An Official Plan describes Municipal Council’s policies on how land in the community should be used and helps to ensure that future planning and development will meet the needs of the community. An Official Plan addresses a variety of issues such as where housing, employment, agricultural, industrial and commercial uses should be located; what services such as roads, sewers and parks will be needed to support growth; and, the way in which parts of the community will grow or be protected.

The Planning Act of Ontario requires that the Municipality to revisit their Official Plan every five years.  It is now time to proceed with a review of the Municipality of Meaford Official Plan. 

The Municipality of Meaford has hired NPG Planning Solutions to lead the review process.

  

The Process for Completing and Official Plan Review

There are five phases to the Official Plan Review.

 

Phase One - Project Kick-off

The project will begin with Council identifying issues and opportunities at the Special Council Meeting (asper Section 26 of the Ontario Planning Act). An initial meeting will also be held with Meaford Planning staff to identify further issues and opportunities related to the existing Official Plan. These items will be highlighted for the Meaford Official Plan Update. Considerations from the Municipality’s Economic Development Advisory Committee will also be reviewed.

Phase Two - Draft Policies and Background Research 

NPG will prepare a summary of key background documents and issues as related to the Official Plan, which will act as a foundational piece in guiding the review and update. NPG will review the current Official Plan, prepare draft policies, along with a review of Meaford’s population and employment forecasts to 2046.

Phase Three - Community Engagement and Workshops

Your input is valued! Get involved in various ways. A summary of your input will be submitted to Council and be made available to the public, outlining key themes, proposed responses, and how this will influence the Official Plan.

You can participate by:

  • Filling out a Public Survey
  • Attending a Visioning Workshop
  • Getting a Copy of the Discussion Workbook and providing your comments

Phase Four - Council Presentation

NPG will present the feedback and issues and opportunities heard to-date to Council. Following the Council meeting, the draft Official Plan update will be finalized, circulated for agency comments, and released to the public.

Phase Five - Engagement and Adoption

The public will be invited to engage and comment on the Official Plan update at open houses and a Statutory Public Meeting held in early 2022. Recommendations and revisions to the Official Plan will be made based on the feedback received. The final draft of the Official Plan update will be presented to Council for review and adoption.

 Have Your Say!

We want to hear from you! Meaford’s Next Chapter is an opportunity for you to share your thoughts and vision for future changes that will guide Meaford’s Official Plan update. The update will provide direction on future physical development within the community, providing a clear path for planned, sustainable neighbourhoods and infrastructure. 

 

Stay tuned for more information on public participation dates and activities. Opportunities to provide input will be promoted on the website, Municipality Meaford Facebook page and local media channels. 

 

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