Planning and Development



The primary responsibility of the Town of Whitby's Planning and Development Department is to assist Town Council and members of the public in matters related to land use planning.

Land use planning affects almost every aspect of life in the Town. It helps determine how our community should be shaped, where homes and businesses should be built, where parks and schools should be located, and where and how other essential services should be provided.

Good planning encourages public participation and leads to orderly growth and the efficient provision of services. It touches all of us and helps us to have the kind of community we want.

The Planning and Development Department oversees a variety of planning applications and special projects and consists of five sections:

Statutory Public Planning Meetings

A Statutory Public Planning Meeting is held under the Planning Act for certain types of development applications.  These Public Meetings will be held approximately once per month to provide the public with information, and to receive submissions, regarding development applications, prior to consideration by Council.  Statutory Public Planning Meetings are open to the public to provide an opportunity for individuals in attendance at the meeting to provide feedback on the application(s) being discussed.  Additional information regarding these meetings is available at:

Boards and Committees

Council and Committee Agendas

Council and Committee agendas are posted on the Wednesday prior to a meeting and are available online.

Current Agendas and Reports

Planning Fees

The Planning Fees page lists fees for various planning related applications.

Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT)

The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), formerly known as the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), is a tribunal that hears cases (i.e. appeals) regarding a range of municipal land use planning matters, such as Official Plans, Zoning By-laws, plans of subdivision, heritage protection, and minor variances.  ,  

The Local Planning Appeal Support Centre helps people understand and navigate the land use planning and appeal process in Ontario.

For status, information and/or decisions regarding planning appeals in Whitby, please visit the LPAT's e-status webpage, and select Whitby.

Citizen's Guide to Land Use Planning (MMAH)

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) provides an in -depth look at the various types of planning applications and information ranging from The Planning Act to Official Plans, Subdivisions, Zoning By-laws, Land Severances, and the Ontario Municipal Board. To view this information, visit MMAH's Citizen's Guide to Land Use Planning website.

Land Use Planning Resources (MMAH)

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has listed a number links to various webpages on their land use planning resources website: