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 Official Plan Review 

*updated May 6, 2019

New County of Lambton Official Plan Partially in Effect

The new County Official Plan was adopted by County Council at its September 6, 2017 meeting and approved by the Province on March 21, 2018 with 28 modifications. The provincial approval received several appeals to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) in April of 2018. One appeal was refused because it was submitted after the last date for appeals. One appeal has been withdrawn. The two remaining appeals have been scoped to clarify what portions of the Official Plan are under appeal. On April 16, 2019 the LPAT issued an order declaring which portions of the County Official Plan are under appeal.

The new County Official Plan is therefore now formally in effect save and except for those portions that are subject to appeals before the LPAT. The new County Official Plan can be found at the following links with those portions that are the subject of appeals being specifically identified:

Official Plan Text  (Portions under appeal as noted)
Map 1 - Growth Strategy (Portions under appeal as noted)
Map 2 - Natural Heritage System (Portions under appeal as noted)
Appendix Map A - Source Protection Plans Map
Appendix Map B - Mineral Aggregate Resources Map
Appendix Map C - Oil, Natural Gas & Salt Resources Map
Appendix Map D - Select Natural Hazard Features Map

Appendix Map E - Canada Land Inventory Class for Agriculture Map


Latest Information

*last updated May 6, 2019

Update on Official Plan Review process:

Early 2016:  Consultations were held, including open houses in March.

June/July 2016:  A revised draft of the Official Plan was approved by County Council to present at a public meeting.

September 7, 2016:  A formal public meeting as required under the Planning Act was held by County Council.

November 2016:  A revised draft was presented to Committee A.M. 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 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:  3 appeals against the Province's decision were received by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, including an appeal by the County regarding the Province's modifications.  The Ministry forwarded the appeals to the LPAT for resolution.

January 9, 2019: The LPAT conducted a first pre-hearing conference, which established the list and status of those parties and participants that will be permitted to take part in the appeals process.

February 15, 2019: The LPAT conducted a second pre-hearing conference. The purpose of the conference was to scope the appeals by clarifying exactly which portions of the Official Plan are the subject of appeal. One of the three appeals was withdrawn at this conference.

April 4, 2019: The LPAT conducted a third pre-hearing conference to discuss the draft issues list, clarify which portions of the Official Plan are in effect and to set hearing dates for the appeals.

September 11-13, 2019:  A 3-day hearing is scheduled with respect to the County's appeal of the provincial modification that identified the Ladysmith Wetland Complex and portions of the Bickford Oak Woods Wetland Complex as provincially significant wetlands on Map 2 (Natural Heritage Features) to the County Official Plan.

November 13-15, 2019:  A 3-day hearing is scheduled with respect to the County's appeal of the provincial modifications to the County's minimum farm lot size policy.

July 13-24, 2020:  A 10-day hearing is scheduled with respect to JN Ventures Inc./BPS Ventures Inc.'s appeal of the land use designations in the County Official Plan pertaining to certain lands within the Town of Plympton-Wyoming along the lakeshore and near Wyoming.


Background Reports

Background and staff reports were prepared identifying key issues/problems to be addressed by the updated Official Plan and making recommendations to either County Council or its Committees. The reports are available by contacting the Planning & Development Services Department.


1998 County of Lambton Official Plan

As portions of the new County Official Plan are subject to appeal and not yet in force, the previous County Official Plan (1998) can be found below for reference:

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
789 Broadway Street
Wyoming, ON   N0N 1T0
Telephone: 519-845-0801
Toll-free:  1-866-324-6912
Fax: 519 845-3817
Email:
planning@county-lambton.on.ca