An official plan outlines policies on how land in the Town should be used. It is prepared with input from residents and stakeholders and helps to ensure that future planning and development will meet the specific needs of the community. Town policies are required to conform with the policies in the County of Grey Official Plan and to be consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement
An official plan considers issues such as:
- Where new housing, industry, offices and shops will be located;
- What services (roads, water mains, parks, schools) will be needed;
- When, and in what order, parts of the community will grow; and
- Community improvement initiatives.
The policies and designations of the Official Plan are intended to guide development in the Town for a 20-year period.
Town of The Blue Mountains Official Plan
The Official Plan is divided into six parts, each of which is described below:
Official Plan Review
The Town of The Blue Mountains is updating its Official Plan. When completed, the Official Plan will guide all future land-use decisions in the Town, including residential and commercial development, the type of permitted housing, density and intensification standards, and how agricultural and natural features will be protected. Residents and stakeholders will have the opportunity to share their feedback and vision for the Town’s future by participating in the Official Plan update process.
At the Committee of the Whole meeting on November 30, 2021, Town staff presented a detailed project update report outlining the project framework, project phasing, scope of work, roles and responsibilities, and public engagement plan for the Official Plan Update project. The report also included the proposed Terms of Reference and the Project Steering Committee Structure. In addition, at the meeting, Council directed staff to finalize a Request for Proposal and secure external consulting services for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the project framework.
More information on the Official Plan Review can be found here.