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Planning Department

Land use planning affects almost every aspect of life. It helps decide where in our community homes and industries should be built; where parks and schools should be located; and where roads, sewers and other essential services should be provided.

Land use planning means managing our land and resources. It balances the interests of the individual property owners with the wider interests and objectives of the whole community.

Good planning leads to orderly growth and the efficient provision of services. It touches all of us and helps us to have the kind of community we want.  For more information about land use planning in the City of Pembroke contact the Planning Department:

Colleen Sauriol, Manager-Planning, Building & By-law Enforcement

Phone:  (613) 735-6821 x 1301

Fax:  (613) 735-3660


There are two documents which govern development within the City:  the Official Plan and the Comprehensive Zoning By-law. 

During the early consultation, you should meet with the approval authority to discuss your application and to clarify what information is required for a complete application. This will ensure that the approval authority has all the information required to make an appropriate decision without incurring unnecessary delays.

The plan review process benefits individuals involved in land use planning by:

  • Saving time by reducing duplication between government agencies or ministries.
  • Streamlining the process by having clearly-defined roles and lines of communication.
  • Allowing for local decision making as an increasing number of municipalities or planning boards take on the responsibility of making decisions on planning applications.
  • Providing clarity through a co-ordinated provincial position on planning applications.

Land use planning encompasses:

For guidelines on any of the above Land Use Planning read the Guildline for Reviewing Development Proposals.

To view the Fees and Charges associated with some of the above applications, click here.

The Official Plan and Amendments

The Official Plan establishes, in general terms, the overall pattern that development within the City should follow during the planning period.  

Zoning and Zoning By-law Amendments

The Zoning By-Law regulates the use of land, and the character, location and use of buildings and structures in the City.

Consents (Severances)
Consent Applications Prior to applying for a land severance, you should consult with the Planning Department. They will be able to assist you with the application process, advise you what supporting material you must submit (e.g....
Minor Variances
Minor Variance Applications Service Description If a proposed use does not conform to the City’s Zoning By-law but follows its general intent, the owner may apply for a Minor Variance. A Minor Variance does not amend the by-law. It...
Facade Improvement
Facade Improvement Service Description The Downtown Heritage Facade Improvement Program assists property owners in the downtown core area of Pembroke by providing grants to improve the facades of buildings which incorporate a heritage...
Plans of Subdivision and Condominium
Plan of Subdivision/Condominium Service Description The Subdivision approval process is designed to ensure the following: The property is suitable for its proposed new use. The proposal conforms to the City of Pembroke’s Official...
Site Plan Control
Site Plan Control Service Description Site Plan Control is a planning tool used to regulate development in accordance with the provisions of the Planning Act. Service Outcome Site Plan Control Agreement General Information Site...