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Planning & Economic Development Department

The Planning and Economic Development Department is charged with establishing a long term vision for the growth and economic prosperity of the Regional Community.

The Planning Division is responsible for the Durham Regional Official Plan, which establishes the broad policy framework for managing the future growth and development of the Region. Goals of the Plan are to protect the environment, preserve agricultural land, provide an integrated and efficient transportation system and encourage economic opportunities for the well-being of present and future residents. Ongoing review ensures that the Plan is responsive to emerging trends and provincial policies and plans. The Plan is implemented through the review and approval of development applications, including local municipal official plan amendments, plans of subdivision/condominiums, and consent to sever. Citizen engagement is facilitated through input from Advisory Committees on Agriculture, Environment and Trails.

The Economic Development and Tourism Division encourages and facilitates economic development activities which create job opportunities, increased tax base and private sector investment.  Business attraction, retention and expansion remain the highest priority. Economic Development works with local and foreign governments and industries to promote Durham’s strengths, including its reputation as Ontario’s Energy Capital. Key sectors, including innovative technologies, agriculture, tourism and film, are promoted, through goal-oriented programs, preparation of strategies, development of key partnerships, marketing campaigns and tourism guides.