Municipal Comprehensive Review

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The Town of New Tecumseth is embarking on a Town Official Plan Review and Growth Management Study to plan for the forecasted growth from the Simcoe County Municipal Comprehensive Review process. To get the latest information regarding the Official Plan Review and Growth Management Study please visit the Official Plan Review webpage.

We want to hear from you! There will be opportunities for public engagement coming in early 2024.  Subscribe to the Town of New Tecumseth’s Planning Monthly What’s Happening eBlast to receive updates on opportunities to provide comments, various planning matters including the progress of the Official Plan Review and Growth Management Study.

What is the Simcoe County Municipal Comprehensive Review?

A Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) is a process required by the Province under the 2019 A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and Provincial Policy Statement. It ensures that Official Plans conform with updated provincial plans and policies. An MCR is a specific process for upper-tier and single-tier municipalities that results in an updated official plan which is submitted to the Province for approval.

For New Tecumseth, this means that the County of Simcoe is currently undertaking the MCR to update its Official Plan. An Official Plan establishes the overall land use pattern of development and environmental management in the County and sets the stage for more detailed local planning. The Town has been actively engaged in the County’s MCR process by providing continued feedback on County growth management forecasts and targets.

The County and Town will continue to engage on the MCR. The County divided their MCR into multiple phases. Phase 1 was completed in August 2022 and included an adopted County Official Plan update to include the forecast and land needs for its 16 municipalities including New Tecumseth. The County is currently awaiting Provincial approval.

No delineation of settlement area boundary expansions were included in the County Official Plan update. The County is working collaboratively with the Town on proposed settlement area boundary expansions through the Official Plan Review to meet County forecast and land need targets. The County will continue to work on other elements of the MCR that will impact Town’s planning policies such as:

•             Employment Strategy

•             Water and Wastewater servicing review

•             Transportation master plan update

•             Watershed planning

•             Provincial Agricultural System review and update

•             Provincial Natural Heritage System review and update

•             Climate Change Strategy 

Simcoe County Projected Growth Chart

Planning for Complete Communities 

One of the key components in the Growth Plan is the application of an integrated planning approach where infrastructure planning, land use planning and infrastructure investment is coordinated to implement the Growth Plan policies. Planning for new or expanded infrastructure for transportation and, water and wastewater services will be used to identify where future population and employment can be accommodated.


One of the main objectives of the Official Plan is to build more compact complete communities to reduce the rate at which land is taken up by development. Complete communities support quality of life and human health. Whether they are urban, suburban, or rural, complete communities:

  • Are compact
  • Foster vibrant public interaction and give residents and workers a sense of place
  • Encourage active transportation
  • Make efficient use of infrastructure to support transit
  • Provide a mix of housing types and offer a range of affordability
  • Offer a range of employment opportunities
  • Offer access to healthy local food
  • Protect farmland and prime agricultural lands
  • Are designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change.         





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The Town has also developed Urban Design Guidelines to support the development of Complete Communities. The Official Plan policies will be updated in line with the updated guidelines to reflect the objectives of complete communities. 

 For More Information

For additional information on the MCR, you can read Council reports here;

 MCR Council Reports

 Council Reports


Proposed County of Simcoe MCR - #PD-2021-26 - May 31, 2021 

Proposed County of Simcoe MCR - PD-2021-26 Staff Presentation

MCR Update on Growth Management - #PD-2021-45 - September 13, 2021

MCR Update on Growth Management - PD-2021-45 Staff Presentation 

Additional Information Memorandum - #PD-2021-45 AIM September 27, 2021

MCR - Proposed Forecast, Settlement Boundary Expansion Criteria, and Future Servicing Capacity - #PD-2021-59 - December 13, 2021

MCR Integrated Planning Approach to Growth Management PD-2021-59 Staff Presentation 

MCR Review Update on Mapping of Agricultural & Natural Heritage Systems and Draft Policy Direction on Climate Change & Watershed Planning #PD-2021-61 - December 13, 2021

MCR Agricultural System Mapping Refinements - #PD-2022-14 - April 4, 2022

New Tecumseth Approach to Managing Future Growth - Next Steps - #PD - 2022-15 - April 15, 2022

Council Working Session Presentation - April 19, 2022 

Settlement Boundary Evaluation Criterial with Climate Change Lens

Stay Informed and Get Involved

There are many ways that you can participate throughout the process and we want to hear from you!

Use one of the methods below to share your thoughts, feedback, and ideas.

Stay up to date with County’s MCR
Visit the County of Simcoe Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) webpage
Subscribe to the Town of New Tecumseth Development and Planning Webpage
Visit the Development and Planning webpage, then click on the green "Subscribe to this Page" link on the right side under the Contact us section, to receive updates on various planning matters including the progress of the Municipal Comprehensive Review.