The Municipal Planning Strategy is the central planning document for a municipality. The Land Use By-law is the central land use regulation document for a municipality. Together, the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law provide a detailed plan for future development and by which property owners are governed in making land-use decisions.

The Land Use By-laws describe and detail the uses that may be undertaken on each parcel of land in each specific area governed by a Land Use By-law in the 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.