How are communities involved in the development and building process?
Communities have multiple opportunities to be involved in the consultation process about developments in their neighbourhoods. However, the ultimate decision-making authority resides with the municipal government who are guided by provincial laws and development requirements.
Formal consultations are held when municipalities are developing their official land use plans. Communities are advised of new developments by posted signage to inform them of that a development application has been submitted for a particular lot. After that, consultations must be held for every subsequent development project. The public meetings, where members of the public can give their perspective to the approval process, public information sessions and briefings or discussions held by developers and home builders before starting the development process.