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Planning Board - Lakehead Rural

Municipal Affairs and Housing
Oliver Community Complex 4569 Oliver Road, P.O. Box 59
P.O. Box 59
Planning Act, RSO 1990, C. P.13, PART II, S. 9 (opens a new window)

Planning boards provide advice and assistance under the Planning Act on matters referred by municipal councils and by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (in the case of a board appointed for a planning area that consists wholly or partially of territory without a municipal organization). The boards prepare official plans for these areas and, at the request of member council(s), for municipalities. 

In addition to the general functions described above, the board administers zoning by-laws for the unincorporated townships. The board has also been delegated consent, subdivision, condominium, validation, foreclosures and power of sale authority.


The board has eight members. Two members are appointed by the minister to represent the unincorporated area.


Eligible candidates that meet the following criteria will be considered for appointment:

· May be an owner or tenant of land or spouse of an owner or tenant of land in the unincorporated township under the planning board’s jurisdiction.

· Familiarity with the unincorporated townships served by the planning board.

· Familiarity with the Ontario land use planning system is an asset, e.g.:  Planning Act, Provincial Policy Statement, local planning documents such as Official plans and zoning by-laws, land division processes.

· Communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with other board members.

· Impartiality and sound judgement to fairly assess and review applications before the board.

· Be a Canadian citizen and be eligible to vote in an Ontario election.


 The provincial appointees serve for a term specified by the minister (typically a 4-year term to coincide with municipal elections) and until a successor is appointed.

The board meets on the first Thursday of each month.

Appointees do not receive remuneration.

Appointments & Vacancies

No. Position Member Term Location
1. Member (Part-Time)
2. Member (Part-Time)
3. Member (Part-Time)