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Why we plan

In the simplest terms, planning is the practice of guiding growth and development to achieve a vision of a desired future state. While land use planning can at first seem like a straightforward, confined process involving technicalities and minutiae like setback requirements and height limits down to the centimetre, it in fact relates intrinsically to the wider goals of a community - be they environmental, economic, social, cultural or otherwise. Given the power of planning to literally shape the world we live in, it is an inherently political process that gains its mandate from the public, just as municipal councils do. As such, municipalities take special consideration to involve the public at important steps along the way, from establishing a vision, to setting goals, objectives, and policies, to actually putting policies into practice.