Planning is the ongoing technical, political and social process by which a community defines and acts to attain its preferred quality of life. Planners aim to achieve the orderly disposition of land and resources and to protect the physical, economic and social health of communities.

The municipal planning process is governed by upper tier requirements and standards which are established in a hierarchy of legislation, regulations, common law, policies, and guidelines and standards. Examples of applicable legislation and policy include the Planning Act, Provincial Policy Statement and County of Grey Official Plan

Official Plan

Official Plans are municipalities' primary strategic documents for guiding land use and development.

Zoning By-Law

A Zoning By-law regulates and directs land use within the Municipality. The Municipality of Meaford adopted its new Comprehensive Zoning By-law in September 2009.

Development Applications

Here you can find information about different development projects in the Municipality of Meaford.


Find more information on some of the projects of the Planning department including Sustainability, backyard chickens, and the waterfront strategy.

Committee of Adjustment

The Committee of Adjustment hears applications for consent, minor variance, and alterations to legal non-conforming structures and uses.

Site Plan Approvals

The Site Plan/Development Review process has been established by the Municipality to ensure comprehensive review of development applications.


GIS stands for "Geographic Information System". It combines digital maps with a database, allowing for use of the GIS for spatial and statistical analysis. 

Helpful Planning Links

See a list of links to documents related to planning and development, including information on assistance programs that may be available to you.

Niagara Escarpment Plan Changes

The Niagara Escarpment Commission has put together a proposal recommending 21,323 hectares of land in the Municipality of Meaford be added to the Niagara Escarpment Plan.


Contact Us:

For more information on Planning in Meaford, please contact us at:

Phone: 519-538-1060 ext. 1119


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