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Official Plan

The Town's Official Plan, approved by the Region in 2011, is a long range planning document, that guides through the use of land use designations and policy, how and where the Town will grow and develop for a 20 year time horizon. The Official Plan must not conflict with upper-tier Regional Official Plan and Provincial Planning Policy (Provincial Policy Statements & Places To Grow, Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe).


The Official Plan identifies where residential, open space, commercial, industrial and institutional uses can be located and how such uses can develop. The Official Plan also identifies important natural heritage features and contains policies to protect or conserve these features. The Official Plan also provides higher level policy guidance on servicing for development, as well as roads, transportation, archaeological resources, built heritage, aggregate and petroleum resources as well as application processing policies.


The Official Plan is not a static document and can be amended following procedures under the Planning Act. The Town's Secondary Planning program develops more detailed community/neighbourhood plans which amend the Official Plan providing more detailed guidance at a community level. Applications for site specific amendments from the private sector are also received. The objectives of the Official Plan are implemented by the Town's Zoning By-law.


It is recommended that designations be confirmed with the Town's Planning and Development Department.


Official Plan Text


Official Plan Schedules – General

Schedule A

Land Use Plan

Schedule A1


Schedule A2

Amendment Areas

Schedule B

Mineral Aggregate & Petroleum Resources

Schedule C

Natural Heritage Features

Schedule C1

Natural Hazards & Fish Habitat

Schedule D

Cultural Heritage Archaeological Zones of Potential

Schedule D1

Cultural Heritage Archaeological Zones of Sensitivity

Schedule E

Transportation Plan


Secondary Plan Schedules

Schedule A3

Bridgeburg Secondary Plan Area

Schedule Gateway

Gateway Secondary Plan Area

Schedule SHP

Spears-High Pointe Secondary Plan Area

Schedule RTB

Ridgeway-Thunder Bay Secondary Plan Area

Schedule STV

Stevensville Secondary Plan Area

Schedule DCB

Douglas Town-Black Creek Secondary Plan Area

Schedule S2

South End Secondary Plan Area



Appendix A

Glossary of Terms

Appendix B

Concept Plan - Bay Beach

Appendix C

Adjacent Lands Distances - Natural Heritage Features

Appendix D

Natural Areas Designation Criteria


Related Links:

Secondary Plans

Comprehensive Zoning By-Law

Region of Niagara Official Plan

Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Provincial Policy Statement