Planning & Development

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 to 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.

Howick Zoning By-law

Howick Official Plan

Huron County Planning Application Forms

Planning Procedures Manual

Township of Howick Planning Fees By-law - See Schedule "J"

MVCA’s Planning and Regulation Fees please contact Maitland Valley Conservation Area.

Huron County Website