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DPS: The Development Permit System Community Workshop

The City of Toronto Planning Department is recommending the implementation of the The Development Permit System (DPS) in Toronto.

The Development Permit System (DPS) is a new land use planning tool available to all Ontario municipalities. It offers an alternative to the traditional site-by-site approach to land use planning.

There are pros and cons to such a system and the City is holding Communty workshops to give the public the opportunity to learn more. ABCRA encourages you to attend.

March 22 

Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street, Toronto
ON M4W 2G8

Open House: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Public Meeting: 12:30 - 2:30pm



The Development Permit System (DPS) is an alternative to the use of zoning to implement the Official Plan. Unlike the city-wide zoning by-law, the DPS is applied area by area at a neighbourhood scale. In this manner, it supports and reflects local character and distinctiveness. The process will involve the creation of a comprehensive vision for a particular area with resident participation.

The Development Permit System in Toronto will be implemented on an area-by-area basis. This means that the permitted uses and development standards will be tailored to suit the needs and opportunities specific to each area.

In Toronto, the Development Permit System begins with a comprehensive neighbourhood visioning exercise. This involves describing the character of the community, determining its needs and defining the limits of any new development. In this way, The Development Permit System supports neighbourhood planning. 

The Development Permit System ensures that neighbourhood development is in keeping with the vision and objectives for the area. Specific and detailed Official Plan policies are required as a first step in implementing a Development Permit System.