The Southwest New Brunswick Service Commission provides planning and development services to all the rural unincorporated areas of the region as well as the member municipalities of St. Stephen, Saint Andrews, St. George, Harvey and McAdam.
Planning is the way in which a local community guides its economic, social, and physical development. Planning involves the creation of a well-founded strategic vision for a community's development. Planning considers development of land, conservation, cultural resources, facilities, infrastructure, services, transportation and future growth. Planning is a process that relies on public participation and engagement of a wide variety of stakeholders. Planning is done with a view to promote the overall public interest.
Planning by-laws or regulations are the tool to ensure the vision for a community becomes a reality. The Rural Plan or Municipal Plan are the primary by-laws or regulations to guide and direct new development in a community. Building permits or subdivision approvals can only issued on the basis of compliance with all planning by-laws or regulations.
The staff at the Southwest New Brunswick Service Commission provide professional planning services and development approvals. Applications for new building or developments in region or member are received directly by the Commission.