The Town of Smiths Falls is working with Dillon Consulting to prepare a Land Needs Study in accordance with the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) 2020. The Land Needs Study will inform long term decisions regarding residential and employment land needs within the Town and will serve as a foundational document to guide the update or comprehensive review of the Town’s Official Plan, which may include specific development strategies for two parts of Town identifies for future development.

Get Involved!

The Town of Smiths Falls is hosting Public Information Centre (PIC) on Thursday, March 23rd, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to present and discuss the interim report for the Land Needs Study project. The purpose of the PIC is to provide the public with an overview of the forecasting and analysis provided through the interim report which was released on March 8th, 2023. The interim report is available in the "Documents" section at the bottom of this webpage for review. 

Notice of Public Information Centre (PIC) - Land Needs Study

To participate in the PIC, please contact Mary Remmig, Planning Clerk by email ( or by phone (613-283-4124 ext. 1136) to register.

What is a Land Needs Study? 

The aim of the Land Needs Study is to determine, using population projections and an inventory of all available land in the Town, how much land the future population of Smiths Falls will need per land use designation.

What is the purpose? 

In understanding how much land will be required to meet the needs of the population of Smiths Falls, the Town can determine if its current land capacity will be sufficient or if the Town should expand the municipal boundary.

This project will consider all lands located within the municipal boundary of the Town, with two specific study areas identified for future development: The East End Development Reserves (~250 ha/ 620 acres) and Ferrara Drive Lands (~7.5 ha / 19 acres).

Project Lifecycle

Stage 1 - Background Data & Review Current

  1. Strategic Consultations
  2. Population, Housing and Employment Forecasting
  3. Discussion of Trends

Stage 2 - Interim Finding/Draft Report Upcoming

  1. Public Information Centre (PIC)
  2. Develop 2nd Draft

Stage 3 - Final Report 

  1. Council Consideration & Feedback
  2. Finalize Report based on feedback received



Who's Listening

Karl Grenke

Senior Planner

Town of Smiths Falls

Phone: 613-283-4124 Ext. 1116



Richard Grant

Planner I

Town of Smiths Falls

Phone: 613-283-4124 Ext. 1123



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