Official Plan Review 2016-2018
What is an Official Plan?
An Official Plan provides a vision for future growth and generally guides where new homes, schools, businesses and parks should be located. It includes policies with respect to the construction of new services such as roads and sewers as well as protecting our natural and built heritage.
Planning Act mandates that municipalities review and update their official plans every five years. This process at the Town got restarted earlier in 2014, and a Public Open House was held during the June 3, 2014, Town Council meeting. Staff held informal consultations in the summer of 2014; however, changes and reviews at other levels of government caused the review of the Town’s official plan to be suspended for the past few years. In 2016, the Town engaged MMM Group to carry out a phased review and update of the Town’s 2002 Official Plan.
Official Plan Review Status
The Official Plan Review is now in its third and final phase. See "Where are we now?" below for details on upcoming activities.
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The Town has retained MMM Group Limited to assist in undertaking the Official Plan Review.
The Official Plan project is comprised of three stages, which generally includes the following tasks and anticipated timeframes:
Phase One: Amendments for the First Four Main Issues
Four areas were identified by Town staff as priorities to be addressed in the first stage of the review:
- Employment lands review (including requests for conversion to other uses)
- Growth and population distribution (e.g. housing mix forecast)
- Downtown Bradford revitalization
- Seniors housing options
This phase is now complete, with Official Plan Amendments adopted by Council on March 21, 2017.
Phase Two: Policy Directions Report
This phase involved review and updating of all policy areas not covered in Phase 1. This work included a community workshop and presentation to Council.
Phase Three: New Official Plan
This phase is currently underway to prepare a new Official Plan to replace the current 2002 Official Plan. Please see the sections below for opportunities to provide input.
Where are we now?
Below is a list of project milestones, with completed items marked:
|Stakeholder Meetings||Growth & Population / Downtown Bradford
August 16, 2016
August 18, 2016
|||Seniors Housing Forum
August 23, 2016
|Special Meeting of Council||September 6, 2016||DONE|
|Public Open House||September 13, 2016||DONE|
|Public Meeting||October 4, 2016||DONE|
|Status Update to Council||December 20, 2016||DONE|
|Staff Report to Council||February 7, 2017||DONE|
|By-laws Enacted ||March 21, 2017||DONE|
|Community Workshop||June 8, 2017||DONE|
|Staff Report to Council||October 3, 2017||DONE|
|Downtown Revitalization Committee Presentation||April 4, 2018||DONE|
|Arts and Culture Advisory Committee Presentation||April 9, 2018||DONE|
|Public Open Houses||April 10, 2018||DONE|
|Accessibility Advisory Committee Presentation||April 11, 2018||DONE|
|Holland Marsh Drainage System Joint Municipal Services Board Presentation||April 12, 2018||DONE|
|Active Transportation/Recreation Committee Presentation||April 18, 2018||DONE|
|Holland Marsh Growers Association Presentation||April 19, 2018||DONE|
|Traffic Committee Presentation||April 24, 2018||DONE|
|Economic Development Advisory Committee||April 25, 2018||DONE|
|Public Meeting||April 30, 2018, 7 p.m.|
BWG Public Library
|Heritage Committee Presentation||May 7, 2018||DONE|
Documents & Presentation Materials - First Phase
Recommendation Report (Feb.7/17):
BILD Presentation (Jan.27/17):
Council Update (Dec.20/16):
Public Information Meeting (Oct.4/16):
Phase 1 Public Open House (Sep.13/16):
Special Meeting of Council (Sep.6/16):
Stakeholder Meetings (Aug.16-23/16):
Documents & Presentation Materials - FINAL/Current Phase
Phase 3 Public Open House (Apr.10/18):
Committee Presentations (Apr.4-19/18):
Directions Report – Phase 2 Official Plan Review (Oct.3/17):
Public Comments - First Phase
First Section 26 Notice
- June 23, 2016|
Stakeholder Meetings - August 16-23, 2016|
Special Meeting of Council - September 6, 2016|
Public Open House - September 13, 2016|
Public Meeting - October 4, 2016|
Council Update - December 20, 2016|
Recommendation Report - February 7, 2017|
OPAs Adopted - February 21, 2017|
Public Comments - FINAL/Current Phase
We want to hear from you!
You are encouraged to provide comments throughout the Official Plan review process. Reports and materials will continue to be posted on this site for your review.
If you wish to discuss the OP in person you may come to the Planning office at 305 Barrie St, Unit 2 (No Frills Plaza). We recommend calling ahead to ensure someone will be available (905-778-2055).
Verbal consultations DO NOT become part of the public record. For your comments to be included in the public record, they must be received in writing.
For inclusion in the public record
If you want your comments to be included in the official report to be reviewed by Council, you MUST:
- submit your comments in writing (not verbally)
- provide your complete name and contact information
- begin your message with
"Attention Mayor and Council of the Town of BWG"
- mail OR email it to:
Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury
c/o Municipal Clerk
100 Dissette St., P.O. Box 100
Bradford, ON L3Z 2A7
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To ask questions or make comments to Town staff
If your letter/email is NOT addressed to the Mayor and Council, it will be reviewed by staff in the Office of Community Planning only and not made part of the official public record.
- Contact Town staff at: 905-778-2055 ext.1404 or
- click to send an email to the Office of Community Planning
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