Planning & Development
The Planning Department is responsible for the distribution of information and advice to Council, landowners, the general public and to the development industry with respect to land use planning.
On behalf of Council and the residents of the Township of Howick, welcome to our community. The rural area of the Township is ideal for farming and other agricultural based operations.
Our three villages, Fordwich, Wroxeter and Gorrie and two hamlets, Belmore and Lakelet offer a setting for commercial and residential applications.
We would like to extend an invitation for you to visit, relocate or establish a business in our friendly community.
The Township of Howick provides land use planning services in conjunction with the County of Huron Planning and Development Department. The Planning Department is responsible for the distribution of information and advice to Council, landowners, the general public and the development industry with respect to land use planning. The department also administers the Township's Official Plan, Zoning Bylaw and the development approvals process.
Planning staff conduct research into a variety of land use planning matters including changing Provincial policy and emerging issues affecting a broad range of economic, environmental and social factors that contribute to the community. The department also manages change in the community through direct involvement in rural and urban design, economic development, and the preservation and enhancement of the natural environment, all with the view of building and maintaining a healthy, balanced community.
County Demographics & Statistics
Vibrant communities in the countryside offer exceptional business and lifestyle opportunities and a winning economic mix — including manufacturing, agri-business, tourism and creative industries. Welcome to Huron County – Ontario’s West Coast. Due in large part to our significant and productive agriculture and manufacturing base and with an available skilled workforce committed to living in this region, Howick business community welcomes new partners, investors and entrepreneurs. There is room for growth and expansion in our communities, all within a short distance to major centres.
The Township of Howick is a predominately rural municipality. Urban settlement in the municipality is located in the Villages of Fordwich, Gorrie and Wroxeter, as well as in the hamlets of Belmore and Lakelet. The majestic Maitland River winds through the Township and flows through each of the Villages.
You are invited to visit, relocate or establish a business in our friendly community.