Two meetings this month will allow residents to learn and provide feedback on the Wellington County Official Plan.
Official plans are legal documents that govern municipal land-use decisions.
New growth forecasts for Wellington County show approximately 160,000 people and 70,000 jobs by 2051.
The official plan review webpage says reviewing the plan helps prepare policy for this added growth.
Municipalities are required to update this plan every five years to align with provincial plans such as the Planning Act, Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan and the provincial policy statement.
A report to the county’s planning committee says official plan policies that may need to be addressed are:
- Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions
- Adaptation to a changing climate
- Informing and obtaining views of the public
- Design of buildings and public spaces
- Renewable energy
- Community benefits charges
The first meeting, a public information centre focused on urban structure and growth allocations, will be held virtually on June 23 at 6:30 p.m. At this meeting, consultants will update the public on the work done so far.
Pre-registration is required for this meeting and can be done so here.
A special county council meeting will be held on June 29 at 10 a.m. for public feedback on the official plan review.