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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Official Plan Review 2016-2017

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.

The 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.​

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Documents & Presentation Materials

Directions Report – Phase 2 Official Plan Review (Oct.3/17):
Recommendation Report (Feb.7/17):

BILD Presentation (Jan.27/17):

Council Update (Dec.20/16):

Public Information Meeting (Oct.4/16):

Public Open House (Sep.13/16):

Special Meeting of Council (Sep.6/16):

Stakeholder Meetings (Aug.16-23/16):


Project Process

​​​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

Once the Policy Directions Report is complete, work will begin on preparing a new Official Plan to replace the current 2002 Official Plan. 

Where are we now?

​Below is a list of project milestones, with completed items marked:

​​PHASE 1 ​ ​

​Stakeholder Meetings​Growth & Population / Downtown Bradford
August 16, 2016, 2-6 p.m.
Employment Lands
August 18, 2016, 2-6 p.m.
​Seniors Housing Forum​
August 23, 2016, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
​Special Meeting of Council​September 6, 2016, 7 p.m.
BWG Public Library
​​Public Open House​September 13, 2016, 4 - 6 p.m., 7 - 9 p.m.​​DONE
​Public Meeting​October 4, 2016, 7 p.m.
BWG Public Library
​​Status Update to Council​December 20, 2016, 7 p.m. 
BWG Public Library
​​Staff Report to CouncilFebruary 7, 2017, 7 p.m.
BWG Public Library
​By-laws Enacted ​March 21, 2017, 7 p.m.
BWG Public Library

​ ​​​PHASE 2 ​ ​

Community Workshop​June 8, 2017, 3 p.m.
Bradford & District Memorial Community Centre
​Staff Report to Council​​October 3, 2017, 7 p.m.
BWG Public Library

​​PHASE 3 ​ ​

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
         click to send ​​by email

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​ 

Public Comments

​​​We are compiling all comments received in writing and at public meetings; they will be posted here as received. Project milestones are also indicated:

​​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


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