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 Municipality of Mississippi Mills Comprehensive Zoning By-law 11-83 (Office Consolidation August, 2019) is a legal document that regulates the use of land within the community. The Zoning By-law puts the Community Official Plan into effect and provides for its day-to-day administration. It states how land may be used; where buildings and structures can be located (e.g. setbacks); and how land can be designed (e.g. required lot sizes, building heights, landscaping requirements, and parking requirements). A "Comprehensive" Zoning By-law means that the Municipality is divided into different areas, illustrated by detailed maps. Links to these areas/maps are listed below.

Schedule A - Ramsay Ward

Schedule B - Pakenham Ward

Schedule C - Almonte Ward

Schedule D - Village of Pakenham

Schedule E - Village of Appleton

Schedule F - Village of Blakeney

Schedule G - Village of Clayton

Schedule H1, H2, & H3 - Source Water Protection

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

The Municipality has recently completed its review of the Community Official Plan (COP) and has proposed a number of amendments to conform with the provincial policies and regulations. 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.

Municipal Council approved amendments to the COP on June 26th, 2018. At present, the proposed changes are being reviewed by the County of Lanark, the approval authority under the Planning Act. The County will consider the proposed COP and makes any amendments/comments before approving the plan. The County has 180 days to complete this phase.  The notice of approval and the subsequent appeal period will be circulated when the County has completed their process. 

Members of the public are welcome to review the documents listed below that were part of the review process, inclusive of the draft COP currently at the County for approval. Copies of maps, reports, and the draft are available for review at the Municipal Office, Almonte Old Town Hall, and both public library branches.

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If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with the Director please contact Roxanne Sweeney at

Draft Community Official Plan

Almonte Ward (Schedule B) 

Village of Appleton (Schedule A1)

Village of Blakeney (Schedule A3) 

Village of Clayton (Schedule A2)

Constraints (Appendix A2) 

Natural Features (Appendix A1)

Village of Pakenham (Schedule C)

Rural Land Use (Schedule A)

Almonte Ward (Schedule D1)

Almonte Ward (Schedule D2)

Almonte Ward (Schedule D3)

Top 10 Questions

Draft Bylaw - Amendment No. 21 to the Mississippi Mills Community Official Plan 

Adoption Notice 

Part B - The Amendment 

Mississippi Mills Background Study

Report - COP Public Comments 

Report - COP Public Comments 2

Mississippi Mills COP Public Meeting - JLR Presentation 

Mississippi Mills Official Plan Review and Update - Environment Land Use Policies Options

Resolution 92-18

Agriculture Lands Review

Resolution 110-18

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