Official Plan Review

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This page is your hub for all updates, proposed policy and opportunities to provide feedback about the Wellington County Official Plan Review.


Official Plan Review

Over the next 30 years, Wellington County is expected to grow to approximately 160,000 people and 70,000 jobs. The County is reviewing and updating Official Plan policies to prepare for this added growth and to ensure that the Plan is supporting healthy, compact and complete communities in Wellington. The County is doing so through a process called a Municipal Comprehensive Review and also as part of a 5-year review.

How to stay up to date and get involved

We will regularly update this page throughout the Official Plan Review process. If you would like to receive updates, please subscribe to this page. You may also join our digital mailing list by sending us a request to

If you wish to provide comments or ask questions about the official plan review, please contact us. We will also update the project webpage as formal opportunities for consultation are scheduled.


Public Consultation
Special Meeting of Council

Members of the public are invited to join County Council and staff for a meeting on:

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

to learn more about the Official Plan review process and share your thoughts about the types of changes to the Official Plan that may be needed. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be held virtually via the Zoom platform. 

How to Participate: 
Register to Speak and/or View the Meeting

Members of the public who wish to speak at the meeting and/or view the meeting online are required to register with the Clerks Department before 4:00 p.m. on June 28 by contacting:

Nicole Cardow, Deputy Clerk at or 519.837.2600 x 2524

Instructions will be provided upon registration. 

Call to Listen to the Meeting

Members of the public who do not wish to speak at the meeting, but would like to listen by phone, can call 1.855.703.8985 and input the following meeting information:

Webinar ID: 941 7552 6687

Passcode: 805820

Provide Written Comments

If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to provide written comments, please send them to:

Sarah Wilhelm, Manager of Policy Planning at or by regular mail at 74 Woolwich Street, Guelph, ON, N1H 3T9.

Additional Information

If you wish to receive notification of future public consultation events and other matters related to the Official Plan Review, please send an email to requesting to be added to the project mailing list.


June 29, 2021 - Special Meeting of Council Notice


Growth Management


Growth Management Overview

Planning for Employment

The County of Wellington is anticipated to experience significant employment growth over the next 30 years and is projected to reach at least 70,000 jobs by 2051. As part of the of the Official Plan Review, the County will be updating employment policies in the Official Plan in accordance with Provincial Policy requirements.

The County’s Employment Areas include lands designated Industrial and Rural Employment Area. These areas accommodate primarily 'export based' employment sectors which typically reach markets well beyond the trade area of the County population base. This includes a wide range of industrial uses (manufacturing, distribution/logistics, transportation services), specific multi-tenant commercial and institutional uses, which generally support the industrial/business function of the County’s Employment Areas.

Employment areas are a vital component of the County of Wellington's land-use structure and are an integral part of the local economic development potential of the County and its achievement of complete communities.


What is an Employment Area conversion?

An Employment Area conversion is a process to consider re-designating lands within an Employment Area to accommodate a non-employment use such as residential or major retail. Through the Land Needs Assessment, the County is required to consider potential employment area conversion requests.

At this time, the County is currently accepting Employment Area conversion requests until May 3rd, 2021.

Parties interested in pursuing an Employment Area conversion should review the Employment Area Conversion Submission Guide to find out more information. We note, Employment Areas that are eligible to be considered for conversion are lands designated Industrial and located within an Urban Centre.



Employment Area Conversion Submission Guide 



Planning Committee Reports

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