Official Plan Review
*updated April 30, 2018
The new County Official Plan was approved by the Province on March 21, 2018 with 28 modifications. Additional information is available through the following links:
Notice of Decision - Ministry of Municipal Affairs
April 4, 2018 - Staff report to County Council
A copy of the new County Official Plan (text and maps) that identifies the province's modifications.
A total of three (3) appeals of the Province's decision were submitted to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. The appeals, including an appeal filed by the County against the modifications, have been forwarded by the Ministry to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. Given the nature of the appeals, no portions of the new County Official Plan are yet in effect.
The new County Official Plan as adopted by County Council at its September 6, 2017 meeting (before the above-noted modifications that were made by the Province) is contained through the following links:
Official Plan Text
Draft Map 1 - Growth Strategy
Draft Map 2 - Natural Heritage System (updated)
Draft Appendix Map A - Sourcewater Protection Plan Map
Draft Appendix Map B - Mineral Aggregate Resources Map
Draft Appendix Map C - Oil, Natural Gas & Salt Resources Map
Draft Appendix Map D - Select Natural Hazards Map
Draft Appendix Map E - Canada Land Inventory Class for Agriculture Map
The following link highlights the changes made to the Official Plan text since it was presented as a draft at the September 7, 2016 public meeting.
Official Plan Text - September 2016 draft to August 2017 Comparison
Changes made to the Maps since September 7, 2016 include:
- The addition of a gas compression station designation on Map 1 in St. Clair Township
- The addition and subsequent removal of nearly 800 acres of urban settlement area designation in the Plympton-Wyoming lakeshore area from Map 1 (the designation reverts back to as it was in September 2016).
- The deletion of all secondary natural heritage corridors from Map 2.
- The deletion of wetlands associated with natural heritage features #58 and #59 from Map 2.
- The deletion and subsequent reintroduction of natural heritage features #66 and #67 in St. Clair Township.
- The addition of Appendix Map E, the Canada Land Inventory Mapping
Minutes of the Draft Official Plan Review Committee's meetings held on December 20, 2016, January 4, 2017, January 11, 2017, January 23, 2017 and February 17, 2017 are available in a combined document. Minutes from the June 21, 2017 of the Draft Official Plan Review Committee are also available. Minutes of the July 5 and 24, 2017 Draft Official Plan Review Committee meetings are available as part of the August 2, 2017 Lambton County Council agenda.
Staff reports are available summarizing the revisions included in the November 30, 2016 draft as a result of the public meeting in September 2016 and the consultations earlier in 2016. Summaries of public and agencies comments and the Province's comments from the early 2016 consultations are available. A summary of the Province's second set of comments for the public meeting is also available. A report on the residential land supply contained within the settlement boundaries of the April 5, 2017 draft of the Official Plan and Map A and Map B to the Residential Land Supply Report are available.
*last updated April 30, 2018
Update on Official Plan Review process:
Early 2016: Consultations were held including Open Houses in March.
June/July 2016: A revised draft was approved by County Council to bring to a public meeting.
September 7, 2016: A formal public meeting as required under the Planning Act was held before County Council.
November 2016: A revised draft was presented to A.M. Committee and County Council for endorsement. County Council directed that a Review Committee be struck to review the draft with staff.
December 2016 through February 2017: The Draft County Official Plan Review Committee completed its review of the Draft OP after five meetings.
April 5, 2017: A revised draft showing the changes recommended by the Draft County Official Plan Review Committee was presented to County Council for consideration. Council deferred the draft.
June 7, 2017: County Council deferred the draft and directed the Draft County Official Plan Review Committee to reconvene.
June 21, July 5, and July 24 2017: Draft County Official Plan Review Committee reconvened.
August 2, 2017: County Council approved the content of the new County Official Plan.
September 6, 2017: County Council passed By-law 25 of 2017 by which it formally adopted the new Official Plan. The Plan will be forwarded within 15 days to the Province for approval. The Plan was subsequently forwarded to the Province for approval.
March 21, 2018 - The Province issued its decision to approve the new County Official Plan with 28 modifications.
April, 2018 - Three (3) appeals of the Province's decision were received by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, including an appeal by the County of the Province's modifications. The Ministry forwarded the appeals to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal for resolution.
To avoid the confusion of multiple drafts, only the most current draft of the proposed new County Official Plan is posted. If you wish to see the previous drafts, please contact the Planning & Development Services Department.
Background reports were prepared identifying key issues/problems to be addressed by the updated Official Plan. These background reports and the input received to date through the review process form the basis of the proposed Official Plan. The reports are available by contacting the Planning & Development Services Department.
1998 County of Lambton Official Plan
Given the nature of the appeals, no portions of the new County Official Plan are yet in force. The 1998 County Official Plan that is currently in effect can be found below:
Official Plan - County of Lambton
County Official Plan - Map 1 Growth Strategy
County Official Plan - Map 2 Natural Heritage System
County Official Plan - Appendix A
County Official Plan - Appendix B
The Government of Ontario, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has additional information regarding Official Plans .
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