The CAO/Director of Planning also promotes economic development in OSM Township through local and regional partnerships.
The Planning Act and its regulations govern land use in Ontario. Under the Planning Act, there are Provincial Policy Statements which must be followed by all municipalities. Some Ministries have set Guidelines for land use such as the Ministry of Agriculture's Minimum Distance Separations (MDS) for livestock and manure facilities.
The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe also applies to Otonabee-South Monaghan. The Growth Plan requires that new growth be directed to settlement areas and limits activities in the rural area.
The County of Peterborough has an Official Plan. The County OP sets the overall direction for land use across the eight member municipalities, including OSM Township.