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About Planning

Land Use Planning in Simcoe County

The goals of the County of Simcoe and its Planning Department are to guide the growth and development of the County of Simcoe, to conserve important natural and cultural resources, and to facilitate the provision of efficient municipal services, all with the objective of enhancing the quality of life for County citizens. 

The primary tool to achieve these goals is the Simcoe County Official Plan (SCOP), which sets out a broad County policy framework regarding development and land use.  The SCOP incorporates the basic planning policies of the Provincial Policy Statement, the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, and other Provincial policies, which the County administers on behalf of the Province of Ontario.

Besides being the approval authority for various land use development applications including local Official Plan Amendments, the Planning Department provides critical information to County Council and member municipalities, including growth projections and Provincial planning policy.  The Department assists in the achievement of County objectives and interests in transportation, waste management, natural heritage and forestry.

County of Simcoe Official Plan & Policy Planning

For more information on the County of Simcoe Official Plan and Policy Planning, please visit the Official Plan & Policy Planning page.  

Development Planning

For information on Development Planning, Development Charges, or studies that may be required, please visit the Development Planning page.

Initiatives, Studies and Statistics

For more information on initiatives, studies and statistics undertaken and released by the Planning Department, please visit the Initiatives, Studies and Statistics page.