The Township has retained the services of MHBC Planning Limited to review and update the Township Official Plan. The review is aimed at bringing the Official Plan into compliance with various Provincial and County legislation and policies and to consolidate all approved amendments to date.
What is an Official Plan?
An Official Plan is a planning policy document that establishes goals, objectives, land use designations and land use policies for these designations to manage and direct development and land uses throughout the Township. Official Plans outline what is generally permitted within the land use designations and includes associated policies. Plans are generally viewed as “living documents” subject to amendment over time. Official Plans are reviewed on a regular basis.
Why does the Township of Tiny need an Official Plan?
An Official Plan provides an effective means by which to inform the public of how their land can be used and what the municipality has deemed to be most appropriate in terms of land use designation. Official Plans are used as a tool to ensure appropriate uses of land are promoted in the Township based on the principles of good planning, and Provincial, County and Township policies. The Plan also helps to guide in the effective provision of infrastructure, and establishes a set of local regulations and standards to guide site specific development.
Why does the Official Plan need to be reviewed?
The Planning Act requires municipalities to review their Official Plans no less than every five years.
Over the course of the last decade, the Province has increased its commitment to good planning. This includes the release of the Provincial Policy Statement 2014, the approval of the Source Protection Plan under the Clean Water Act 2006, and the “Places to Grow Act: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe 2006”. Similarly, the Planning Act, which forms the regulatory environment for Planning, has been amended. All municipal Official Plans must be consistent with and conform to these provincial policies.
The County of Simcoe Official Plan was adopted on November 25, 2008, and the majority of the Plan was recently approved by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The Official Plan was adopted by the County of Simcoe Council on November 25, 2008, and is under appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The County of Simcoe Council endorsed the updated version on January 22, 2013. This version is currently before the OMB for approval. The majority of the County Official Plan has been approved by the OMB and forms part of the new County Land Use Planning policy regime, in which the Township Official Plan must be consistent and conform to.
What has the Township done to date?
At the November 28, 2016 Council Meeting, Motion #604/16 was approved and reads in part that staff be directed to work with MHBC Planning Limited to proceed with the Official Plan Review and Update on a comprehensive basis.
At the December 12th Council Meeting, MHBC Planning Limited made a presentation to Council regarding the Official Plan Review and Update.
There are a number of background technical reports that have been prepared in support of the Official Plan Review and Updated as follows:
As per Council direction, Township staff are actively working with MHBC Planning Limited to move forward with the Official Plan Review and Update.
If you have any questions, please contact the Township Planning Department at 705-526-4204.