Planning Department

The Planning Department establishes policies, regulations and standards guiding land use and development in Mississippi Mills and ensures compliance with provincial building regulations.

The Planning Department deals with all matters that fall under the Planning Act including plans of subdivisions, consents, official plan amendments, zoning by-law amendments, minor variances, and site plan control.


The Town of Mississippi Mills Zoning By-law 11-83 regulates the use of land and the erection, use, bulk, height and spacing of and other matters relating to buildings and structures. It also prohibits certain uses of land and the erection and use of certain structures in the Town.

Zoning Maps

Agricultural (A) Zone

Rural (RU) Zone

Residential First Density (R1) Zone

Residential Second Density (R2) Zone

Residential Third Density (R3) Zone

Residential Fourth Density (R4) Zone

Rural Residential (RR) Zone

Limited Service Residential (LSR) Zone

Agricultural Commercial (C1) Zone

Downtown Commercial (C2) Zone

Highway Commercial (C3) Zone

Shopping Centre Commercial (C4) Zone

Rural Commercial (C5) Zone

Tourist Commercial (C6) Zone

Local Commercial (C7) Zone

Village Core (V) Zone

Business Park (E1) Zone

Light Industrial (M1) Zone

Medium Industrial (M2) Zone

Agricultural Industrial (M3) Zone

Rural Industrial (M4) Zone

Community Facility (I) Zone

Parkland and Open Space (OS) Zone

Mineral Aggregate Pit (MP) Zone

Mineral Aggregate Quarry (MQ) Zone

Mineral Aggregate Reserve (MR) Zone

Environmental Hazard (EH) Zone

Environmental Protection (EP) Zone

Development (D) Zone

 Waste Disposal (WD) Zone


Community Official Plan

The Mississippi Mills Community Official Plan (COP) is a legal document containing the goals, objectives and policies which guide the development, growth and change of the Municipality of Mississippi Mills. This Plan is intended to assist Council and its various committees, municipal staff, developers, government agencies and the public in their efforts to maintain and strengthen the environmental, economic, physical and social fabric of the Municipality of Mississippi Mills.

Official Plan Schedules

Updating the Community Official Plan

Currently, the Municipality is initiating the consultation stages of updating the existing Community Official Plan (COP). The COP was last adopted by Council in 2006 and as mandated by the province municipalities must review and update their COPs every five (5) years. The Municipality began the COP review nine (9) years ago. Over the past nine years, the Municipality has held a number of Council meetings, special meetings, public meetings, information sessions, and has made numerous amendments to the proposed COP amendment.

As provincially mandated the COP must encompass all of the properties within Mississippi Mills. Additionally, the province dictates that municipalities must adopt an Official Plan. The COP is intended to assist the Public, Council and its various committees, municipal staff, developers, and government agencies in their efforts to maintain and strengthen the environmental, economic, physical and social fabric of the Municipality.

One component that is new to the COP is the inclusion of Natural Heritage Systems (NHS). The Province requires that municipalities identify NHS in eco-regions 6E and 7Eš. Eco-regions within the Municipality of Mississippi Mills include 6E and therefore the updated COP must incorporate NHS. For further details on how the NHS may impact you, please refer to the attached frequently asked questions document.

Given that the COP affects all property owners, it is important that people are informed with accurate information and given the opportunity to meet with and ask questions of qualified professionals.  Therefore, the Municipality will be hosting a Drop-In Session on January 30, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Almonte Old Town Hall, 14 Bridge Street, Almonte ON K0A 1A0. A planner will be available to answer questions

If you are unable to attend the drop-in session, please e-mail your questions or comments to

Members of the public will also be able to view maps and read the draft COP amendment at the Municipal Office, Almonte Old Town Hall, and both public library branches. Documents can also be downloaded from the below links.

Lastly, in order to address commonly asked questions, the Municipality has prepared a FAQ document available on our website with hard copies available at the Municipal Office, Almonte Old Town Hall, and both public library branches.

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