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  • The Policy Section’s role is to set the long-term policy framework for Richmond Hill through the Town’s Official Plan. The Official Plan will direct future land use changes and how land is used in Richmond Hill. This Section also undertakes projects on growth management and other planning policy issues. It reviews and provides recommendations on planning policies from senior levels of government and conducts research and analysis.

    Richmond Hill’s New Official Plan
    The development of Richmond Hill’s new Official Plan began in 2007 and, through the People Plan Richmond Hill consultation process, included significant public consultation. The Official Plan is a key land use planning document that sets out the Town’s vision, urban structure, and policies for land use and design regarding matters such as the environment, housing, employment, transportation, infrastructure and services. The new Official Plan is intended to guide growth and development in Richmond Hill until 2031. For more information, visit

    Studies, Research and Major Tasks
    The Policy Section is also responsible for the preparation of secondary plans for individual communities and major zoning bylaws, as well as the undertaking of other studies focused on areas such as environmental, economic and housing land-use based policy. As well, the Section conducts planning research and analysis of population and development trends.
  • Research & Demographics
  • Other Special Studies

    People Plan Richmond Hill
    The Policy Section is actively involved in the People Plan Richmond Hill process with the Office of Strategic Initiatives. This process has resulted in a new Strategic Plan and Official Plan. The Strategic Plan provides direction for all Town policy, including the Official Plan, and provides the overarching framework for other function-specific policy documents. For more information, visit   

    For more information, please call (905) 771-8910 or e-mail or  
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