Foundations in Planning for Elected Officials

Event Date
October 22, 2024 - 9:00 AM (EDT) to 12:30 PM (EDT)

AMO has revitalized its foundational planning training to provide an interactive and engaging session that familiarizes participants with legislation, processes and provides real life examples to give a deep understanding and insight into important planning matters.

Participants will learn and understand:

  • The need and importance of planning
  • The planning hierarchy (policy, legislation, regulations etc.) 
  • The process and timelines of planning.  

This half day session will walk you though important elements such as:

  • Committee of Adjustment application 
  • The Community Planning Permit System
  • Ministers Zoning Orders.
  • Zoning applications using a planners report that deals with an official plan amendment
  • Zoning amendments
  • Site plans
  • and so much more

Foundations in Planning for Elected Officials prepares participants for AMO's 2.0 planning training: Advanced Land Use Planning a Deeper Dive.

Session Facilitator

Cathie BrownMs. Brown has had a varied career working on municipal interests from a number of roles. This includes working in land use planning for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, directing the seniors’ services and housing department for the County of Huron, and managing the development of source water protection in a large area in southwestern Ontario. She recently retired from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) where she held the role of Senior Advisor for energy, environment and land use planning. 

Ms. Brown also was a board member at the Walkerton Clean Water Centre for a number of years, was a sessional instructor at Western University in rural health and was the Executive Director of The Ontario Rural Council. Cathie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and Masters of Public Administration.

Registration Fees:

  • $325 +HST per session (Individual registration only. For group rates, contact
  • $75 +HST cancellation fee

Cancellations must be submitted in writing to by 4:00pm 7 days prior to the scheduled date. Registrations can be transferred at any time.


  • October 22, 2024 

Register Here


Please note: To register online, initially,  you will have to click 'Forgot Password?', only once, and set up and remember your password. Your username will now be your email. 


Availability: This program is limited to 30 participants per session.