Official Plan Review

The Official Plan Review has concluded. A new Official Plan (2019) has been adopted.

The purpose of the Official Plan Review (OPR) is to equip the Town of New Tecumseth with an updated policy framework that builds on recent initiatives and enables the Town to continue thriving as it grows and changes over the next 20 years.

Regular updating of the Official Plan ensures that the vision for the Town stays responsive to current issues and conditions. The purpose of this OPR process is to conduct a comprehensive review and update to the vision, objectives and policies of the Town Official Plan and to identify the need for and an appropriate manner to address any settlement area expansion requirements.

There have been a number of changes to County of Simcoe and Provincial planning policies since the approval of the current Official Plan. The new Official Plan policies resulting from this project must conform to the Simcoe County Official Plan and Provincial planning documents and be consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement while addressing local municipal and community objectives.

This OPR exercise will find a balance between ensuring that new growth and development is planned to contribute to and build upon the existing communities, while also supporting and protecting the thriving agricultural and rural areas.

Our review process

The review process consists of five project phases.

Phase 1: Consultation/Visioning

We created a Community Liaison Committee (CLC) for our review process, which includes business owners, Council members and residents of our community. They advise on decisions during the review.

 CLC meeting summaries
 CLC members

Members of the CLC are as follows:

  • Paul Whiteside, former Councillor Ward 3
  • Richard Norcross, current Deputy Mayor
  • Daniela Fuliere, Tottenham Beeton & District Chamber of Commerce
  • Mia Smilsky, Alliston District Chamber of Commerce
  • Mike Jerry, Alliston Business Improvement Association
  • Susan Iacoucci, Beeton Tottenham Business Improvement Association
  • Doug Carr, Resident
  • Leah Emms, Resident
  • Maria Jawaid, Resident
  • Ross Reynolds, Resident
Community Visioning Workshop and Visioning Report
We hosted a Visioning Workshop at the New Tecumseth Recreation Centre, where we asked participants to share their thoughts and opinions on what makes our community unique, explore how the town will grow to 2031, and help develop our Official Plan.
Visioning Report
View the summarized results of the session in our Visioning Report. We presented the Report to Council on August 28, 2017.

Phase 2: Background Studies and Discussion Papers

Community Planning Forums

We hosted two Community Planning Forums with our consultants, The Planning Partnership, on October 11, 2017. They presented on the work that we've completed so far, which was followed by focused table discussions on five themes that became focus of separate discussion papers, including:

  • growth management
  • economic development
  • the downtowns
  • agriculture
  • rural lands
  • natural heritage
  • living areas
  • general policies

View a summary of our Community Planning Forums, which includes discussions between the Community Liaison Committee.

Discussion Papers
View the Discussion Paper Report, which includes the five Discussion Papers. The report details the key issues that we identified with the community and discussions about how we can address them. These discussion points lead into Phase 3: Directions and Recommendations, which will begin our Official Plan Amendment.

Phase 3: Directions and Recommendations

View our Directions and Recommendations report, which will form the basis for our Official Plan Amendment. The report builds on the Discussion Papers and sets the direction for key policy categories. We provided the report to Council on February 12, 2018 with a presentation by The Planning Partnership.

Phase 4: Draft Official Plan

The Planning Partnership are now preparing the first draft of the updated Official Plan. We will present the updated draft at a Statutory Public Open House.

Special Meeting of Council
Town Council hosted a meeting to discuss potential revisions to the Official Plan on Monday April 23, 2018, where we sought public input regarding the Plan.
Statutory Public Open House
We held a Statutory Public Open House to consider the amended draft Official Plan completed as part of our Review as per Sections 17 and Section 26 of the Planning Act. This took place on April 26th, 2018, at the Beeton Memorial Arena, 22 Second Street, Beeton.
Public Meeting
We hosted a Public Meeting to consider the draft Official Plan completed through the Town's Official Plan Review as per Sections 17 and Section 26 of the Planning Act. This took place on June 13, 2018 in the Council Chambers.

Phase 5: Final Official Plan

Council for the Town of New Tecumseth adopted the new Official Plan on July 9, 2018. We provided the Official Plan to the County of Simcoe for approval. The Official Plan applies to all lands within the Town of New Tecumseth. View a copy of the Notice of Adoption.

Update

***The County of Simcoe is proposing modifications to the Town’s adopted Official Plan, which will be considered by Town Council on May 27, 2019. View the modified Official Plan at the top of this page. Included are both a clean copy and a version that compares the adopted and modified Official Plans highlighting the changes. A high level summary of the proposed modifications is provided in staff report #PD-2019-24, which can be found in the reports section of this webpage.***