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Plan-It Orangeville -- Official Plan Review underway

The Town of Orangeville has launched the five-year review of its Official Plan, as mandated under the Ontario Planning Act. An Official Plan is a broad policy document that guides land use development in a community.

The Town of Orangeville has launched the five-year review of its Official Plan, as mandated under the Ontario Planning Act. An Official Plan is a broad policy document that guides land use development in a community.

Orangeville’s review, with costs recoverable through development charges, will include a land needs assessment undertaken by a consultant.  The review will determine if the Town is equipped to achieve the growth targets contained within the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the new Dufferin County Official Plan and the Development Charges Background Study with the lands it currently has available and the present designations of those lands. Study results will be used to determine Official Plan policy for the five-year review.

The Official Plan review is expected to be completed in the fall of 2016. Public input and consultation will be important to the review process. The statutory open house was held in February 2016 with the special meeting of Council held in March 2016. The statutory public meeting will be held in the fall.

The Town’s current Official Plan was adopted and approved by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in 1985. There have been a number of amendments since that time as a result of site specific policies, changes to provincial legislation including the Planning Act, the Provincial Policy Statement and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the various five-year reviews as mandated by the Planning Act.  The Town last undertook an Official Plan review in 2008 which was approved by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in 2010.  Since 2010, there have been 14 site specific and policy Official Plan Amendments approved.  As well, Dufferin County prepared its first Official Plan which was Ministerial approved March 25, 2015, with one outstanding appeal.  

Since the last Official Plan review there have been several municipal initiatives that are not reflected in the Official Plan, including the preparation of a Town Economic Development Strategy, Parks and Recreation Master Plan , the adoption of the Town’s first Cultural Plan , Way-Finding Signage Program and the recent return of the Humber Lands (approximately 22 hectares in size currently designated for institutional use) into the Town’s ownership.

Section 26(1) of the Planning Act requires a municipality to review its Official Plan at least every five years after a plan comes into effect to ensure that it conforms with provincial plans or does not conflict with them, has regard to matters of provincial interest and is consistent with the policy statements of the province.  The five-year review is also an opportunity to ensure the Official Plan continues to address local priorities and changing community needs.

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Related documents:

Status update on five-year review of Official Plan (March 2016)

Land Needs Assessment

Land Needs Assessment and Commercial Market Analysis

Tourism Development & Marketing Plan

Dufferin County Active Transportation & Trails Master Plan

Orangeville Housing Needs Analysis