Official Plan Review
*updated August 10, 2017
At its Special Meeting August 2, 2017, Lambton County Council finalized the contents of the new County Official Plan. A By-Law will be presented for Council's consideration at its September 6, 2017 regular meeting. Approval of this By-Law would formally adopt the Official Plan and direct that it be forwarded to the Province of Ontario for approval.
The new County Official Plan content as approved at the August 2, 2017 Council meeting 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 6, 2017 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 August 10, 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 will be presented with a By-Law for formal adoption of the new Official Plan. If approved, the Official Plan will be forwarded to the Province for approval.
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.
Current (1998) County of Lambton Official Plan
The current version of the County's Official Plan, which came into effect January 3, 1998, 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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