Introduction Chapter 1May 30, 2005Official Plan Section 1Page 1.1
The Official Plan is the principal land use policy document for the City of Thunder Bay. It is a formal statement by Council of land use goals, objectives,and policies, intended for the guidance of public and private development decisions within the City of Thunder Bay. It shall form the basis for decisionsregarding the City's Zoning By-law, other land use controls, and future planninginitiatives during the 20-year life span of this Plan.
This document represents not only the goals and objectives of Council, but also thecollective concerns and thoughts of the City's population, as opportunities for public input have formed important steps in the plan making process.This Official Plan replaces the City of Thunder Bay Official Plan, adopted by CityCouncil in July of 1982, together with all of its subsequent amendments.
1.1 Statement of Principles
This document is founded upon the following principles:a) more effective, efficient and consistent decision making andadministration of the affairs of the municipal corporation can be achievedthrough the development and implementation of a formally established setof goals, objectives, and policies;b) municipal planning, although conducted within a provincial framework of legislation, is a municipal responsibility;c)
public involvement in the development and application of plans is anessential component of the municipal planning process; andd)
change must be managed to protect resources, promote efficient, cost-effective development, and land use patterns which stimulate economicgrowth, protect the environment, and public health.