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Official Plan Review

The updated Official Plan has been prepared in accordance with the Planning Act and must adhere to all Provincial Planning Policies, as well as those policies of the County of Simcoe. Council adopted the updated Official Plan in October 2022. The County of Simcoe approved the Official Plan on November 14, 2023, and will come into effect if a Notice of Appeal is not received on or before the last day for filing a notice of appeal (please refer to the Last Date of Appeal noted in the Notice of Decision).

To submit any comments or concerns, please complete the Official Plan Review Feedback Form.

About the Project (FAQ)

An Official Plan (OP) is a municipal policy document that guides decisions on land use and development. It sets out the vision, goals, and objectives for the municipality, and provides broad direction on matters such as growth management, infrastructure, protecting natural resources, employment lands, housing, natural hazards, parks, and the public realm. The Township's Official Plan must be consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement, the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the County of Simcoe Official Plan, and other provincial plans and strategies, such as the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan. The Official Plan outlines land use designations and policies, and maps out a land use structure across the Township.​

Section 26 of the Planning Act requires municipalities to review existing Official Plans every five years to ensure that they conform to, and do not conflict with, provincial plans and upper-tier municipal policies.

Since the Township's current Official Plan was adopted in 1997 (and amended several times since then), there have been significant changes to planning policy at the Provincial and County levels including: release of two (2) new Growth Plans (July 1, 2017 and May 16, 2019), Amendment 1 to the Growth Plan (August 28, 2020), a new Provincial Policy Statement (May 1, 2020), South Georgian Bay Lake Simcoe Source Protection Plan, and the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan and the County of Simcoe adopted its most recent Official Plan in December 2016.

The Township's current Official Plan needs to be reviewed to ensure conformity to provincial and upper-tier policies, and it also needs to reflect local community objectives, growth and demographic change, and up-to-date principles of good planning.​

​The scope of Oro-Medonte's current Official Plan Review (OPR) process will consist of a conformity exercise to update the current Official Plan policies to address Provincial and County policies, including:

  • applying the County's population and employment forecasts to 2031;
  • applying the Provincial Government's currently approved alternative density and intensification targets;
  • generally updating the Township's land use, servicing, and transportation policies;
  • developing a settlement area hierarchy at the lower-tier (Township) level to inform the County's upper-tier settlement area hierarchy; and,
  • specifically bringing the Township Official Plan into conformity with the approved County of Simcoe Official Plan, the Provincial Policy Statement (2020), the Province's Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2020), the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan, and the South Georgian Bay Lake Simcoe Region Source Water Protection Plan.​

​A further review of Oro-Medonte's Official Plan will be completed once the County of Simcoe has completed a Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) of the County of Simcoe Official Plan.  The County MCR will include review of all of the following:

  • Watershed plans
  • Settlement Area Hierarchy criteria
  • Employment Strategy
  • Sewer and water servicing analysis and assimilative capacity analysis
  • Financial consideration and scenario testing
  • Intensification strategy
  • Setting Designated Greenfield Area targets across the County
  • Land needs assessment
  • Agricultural system and Natural Heritage system mapping (prepared by the Province)
  • Housing Strategy
  • Climate Change Strategy​
To learn more, please visit the County of Simcoe's Municipal Comprehensive Review webpage.

The new Official Plan will be considered and adopted by Council. It will then be forwarded to the County of Simcoe for further approval.

​A Zoning By-law Review will immediately follow Council's adoption of the Official Plan.  The new Zoning By-law must conform to the new Official Plan. These updated review documents may impact the zoning of your property and you will have the opportunity to have your say in the Zoning By-law Review.​

​You can visit this site for updates and there will be opportunities for you to provide comments and input by participating in Open Houses and Public Meetings.​

​We'll provide information about the project through a range of methods and channels:

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