Official Plan Review – Project Update

The Province recently announced another series of policy, legislative and regulatory changes for consultation, designed to assist with meeting its goal of constructing 1.5M houses in the next decade.

For land use planning in Collingwood, the most important proposal is a new Provincial Planning Statement (PPS), which would eliminate the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and act as a single, unified land use planning policy document for the entire Province. The proposed PPS is accompanied by implementing legislative changes and other regulatory changes related to Bill 23, and is targeted to be in place by the fall of 2023.

Given the significance of the land use planning-related changes, Planning Services staff are pivoting resources to advising Town Council on the impacts of the proposed changes.

Unfortunately, this means the release of the Draft 2 of the Town’s Official Plan will be delayed in order to provide comments on the proposed PPS, understand the impacts of the changes, and adjust the Town’s policy framework to be consistent with Provincial Policy.

Draft 2 of the Official Plan will incorporate the upcoming Provincial Policy and legislative changes and is targeted to be released early in the summer of 2023, with further public consultation targeted for early fall 2023.

Please subscribe to the Town’s Official Plan Update Engage Page for the release of Draft 2 of the Official Plan and future consultation opportunities.

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