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Provincial law (the Planning Act) requires the County to undertake a review of its Official Plan every five years to make sure that it is current with provincial legislation and conforms with Provincial Plans. The County Official Plan was amended in 2007 to be consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement, and in 2009 to conform with Places to Grow. This review will bring the Official Plan into conformity with the provincial Greenbelt Plan. The 5-Year review is also an opportunity for Council to make other changes it feels are needed.
The County Official Plan 5-Year Review started in February, 2010 with a Special Meeting of County Council. Following that, the main work was to: review public and agency input on the topics to be addressed; consult with local municipalities and review agencies on certain key topics; review the input provided by agencies and the public; compile map schedule updates; and draft policy changes.
Open House meetings were held in September, 2012. Materials available for review included: a number of display panels that summarized the main proposed changes; copies of the amendment text and schedules; a set of maps showing natural heritage and natural hazard updates; and a set of aerial maps showing the proposed settlement boundary corrections.
Additional work after the Open Houses focused on: mineral aggregate area policies; rural employment area policies; confirming proposed major roadways; prime to secondary agricultural area requests; notice to propane operators; provincial comments on settlement expansions, permitted uses in Prime Agricultural Areas, and natural heritage policies; and the effective date for lot creation policies in the Secondary Agricultural Area. This work was incorporated into a Revised Draft OPA 81 (April 4, 2013).
Public Meeting and Circulation for Comments
The Revised Draft OPA 81 was circulated for comments in early May and the Public Meeting was held on May 28, 2013. Staff reviewed the input provided at the public meeting and written comments, and drafted a number of changes to the Final Draft Amendment. Staff recommended that County Council adopt the amendment and that staff be authorized to forward OPA 81 to the province for approval.
On September 26, 2013 County Council adopted OPA 81 with a revision to the Cedar Valley Hamlet boundary and amended such that all new or expanded mineral aggregate operations would require an Official Plan Amendment.
The province has issued its Decision to approve OPA 81, with certain modifications. The Decision is at the link below:
The province is the approval authority for OPA 81. The Notice of Adoption below provides information about the provincial process and contact information.
The links below are to the amendment documents, more detailed mapping of the Greenlands System features, and Planning Committee Reports. This page will be updated as the process continues.
Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) Appeals
There are 4 appeals of the Province's decision on OPA 81. The appeals are site-specific in nature and will be subject of a prehearing conference on November 10th. For more information, the OMB case number is PL140459 and the OMB contact is Dan Nguyen, Case Coordinator, Planner, (416)-326-6793
If you have any questions about the 5-year review, or are having any difficulty accessing the material on this page, please contact:
Mark Paoli, Manager of Policy Planning
(519) 837-2600 ext. 2120
OPA 81 Public Meeting Presentation - May 28, 2013
When: Tuesday May 28, 2013 at 7:00pm
Where: Wellington Place, Aboyne Hall - 536 Wellington Road 18, located between Elora, and Fergus, Ontario