County of Huron Releases Growth Planning Best Practices Guide

December 16, 2020

Huron County, Ontario – To help attract and accommodate development in Huron County, the County of Huron Planning, Economic Development, and Public Works departments have prepared a Growth Planning Best Practices Guide that local municipalities and the County can use to proactively address infrastructure and financial matters related to growth.

Common challenges that municipalities face in growth and development is that demographics often shift, developments happen slowly or in a scattered nature, or capacity and financial resources are limited. The Growth Planning Best Practices Guide helps identify efficient ways to expand infrastructure and meet these challenges head on.

This guide makes it easier to understand how growth planning must consider a number of factors, including required studies, how growth and growth-related needs are funded and financed, and infrastructure needs such as road and intersection improvements, pedestrian walk-ways, stormwater management, and more.

“The best practices within this Guide are to help clarify important processes and procedures related to growth planning activities,” says Director of Planning & Development Sandra Weber. “Following these best practices will provide opportunity for proactive community growth so that development can occur in a manner that is sustainable from an infrastructure, planning, and financial perspective.”

The Growth Planning Best Practices Guide will be provided to local municipalities where they may use it when consulting on local development processes.

This guide was created with the assistance of BM Ross and Associates, in collaboration with local municipalities, representatives from partner agencies, engineering firms, Builders Associations, and local developers. For more information on the Growth Planning Best Practices Guide, please visit or contact the County of Huron Planning and Development department at or 519.524.8394 x3.

Huron County continues to urge all residents to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health. Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website.


For more information contact:

Glen McNeil, Warden
519.524.8394 (ext 3224)