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 

The County has prepared its first official plan amendment under the Official Plan Review Project. This amendment has proposed changes to the County Growth Structure and Settlement Hierarchy and will serve as the structure for guiding and prioritizing future growth in Wellington County. More information about this amendment and how to provide comments is contained under the new Official Plan Amendment tab below.

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

Information regarding past consultations are contained within the Public Consultation tab below. 

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

On June 23, 2021, County planning staff and their consultants hosted a virtual Public Information Centre to provide information to the public about recent growth management work completed by the County. This included information related to draft municipal growth allocations to 2051 and a preliminary urban structure contained in the Draft Phase 1 MCR Report: Urban Structure and Growth Allocations.

Members of the public were invited to listen to a presentation and engage with County staff to ask questions and provide feedback on the Draft Phase 1 Report. A summary of this Public Information Centre, including questions and staff responses is provided below under Additional Information.

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

Public Information Centre Meeting Summary - June 23, 2021

 Special Meeting of Council - June 29, 2021

On June 29, 2021, County Council held a virtual Special Meeting of Council to broadly introduce the Official Plan Review to the public and receive feedback about the type of changes that may be needed to the Official Plan.

Members of the public were invited to listen to a presentation and engage with County staff to ask questions and provide feedback. A summary of this Special Meeting of Council, including questions and staff responses is provided below under Additional Information.

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

Special Meeting of Council Meeting Summary - June 29, 2021 

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.

The public comment window on the Draft Phase 1 Report is now closed. County staff and consultants will review feedback and incorporate changes where appropriate.

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.

The submission window for Employment Area conversion requests is now closed.

The County will review the submissions received and report to Planning Committee with planning staff recommendations and next steps.

Resources:

Employment Area Conversion Submission Guide 

Official Plan Amendments

 

This section will host the various official plan amendments that are prepared under the Official Plan Review.

The County Official Plan Review will be completed through a series of phased official plan amendments that will bring the County Official Plan into conformity with recent changes to Provincial land use plans, consistency with the Provincial Policy Statement and address other legislative changes.

Official Plan Amendment No. 119 – County Growth Structure

Through Official Plan Amendment (OPA) No. 119 the County has proposed changes to the Growth Structure and Settlement Hierarchy, that once implemented, will serve as the framework to guide growth in Wellington County. Please see links below for more detail.

The County will be planning Public Consultation regarding Official Plan Amendment No. 119. An update will be provided via our digital mailing list and posted on this page under the Public Consultation Tab once more information is available.

Interested parties are invited to submit comments on this amendment to the Plan Well email address: planwell@wellington.ca . Planning Staff will review all comments received through submissions and public engagements. Staff will report to Planning Committee with a final amendment.

Draft Official Plan Amendment No. 119 - County Growth Structure

Draft Official Plan Amendment No. 119 - Companion Document

  


Planning Committee Reports

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