The Land Use Bylaw is the central planning document for a municipality. It provides a detailed blueprint for future development that reflects those plans and by which property owners are governed in making land-use decisions.

That blueprint describes and details the uses that may be undertaken on each parcel of land in a municipality and the standards that must be followed in undertaking the uses and erecting structures. It also provides for the decisions made in respect of each parcel in a municipality and ensures that they are consistent with the rules that it prescribes.