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Amendments to The Statements of Provincial Interest Regulations came into effect on January 1, 2021. The Changes Guide for Amendments to the SPI outlines these recent amendments; the updated Statements of Provincial Interest Handbook provides guidance to municipalities, developers and professional planners.
Municipalities are authorized to set policies governing the development of their communities by preparing and adopting:
These planning documents express community priorities and goals and allow developers, business owners and homeowners to make informed decisions about purchasing and developing property in the community. The SPI provide guidance to municipalities on a complex series of land use and development issues for municipalities, enabling them to facilitate the development of vibrant, safe, self-reliant and sustainable municipalities.
Provincial oversight to ensure consistency with the SPI occurs through the approval of new official community plans, district plans, zoning bylaws and subdivision bylaws. Subdivision approving authorities, including the province, are responsible for ensuring consistency with the SPI during the subdivision approval process.
Area of common planning interest to the province and municipalities are:
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