Official Plan Review with Meaford Logo and rolling hills image in the background.

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. It 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 the community will evolve.

As we enter the next phase of the review process, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to share your thoughts and vision for future changes that will guide Meaford’s Official Plan update. 

We have a number of public meetings coming up this spring and summer. For the full list, please see the drop down menu below titled "Full Public Meeting Schedule".

April 13               Heritage Advisory Committee Workshop

April 19             Downtown Development and Key Public Lands Workshop

April 21             Urban Character and Settlement Workshop             

April 26            Rural Character and Settlement Workshop

April 27              Economic Development Advisory Committee Workshop

April 28           Agriculture Development and Rural Lands Workshop 

May 11               Parks Advisory Committee Workshop                             

Please note that the workshops listed above in bold will be hosted by NPG Planning Solutions and more information on these sessions can be found below in the drop down menu titled "Community Discussions Hosted by NPG Planning Solutions".

 

Community Discussions Hosted by NPG Planning Solutions 

NPG Planning Solutions will be hosting several community discussions this spring. The meetings will be hosted virtually. By RSVPing a meeting link will be sent to you.  

 

Meeting Dates and Times: 

April 19            2:00-4:00 p.m.            Downtown Development and Key Public Lands Workshop       RSVP by April 15

April 21            2:00-4:00 p.m.            Urban Character and Settlement Workshop                                   RSVP by April 19

April 26            2:00-4:00 p.m.           Rural Character and Settlement Workshop                                     RSVP by April 22

April 28            2:00-4:00 p.m.           Agriculture Development and Rural Lands Workshop                 RSVP by April 26

 

RSVP to participate:

  • email the project coordinator, Lichheng Lim: llim@npgsolutions.ca
  • identify in your email which workshop or workshops (if more than one you wish to attend)
  • RSVP to attend the workshop by the date identified so that the virtual meeting link may be sent to you before the meeting date

 

Workshop Workbooks:

Each meeting hosted by NPG Planning Solutions is accompanied by a workbook to gather your input. You can access the online version via Survey Monkey below. We invite you to check out these workbooks and provide your feedback.

 

Rural Character and Settlement: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BRD52YL

 

Agricultural and Rural Lands: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/26SXH8S

 

Downtown Development and Key Public Lands: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/26MCHZ7

 

Urban Character and Settlement: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/26CKVWL

 

Prefer to have a downloadable version of the Workbook?

We also have a downloadable PDF below that includes all the workbooks in one document.

Click here to download the fillable workbook

 

 

Prefer a Hardcopy of the Workbooks?

Starting April 13, a hard copy version that includes all of the workbooks in one document will be available at:

  • the Municipal Administration Office at 21 Trowbridge Street West, from 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday
  • the Meaford Public Library, at 11 Sykes Street North (see www.meaford.ca/library for hours of operation).

When you are finished with your hard copy workbook, you may drop it off at the same locations.

 

We want to make sure we get your feedback!

If you find completing the survey is a challenge for you, please contact us and we will find a different way for you to provide your responses. Please call us at 519-538-1060 ext. 1100 or email accessibility@meaford.ca and we can work together to find a solution.

Community Feedback to the Survey

Your input is confirming that our existing Official Plan aligns with community wants. A lot of the information and themes shared in the survey responses and at the Community Chat meeting held on February 23, 2022 are already contained within the existing Official Plan. While there is still work to be done to make sure the Official Plan can address changing circumstances overtime and prepare for growth to 2046, your feedback has reaffirmed we are headed in the right direction. We will be taking your insights and adapting them into new policies, or amended the existing policies, so that the Official Plan better matches the desires and goals of the community.  

Thank you for providing your input! We received a great response from residents offering meaningful input on the Official Plan survey. In total there were 415 individual surveys that were submitted.

The responses provide an excellent picture of citizen’s insights to endorse the types of policies that should be in the Official Plan that will support good planning and development in the municipality. The amount of interest received on the Official Plan survey represents the incredible depth of citizen engagement that exists across the municipality. We invite you to have a read of the responses, so you have an understanding of the insights provided from fellow community citizens. 

All the responses, just as we received them, have been included in the link below. 

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 Comparing Comments with the Existing Official Plan

Below is a link to the Official Plan. Reading the Official Plan in combination with the survey responses can offer an additional understanding of how some responses that are were identified in the survey are addressed in the existing Official Plan and the policy that is provided to achieve them. 

Existing Official Plan

 Full Public Meeting Schedule
 Official Plan revised meeting schedule

If you would like to be notified directly, please contact officialplan@meaford.ca to register your name and information.

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

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