Every planning and development application must be justified and proven to be ‘good planning’. This means that Best Planning Practices are considered, such as good urban design, compatibility with adjacent land uses, reducing sprawl, creating a mix of housing and land uses (among others). Specifically, there must be coherence with planning policy documents (provincial plans, official plans & zoning by-laws) to ensure that the development is appropriate and constitutes ‘good planning’.
A Planning Justification Report is typically required of most development applications as a method to evaluate the planning policies that prevail as well as consider Best Planning Practices for the proposal. Groundswell has qualified Planners that can prepare these reports that include a thorough review of policy and process, as well as high-quality graphics and images to support our position.