Growth Management Plan to 2051

All municipalities in Ontario are required to have an Official Plan.

An Official Plan is a document established under the Planning Act to outline the goals, objectives, and policies needed to manage and direct physical land use changes in the community. Official Plan policies also address the effects of land use changes on the social, economic, and natural environment of the municipality. 

An Official Plan establishes the vision for how land is to be used, where uses can be appropriately located (and not located), any criteria associated with those permissions, and how infrastructure and support services support the community.

The goals of an Official Plan include:
  • Implementing matters of Provincial and County interest (growth management, promotion of County economic development objectives, agricultural issues, the protection of natural heritage features and natural resources, natural and human-made hazards, and servicing and transportation networks)
  • Establishing land-use designations that permit various uses of land with associated development policies
  • Identifying what infrastructure and services are required to support the community
  • Describing where and how growth will occur in the Town.


About our Official Plan

Upcoming Meeting

You are invited to attend a Special Meeting of Council to provide input as the Town launches its Official Plan Update for Growth Management to 2051.

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Zima Room, BWG Library and Cultural Centre located at 425 Holland Street West


The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury’s (BWG's) current Official Plan establishes a vision for growth and development in the Town to the year 2031.

The Town’s Official Plan is required to conform to and implement Provincial and upper-tier plans and legislation, including the:

  • Provincial Policy Statement,
  • Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (and amendments thereto),
  • Lake Simcoe Protection Plan,
  • Greenbelt Plan, and
  • Simcoe County Official Plan.

Projected growth for BWG

  • Population: approx. 83,470 people by 2051.
  • Employment: approx. 30,900 jobs by 2051.

Project process

The review is planned to be conducted in two parts, as outlined below. The Special Council Meeting on June 25 is the first of many opportunities for the public to contribute to the Official Plan Update for Growth Management.

Part 1  

Intensification First – focused on the following themes:

  • Major Transit Station Area (“MTSA”) and Bridge Street Corridor
  • Intensification Strategy
  • Employment Land Conversion
  • Highway 400 Employment Lands
Part 2 

Settlement Area Boundary Expansion Review – focused on the following themes:

  • Updated delineation of settlement area boundaries
  • Infrastructure, servicing, facilities and other community needs to support growth

For more information on the Growth Management Work Plan please review staff reports PLN-2023-2 and PLN 2024-5.

We Want to Hear From You!

Share your thoughts, ideas, and comments on the Official Plan by email at

Address: Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, 100 Dissette St., Unit 7&8, Bradford, ON, L3Z 2A7

Phone: 905-775-5366, Send an Email

By GHD Digital