5-Year Review (OPA 81)



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 Houses

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.

Council Adoption

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.

Notice of Adoption - Five Year Review


Provincial Approval

The province has issued its Decision to approve OPA 81, with certain modifications. The Decision is at the link below:

OPA 81 - Notice of Decision

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


Council Adopted Amendment

OPA 81 Council Adopted September 26, 2013

Companion Document Council Adopted OPA 81 September 26, 2013


Final Draft Amendment Recommended for Adoption

OPA-81 Sept 17, 2013

Companion Document for Final Draft OPA 81 September 17, 2013

Schedule C - Mineral Aggregate Resource Areas


Public Meeting

OPA 81 Public Meeting Presentation - May 28, 2013

Notice of Official Plan Amendment 81 Public Meeting

When: Tuesday May 28, 2013 at 7:00pm

Where: Wellington Place, Aboyne Hall - 536 Wellington Road 18, located between Elora, and Fergus, Ontario


Revised Draft OPA 81

OPA Revised Draft (April 4, 2013)

Companion Document for Revised Draft OPA 81 (April 4, 2013)

Schedule C - Mineral Aggregate Resource Areas


Open Houses

Notice of Open Houses

Open House Display Boards

Draft Official Plan Amendment 81 (August 9, 2012)

Document showing proposed policies with existing policies (as of August 9, 2012)


Maps Showing Greenlands System Changes

 Core Greenlands

 Centre Wellington






 Wellington North


 Centre Wellington






 Wellington North


Planning Committee Reports:

PD2010-05 - Special Meeting of Council (January 2010)

PD2010-07 - Mapping Changes Under Consideration (January 2010)

PD2011-05 - Settlement Boundary Corrections (March 2011)

PD2011-10 - Proposed Environmental Policy Changes (April 2011)

PD2011-12 - Proposed Application Process and Site Plan Changes (May 2011)

PD2012-09 - Progress Report and 2012 Workplan (February 2012)

PD2012-10 - Aggregate Resources Mapping (February 2012)

PD2012-13 - Official Plan Review - Update and Discussion of Additional Issues (April 2012)

PD2012-14 - Public Meetings (May 2012)

PD2012-19 - Update on Policies for Input at Open Houses (June 2012)

PD2012-30 Official Plan 5-year Review - Open House Follow-up Report (December 2012)

PD2013-04 Official Plan Review - Draft Revisions in response to Preliminary Provincial Comments (February 2013)

PD2013-08 Official Plan 5-Year Review - Prime Agricultural Area Correction (February 2013) 

PD2013-11 Official Plan 5-Year Review - Severance Date (April 2013)

PD2013-13 Official Plan 5-Year Review (OPA 81) - Circulation and Public Meeting (April 2013)  

PD2013-18 OPA 81 Public Meeting Report

PD2013-24 OPA 81 Summary of Comments and Recommended Revisions