The City of Brandon Now Has Subdivision Approval Authority

December 10, 2020

Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon and the Brandon Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce that the City of Brandon has subdivision approval authority.  This means faster processing of subdivisions and the ability for the City of Brandon to be an autonomous planning authority from the former Brandon and Area Planning District.

The former partners of the Brandon & Area Planning District, the RM’s of Elton and Cornwallis, and the City of Brandon, worked collaboratively with Minister Squires and her team to establish a new structure for the District where the rural partners will continue providing services under the newly named Keystone Planning District (KPD), independent of the City of Brandon.  This new structure will provide increased autonomy/processing efficiency for the KPD and the City of Brandon with inter-municipal planning facilitated through a new joint planning committee.

Bill 7, The Planning Amendment Act to provide the City of Brandon Subdivision Authority, was given third reading and royal assent (approved) by the province on December 3rd.  The official document can be found at

The City of Brandon is now the only municipality outside of Winnipeg to have subdivision authority.

The Brandon Chamber of Commerce was an active partner with the City of Brandon by leading a submission to the province supporting the amendment as a means to reduce processing time and “Red Tape” facing the development industry in the City of Brandon.

“As Manitoba’s second largest city, Brandon has grown its capabilities and capacities in terms of planning, development and engineering services,” said Mayor Rick Chrest. “By granting this new status to Brandon, the Province has acknowledged the professionalism of our Development Services team, which I’m very proud to see. We look forward to continuous improvement and streamlining processes to foster ongoing growth and development in our community.”

“We are pleased with the announcement of subdivision authority,” said Spencer Day, the President of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce.  “We have long advocated for the reduction of red tape, and for a city the size of Brandon, this is a step in the right direction. This is an example of success that can be achieved when the city and stakeholders work together.”