Long Range Planning, Policies & Bylaws
The Planning and Development Services Department provides professional and technical advice to City Council on the management of growth and change in the City, with an emphasis on land use and built form. Planning is responsible for the research and implementation of policies relating to land use, economic development, housing and neighbourhoods, environmental protection, and other matters as set out in the City's Official Community Plan.
Planning is responsible for formulating and maintaining the City's land use policies. The key policy which guides development within the City is White Rock's Official Community Plan. An Official Community Plan is a general statement of the objectives and policies respecting the physical and social development of the City.
Planning is also responsible for ensuring the City has a voice in regional planning by participating in the Growth Strategy process for Metro Vancouver, plus liaises with representatives for the City of Surrey for matters that affect both jurisdictions.