Official Plan Review 

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The Official Plan Review is now underway.  It will establish a new, updated City of Brantford Official Plan, and includes a master planning process to add the Boundary Expansion Lands into the City of Brantford Official Plan. An Official Plan includes policies and maps to guide land use planning and development as the City grows and intensifies.

The Official Plan Review is one of three studies that the City of Brantford is undertaking to guide the City’s future development to the year 2041. The other two studies include the Master Servicing Plan Update and the Transportation Master Plan Update.

Public Information Centre No. 5 (Jan. 17, 2019)

Official Plan Review Reports

Alternative Intensification and Designated Greenfield Area Density Targets

The City has requested permission from the Province to use alternative intensification and Designated Greenfield Area density targets for planning purposes in the City of Brantford, as per Council's approval of Staff Report CD2018-123- Official Plan Review - Revised Alternative Designated Greenfield Area Density Target and Staff Report CD2018-071: Official Plan Review - Status Update and Request for Alternative Intensification and Density Targets.

Public Information Centre No. 4

To provide guidance to the future plan preparation, draft planning principles were discussed at the Visioning Workshop held on June 21, 2018. In addition, a Precedent Image and Mapping Activity was undertaken to visualize the principles. Click to view the presentation and a record of the meeting input.

Public Information Centre No. 3

At this meeting, held on May 17, 2018, proposed alternative targets for intensification in the City's Built-up Area and for density in the City's Designated Greenfield Area were presented, along with results of the draft land needs assessment, which has determined the amount of land to be added to the City's urban settlement area, and the preferred location of those future urban lands in the Boundary Expansion Lands. Updates on the progress of the Master Servicing Plan Update and Transportation Master Plan Update studies were also provided. Please click to view the What We Heard meeting summary which includes the presentation, display boards and a record of comments.

Public Information Centre No. 2

Following the presentation at Public Information Centre No. 2, held on November 16, 2017, there were five topic-specific discussion tables relating to the Draft Official Plan; Housing, intensification and growth options; Employment; Servicing; and Transportation. Please click to view a record of the input received through these discussions including a copy of the presentation. Thank you to all who participated!

  • 2013

    The City of Brantford has been involved in an Official Plan Review process since 2013. Between 2013 and 2016, much work was accomplished, including the hosting of visioning sessions, the preparation of technical background papers, and the creation of a new Draft Official Plan.

  • 2016

    Following the release of the Draft Official Plan (Version 1, July 2016), the process was put on hold while the municipal boundary between the City and Brant County was adjusted to add lands to the City of Brantford for future growth. A Restructuring Order approved by the Province in December 2016, transferred 2,719 gross hectares of land from the County to the City, effective January 1, 2017. These lands are referred to as the Boundary Expansion Lands.

    The process was also put on hold in 2016 due to pending changes to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, to which the Official Plan must conform.

  • 2017

    The City of Brantford has now resumed the Official Plan Review process to complete a new Plan that will provide policy direction to guide the growth of the City to the year 2041. The process will update and expand upon the Draft Official Plan (Version 1, July 2016), and be conducted in accordance with Provincial requirements, including the recently updated Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe which took effect on July 1, 2017.

    The Draft Official Plan will also be revised to incorporate the Boundary Expansion Lands. To do so, the City needs to determine how much of those lands are to be included within the City’s urban settlement area, and determine the land uses within them, as well as the transportation infrastructure, servicing infrastructure, environmental management and urban design guidelines necessary to implement the land uses.

    As such, the project includes the following components:

    • Municipal Comprehensive Review
    • Master Plan & Environmental Assessment for Boundary Expansion Lands
    • Master Servicing Plan
    • Transportation Master Plan
    • New Official Plan

Additional detail is provided in Staff Report CD2017-107: Consolidated Work Plan for the Official Plan Review and Boundary Expansion Lands.

Further information about the Draft Official Plan (Version 1, July 2016), the process that led to it, and the vision that it established, is also available on the City’s website.

Public input is very important to this project and we welcome you to share your thoughts with us. You can also request to be added to the project email distribution list to receive future project updates by contacting:

Alan Waterfield Join the Conversation
Senior Policy Planner
Tel: 519-759-4150 ext. 5163
Twitter: @CityofBrantford