Land Use Planning Services

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Important Information Re: Planning Services During Covid-19

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During the COVID-19 pandemic the Planning Division offices are not physically open, but the Town continues to provide remote services subject to delays, suspensions, or disruption to service associated with the current COVID-19 crisis. Virtual Meeting are available through Microsoft Teams.  Please note Emergency Orders of the Province of Ontario impacting the processing of appeals and Planning Act applications – see links at bottom of the page.

The Town of Collingwood Planning Services division is here to help support the community through the current crisis, to plan for and advance recovery of important community functions, and work toward stabilizing services as the crisis lifts. The intent of the measures set out below is to ensure that the work of the Town continues and residents, stakeholders, and the development industry continue to be well-served under these unique circumstances. Staff will keep the lines of communication open and work with you to advance matters as best as possible. 

Staff Availability
Staff are working remotely and will be available via:

  • e-mail (preferred method) at 
  • by way of the Planning division’s central contact phone number 705-445-1290
  • Microsoft Teams Meeting

Meetings involving more than two (2) parties:

  • Meetings involving more than two parties to discuss planning-related matters including scheduling pre-consultation or preliminary inquiry meetings can be arranged by Microsoft Teams teleconference or telephone conference calls. Please advise if you are able to use Microsoft Teams for this purpose.
  • Development Review Teams (Pre-Consultation) Meeting

Receiving and Processing Documentation

Prior to shipping or delivering you must contact   for explicite instructions. 

During the closure of our offices, resubmissions for current applications and submissions of new Planning Act applications will continue to be accepted digitally via your electronic link or our electronic share file link.   We are not collecting paper copies at this time but may in the future.   

In an effort to ensure proper receipt of these submissions you must contact the associated staff Planner managing the file, the Director of Planning (, and the Planning Admin staff member are notified in advance of any electronic submission ( ).

Prior to shipping or delivering you must contact  for explicite instructions; however,  in most cases we require  2 sets of paper documents couriered and collated into two separate sets to: 1. set of reports to (paper plans maybe required in the future).  The Town of Collingwood Public Works Department located at 545 Tenth Line, Collingwood, ON  L9Y 0W1

  • 1 set of unbound paper documents for Planning Services (paper is not required at the present time but may in the future), and  
  • 1 set of paper report documents for Engineering Services.   

Re-submissions and new applications will be evaluated and circulated as appropriate. 

Council and Committees:
Any matters requiring a decision of Council or Committee are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please call for more information as required.

If you have any questions about specific applications or our process during this period, please continue to reach out directly to the Planner assigned to manage your file or the Director of Planning. Staff from other Town departments can also be reached via the preferred method of e-mail or phone if you have any technical questions.  

Provincial Government Legislative changes:
Please be advised of the following Provincial Government Legislative changes related to the Covid 19 crisis that impact process of the appeals and Planning Act Applications



The Purpose of Land Use Planning

The planning department provides services regarding the Official Plan and Zoning By-law (including zoning compliance reports)  documents for the Town of Collingwood, exercising control over the subdivision of land, and indirectly by providing municipal services and pursuing municipal policies which support and reinforce the land use planning objectives of the Municipality and County of Simcoe. Below are links to our over-arching policy documents:


Town of Collingwood Official Plan Consolidated January 2019 version

The Forward including Appeal Dispositions, Non-Decision disposition status, and Specific Amendments, are here.

The complete text including the interactive contents page is here. 

Here are the Site Specific Amendments yet to be Consolidated into the 2019 Version: 

OPA #43 360 Raglan Feb 7, 2020, OPA#44 Balmoral Blocks 1 - 4 March 6 2020


The Town of Collingwood Zoning By-Law, and 

Development Documents

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The planning department is located in The Municipal Offices located at 55 Ste. Marie Street.  Please access the office via the rear doors of the building.  We can be reached at 705 445 1290 or email us at  

Contact Planning Services prior to the  building department to discover how our Zoning By-law controls the use of land in our community. It states exactly: • how land may be used • where buildings and other structures can be located in relation to lot set backs • the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used • the lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks from the street.   Here is a link to A Citizens' Guide and Zoning By-Laws. 

The planning services department guides, regulates and makes recommendations  regarding  community  growth and  development  in a manner that protects the environment, enhances quality of life, promotes a complete community and involves the public in the decisions that affect them.


The planning department accepts, on behalf of Council, applications for changes to land use and coordinates the review and approval process within a prescribed time frame.  Our applications are located on this site. 

See the Proposed Developments

Comments: The comments above are made to the best of our knowledge using all of the information and resources available at the posting time. The information contained herein is believed to be correct, however, the Town assumes no liability for negligence, inaccuracies or omissions. You are welcome to make a personal examination of the applicable information by request via microsoft teams or requesting more information from 

Planning Act: Individuals who make written submissions with respect to a Planning Act application should be aware that their submission and any personal information in their correspondence will become part of the public record and made available to the Applicant, Committee and Council.

The Town of Collingwood is updating its Official Plan.
The Official Plan is the overall policy framework for how land is used in Collingwood and sets out the vision for our community over the next 20 years.

The Plan is the guide for managing where, when and how the Town should grow.
Official Plan Update Invitation to Public Workshop Nov 30 and Dec 1