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Planning and development can be overwhelming, but we are here to help, advise and answer all your queries.
It is strongly recommended that a pre-consultation meeting be scheduled with the Building and Planning Department to discuss your project plans.


Contact Information: 

Rachel Kennepohl
Administrative Assistant to the Building and Planning Department
Phone: 705-356-2251, ext. 206
Fax: 705-356-7343
Email: [email protected]


Application forms are available online for your convenience.

Forms may be downloading to review and complete with relevant information to file with staff at the Municipality office located at 11 Hudson Street. Blind River, Ontario, P0R 1B0.

Click on the relevant file below to download. Application forms are available in PDF format.

2021 Planning Fees/Rates   


Planning & Development Services houses both Planning and Building.  Planning oversees development control and zoning as well as long range community planning.

The Planning Department provides information, expertise and guidance to the public relative to development approval processes, Official Plan Policies and the Zoning By-Law.

The services offered are as follows:

  • Providing information to organizations and developers; consulting with those seeking or considering using planning services; responding to telephone and counter inquiries
  • Maintaining a current Official Plan
  • Maintaining a current comprehensive Zoning By-law
  • Processing applications to approve Consent Applications, Zoning By-law amendments, Official Plan amendments, subdivisions, condominiums, site plans and various agreements
  • Providing compliance reports and lawyer's letters
  • Providing comments to the Planning & By-Law Committee
  • Preparing reports to Council and documents for reference by the public

Official Plan

An Official Plan is a statutory document which sets out the land use policy directions for long-term growth and development in a municipality.  It is not to be confused with the Zoning By-law which further details the broad range of land uses set out in the Official Plan. 

The Town of Blind River Official Plan contains policies governing various land use designations, such as Living Area, Employment Area, Rural and Resource Area, Shoreline Residential, Open Space, Environmental Protection and Future Growth Policy Area. These designations are broadly established on a land use map. Other policies relating to Mineral Aggregate Resources, Transportation, Ground Water Protection and Community Improvement are incorporated into the Plan.

Click on one of the links below to view the Town of Blind River Official Plan:

Comprehensive Land Use Zoning By-Law

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