York Region takes a strategic approach to developing plans and policies for services, growth and development. Plans and policies aim to balance community needs, economic prosperity and environmental protection for current and future residents and businesses. The Region’s primary focus through the Regional Official Plan is to manage land use change and promote efficient and effective development patterns related to growth management objectives.
York Region has recently completed the Municipal Comprehensive Review process to update the Region’s population and employment forecasts, land budget and Regional Official Plan policies. To find out more visit the Municipal Comprehensive Review page.
Planning Advisory Committee
The York Region Planning Advisory Committee is a committee appointed by Regional Council pursuant to the Planning Act. The mandate of the Planning Advisory Committee is to provide Regional Council and staff with advice regarding key land use planning matters in York Region.
Members provide input on issues that impact the long-term community vision for the Region. Planning Advisory Committee meetings are scheduled on a quarterly basis and began in early 2018.
Planning Advisory Committee activity is reported to Regional Council through the Planning and Economic Development section of Committee of the Whole.
- Growth management
- Alignment with Provincial plans and policies
- Collecting data, analyzing and forecasting policy
- Stakeholder consultation
- Strategic planning projects and emerging land use planning policy issues
- Defending policy initiatives before the Ontario Municipal Board
The Province of Ontario encourages well-designed, well-planned communities that attract residents, jobs and investment. The land use planning system gives municipalities a major role in planning decisions. York Region through its growth and development planning must ensure that its Regional Official Plan conforms to Provincial plans. There are a number of key Provincial plans that guide land use planning. They aim to promote sound infrastructure planning, environmental protection and economic development, through the development of complete communities and vibrant cities.
Provincial documents include:
- Provincial Policy Statement
- A Place to Grow - Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2017)
- Greenbelt Plan (2017)
- Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (2017)
- Lake Simcoe Protection Plan
Centres and Corridors
Our Centres and Corridors program helps us manage growth in our four regional city “centres” and the transit “corridors” that link them. It supports livable and complete York Region communities, and aims to slow outward growth.
- Markham Centre
- Newmarket Centre
- Richmond Hill/Langstaff Gateway
- Vaughan Metropolitan Centre
- Highway 7
- Yonge Street
- Davis Drive
- Green Lane
The four Regional Centres are planned for a mix of uses, including residential, retail and offices. Together with the Regional Corridors, these transit oriented communities are served by vivaNext bus rapid transit and create a high quality of life for residents. Centres and Corridors also provide businesses with convenient access to the most talented people in the Greater Toronto Area.
To learn more, visit our City Building page or download the Centres and Corridors Best Practices Guide.
- Development Teams Contact List
- Development Application Fees
- Development Applications Submission Checklist
- Affordable Housing, Measuring and Monitoring Guidelines
- Housing Matters — Update 2019
- Sustainable Development through LEED® Incentive Program
- Servicing Incentive Program
- Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Citizen's Guide to Land-use Planning
- York Maps