizen engagement is facilitated through input from Advisory Committees on Agriculture, Environment and Trails.

The Planning Act outlines the development review process in Ontario with the following development applications reviewed at the Regional level:

  • Regional Official Plan Amendments (ROPA)
  • Area Municipal Official Plan Amendments (OPA)
  • Plans of Subdivision, Condominium and Part-Lot Control
  • Consents
  • Zoning By-Laws
  • Minor Variance

To view the applicable Regional fees click here.

For more information click here.

Contact information:
Planning and Economic Development Department, Planning Division
Regional Headquarters - 4th Floor, 605 Rossland Rd. E.
P.O. Box 623, Whitby, ON L1N 6A3
905-668-7711 or 1-800-372-1102 or

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