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.

Open for Comment

We are currently seeking input on the Draft Phase 1 MCR Report: Urban Structure and Growth Allocations until July 16, 2021. The report and additional information on how to provide comments is contained below within the Growth Management tab.

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 planwell@wellington.ca

The County has scheduled a virtual Public Information Centre for June 23, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. and a virtual Special Meeting of Council for June 29, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Both of these meetings are part of the Official Plan Review process but serve different purposes. 

The Public Information Centre is intended to provide members of the public with an introduction to the detailed growth management work the County has completed to date and provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide feedback.

The Special Meeting of Council is required under the Planning Act and is intended to provide a broad introduction of the Official Plan Review to the public. County staff will hear from the public on any matter within the scope of the Official Plan Review project. Feedback from this meeting will help inform areas of review and highlight matters of importance to the public.

Information about how to register and participate in these meetings is contained below within the Public Consultation tab.

 

Public Consultation
 Public Information Centre (PIC) - June 23, 2021
 

Public Information Centre (PIC)

The County of Wellington has scheduled a virtual Public Information Centre (PIC) on: 

June 23, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

to provide information about growth management work the County has completed to date. This includes information related to Municipal growth forecast and allocations to 2051 and a preliminary urban structure for the County.

Members of the public are invited to listen to a presentation and engage with County staff and consultants to provide feedback about the work completed to date.

How to Participate:

Register to Join the Meeting Online

Members of the public who wish to join the meeting online are required to register. Participants who join online will be able to view the presentation live and will have the opportunity to speak. Click here to register: https://lura-ca.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XaQeg7PkR-W3pmfpxVdsFw

Call to Listen to the Meeting

Members of the public who would prefer to join the meeting by phone can call 1-647-374-4685 to listen and have the opportunity to speak. To access the meeting by phone, you will need to input the following meeting information when you call-in:

Webinar ID: 682 1210 3215  

Passcode: 1320506437

This is a good option if you are aware that your internet connection can have a hard time connecting to online meetings. Please note that joining by phone, you will not be able to view the presentation live, however, it will be posted at www.wellington.ca/planwell

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 planwell@wellington.ca or by regular mail to 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 e-mail to planwell@wellington.ca requesting to be added to the project mailing list.

Notice of Public Information Centre - June 23, 2021

Public Information Centre Presentation - June 23, 2021

 Special Meeting of Council - June 29, 2021
 

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 nicoleca@wellington.ca 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 planwell@wellington.ca 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 planwell@wellington.ca requesting to be added to the project mailing list.

June 29, 2021 - Special Meeting of Council Presentation

June 29, 2021 - Special Meeting of Council Notice

PD2021-19 County Official Plan Review - Information Overview for Special Meeting of Council

 

Growth Management

Growth management is an integrated process to determine where and how population and employment growth will occur to promote healthy, compact and complete communities, while incorporating planning, servicing and financing considerations.

Below is a growth management overview that has been prepared to provide a review of the growth management framework set out in the provincial Growth Plan as it applies to Wellington County.

Growth Management Overview

Draft Phase 1 MCR Report: Urban Structure and Growth Allocations

The Draft Phase 1 Report provides detailed background and rationale for a County urban structure and proposed growth allocations to our member municipalities to 2051.

If you would like to provide comments, please submit your written feedback to planwell@wellington.ca by July 16, 2021.

County staff have prepared draft infographics to highlight proposed changes related to housing, population and employment growth in the County until 2051.

Draft Phase 1 MCR Report: Urban Structure and Growth Allocations

Housing Info-sheet

Population Info-sheet

Employment Info-sheet

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.

Resources:

Employment Area Conversion Submission Guide 

  


Planning Committee Reports

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