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 Official Plan Review 

Official Plan Review

*updated September 13, 2017

At its September 6, 2017 meeting, Lambton County Council passed By-law 25 of 2017 by which it formally adopted a new County of Lambton Official Plan. The Official Plan is now being forwarded to the Province for its approval. The Province may approve, approve with modifications, or refuse the Official Plan. The linked Notice of Adoption provides instructions for how to be notified of the Province's decision and additional detail on the approval and appeals process.

The newly adopted County Official Plan content, which is being forwarded to the Province for approval, is contained in 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.

Latest Information

*last updated September 13, 2017

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.

Previous Drafts

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

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

The new Official Plan does not come into full force and effect until approved by the Province.  The 1998 County Official Plan 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 .

Planning & Development Services Department
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