Vaughan's Planning Process

The City of Vaughan’s communities are constantly growing and changing. In fact, Vaughan is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada with a population of more than 344,000!

An aerial view of a residential subdivision.


To ensure Vaughan continues to be a great place to live, work and play, our City must grow in ways that are smart and any change must meet the needs and values of current and future residents and businesses. This is why all developments undergo a careful review by City staff, Council, public agencies, including the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, York Region, and provincial ministries where appropriate, and why the City asks for feedback from residents before the shovels hit the ground.


The City’s Development Planning Department considers all Development Applications, which includes providing professional planning advice for Vaughan Council’s consideration. Staff also provide planning assistance to the public, landowners, and developers.


To learn more about the City's Land Use Planning process and who is involved, click on the step-by-step guide below:


A Guide to Vaughan's Planning Process (Brochure)

City of Vaughan's Planning Process (Video)


Want to know more about the status of development applications in the City of Vaughan?  We've got an online development application tracking tool:


PLANit Application Viewer


The following six types of Development Applications are reviewed by City Staff and Vaughan Council, which are governed by the Planning Act: