Staff are responsible for the following key areas:

1. Current Planning

Current Planning pertains to the day-to-day activities associated with any Planning Department in the province as required under the Ontario Planning Act. These activities include dealing with public inquiries, completing property information requests and zoning confirmations, reviewing building permits, processing official plan amendments, rezoning requests, subdivision/condominium applications, site plan control applications, commenting on minor variance and consent proposals. Other responsibilities include preparing various development agreements relating to subdivisions and site plans and making representation at Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearings.

2. Long Range Planning

Long Range Planning relates to projects that help to guide growth and development of the municipality over the longer terms (10 to 15 years). Examples of long range planning projects include updating the Official Plan and Zoning By-law, conducting a Plan of Development Study, and developing and implementing a Community Improvement Plan.

3. Municipal Real Estate & Land Inventory

The Division is responsible for managing the acquisition of land required for municipal purposes as well as the disposal of land that is no longer required for municipal purposes. Planning is also responsible for managing a database of the City’s Land Use Inventory.

4. Community Improvement Grant Program

The Division is responsible for administering the the Community Improvement Program where grants are awarded for businesses, building owners, tenants and not-for-profit groups in designated parts of Downtown Timmins, South Porcupine and Schumacher to stimulate improvements and new development. Grants up to $15,000 per property are available for facade improvements, energy efficiency, building code upgrades and feasibility grants. The Division also implements the Tax Increment Rebate program regarding tax incentive rebates for development projects in excess of $500,000 within designated parts of Downtown Timmins, South Porcupine and Schumacher.