Planning Department


Land use planning affects almost every aspect of life. It helps determine 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 affects all of us and helps us to have the kind of community we want.  There are two documents which govern development within the City:  the Official Plan and the Comprehensive Zoning By-law.

Land Use Planning

Land use planning encompasses the procedures listed below.  For details about a procedure, see specific sections below.  For a detailed overview of all of the procedures, read the Guideline for Reviewing Development Proposals.  Land use planning encompasses:

Land Use Planning Procedures

Each of the above-listed procedures has its own process.  During the early consultation period, you should meet with Planning Department staff or 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 of the information needed 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.

To view the fees and charges associated with some of the above-listed applications, click here.

Contact Information

For more information about land use planning in the City of Pembroke contact the Planning Department:


Phone: 613-735-6821 x1304

Fax: 613-735-3660

Colleen Sauriol

Manager of Planning, Building & By-law Enforcement

Phone:  613-735-6821 x 1301

Fax:  613-735-3660

email:  [email protected]

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...
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...