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A basic statement of intent.


More specific statements about how the goal will be met.


Generally, what design components will be required to meet the objectives.


Statement which defines the design component.

Performance Standards

Provide very specific information about the required facilities.

Criteria that are established and must be met before a certain use will be permitted. These criteria, or standards, may be a set of economic, environmental, or social factors or any combination of the factors.


Helps to clarify thoughts and give direction.

1. Goal,

2. Objective

3. Activity

4. Facility

5. Performance Standard

Construction Lien Act

Provides workers, suppliers, trade contractors and general contractors some security of payment.

Substantial Performance

Also known as substantial completion. When the project is 97% complete or fit for intended use.


The examination of individual parts to find out their nature, function and interrelationship with other parts.

base map

A reproducible map used to display various types of information.


An evaluation based on a resource's inherent, natural, or intrinsic ability to provide for use and includes that existing ability that is the result of past alterations or current management practices.

Often capability is used interchangeably with suitability.

Carrying capacity

In ecology, the number of individuals that the resources of a habitat can support.

In wildlife, the maximum number of animals an area can support during a given period of the year.

In recreation, the amount of use a recreation area can sustain without deterioration of quality.


The use or defence of a resource by one individual which reduces the availability of that resource to other individuals.

Comprehensive Plan

A document setting forth official governmental policy for the long-term future development of an area that considers all major determinants of growth and change - economic, political, social and biophysical.

Conditional use

A permitted use allowed in zoning ordinances that requires review by a board of adjustment or similar review agency.

Design Guidelines

Local ordinances that establish standards for architecture and landscape architecture features of new development.


The purchase of partial rights in a piece of land.

The Planning Act

A legislation by provincial government which sets guidelines/ rules for land use planning in Ontario.

The Act enables municipalities to establish how land uses may be controlled and who may control it.

Official Plan Amendment

A formal document that changes a municipality's official plan.

Environmental Assessment Act

Promotes good environmental planning by providing for the protection, conservation and wise management of the environment.

Process stipulates an assessment of the potential impacts of proposed activities on the environment (ie. natural, social and cultural)

Urban Infill

Vacant or remnant lands passed over by previous development.

Choosing to build on an urban infill site, especially if it is previously developed land, helps to minimize urban sprawl and reduce the developments "ecological footprint".

Grey Fields

Previously developed sites that have minor and relatively easily mitigated environmental contamination.

e.g. strip malls, regional malls, other low-density shopping centres supporting flat topped buildings and large parking lots.

Threshold Criteria

This can be physical, economic or legal attributes of the site or its context that reflect the most important site or contextual attributes.

A site must adequately meet all Threshold Criteria to be considered.

Pro Forma

The spreadsheet that summarizes the projects anticipated cash flow, showing expenses, revenues and profits. This also estimates the projects anticipated ROI (Return on Investment).

This is developed during the project feasibility. stage.