Official Plan Review

The City is currently in the process of an Official Plan Review to update the existing document for the future, and to recognize the new municipal boundary. The review also provides an opportunity to ensure that the Plan’s policies continue to address the changing needs of the community.

Municipal Comprehensive Review

A Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) is a new Official Plan or an Official Plan amendment initiated by the City, which comprehensively applies the policies of the Growth Plan for the Great Golden Horseshoe. Certain matters are only to be considered through an MCR and they must be assessed an determined before the City can adopt a new Official Plan. Drafts of the Municipal Comprehensive Review Part 1: Employment Strategy, Intensification Strategy, Housing Strategy and Land Needs  and Municipal Comprehensive Review Part 2: Settlement Area Boundary are available to review.

Public Consultation Meetings

All are welcome to attend public consultation meetings about the Official Plan Review. Watch this page for updates about when the next meeting will take place. 

Timeline

2013-2016
The Official Plan Review process began in 2013. In 2016, the City released a Draft Official Plan (Version 1, July 2016). The process was put on hold while the municipal boundary between the City and the County of Brant was adjusted to add lands to the City of Brantford for future growth. A Restructuring Order approved by the Province transferred 2,719 gross hectares of land from the County to the City on January 1, 2017. These lands are called the Municipal Boundary Expansion Lands. 
September 11, 2017
A Public Information Centre took place on September 11, 2017 where staff provided the public with an update on the project and the process. View the Public Information Centre Presentation Overview online for more details about the meeting. 
November 16, 2017
The second Public Information Centre took place on Thursday, November 16, 2017. Approximately 80 people attended. Staff provided information about the Official Plan Review, Master Servicing Plan and the Transportation Master Plan. Input and feedback was received from the public on the growth options under consideration through the Municipal Comprehensive Review, and issues and ideas relating to the City’s servicing and transportation systems.  View the What We Heard: Public Information Centre No. 2 report online for more details about the meeting. 
May 17, 2018
The third Public Information Centre took place on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Approximately 80 people attended. Staff presented the following information:
  • The results of the draft Land Needs Assessment
  • The potential location of the future of urban lands in the Boundary Expansion Lands
  • Proposed alternative targets for intensification in the City’s Build-up Area;
  • Proposed alternative density target in the City’s Designated Greenfield Area; and,
  • Updates on the Master Servicing Plan and Transportation Master Plan.
View the What We Heard: Public Information Centre No. 3 report online for more details about the meeting. 
June 21, 2018
The fourth Public Information Centre took place on Thursday, June 21, 2018. Approximately 50 people attended. The meeting included a visioning workshop and draft planning principles for the future growth areas within the City’s Boundary Expansion Lands were presented and reviewed. View the What We Heard: Public Information Centre No. 4 report online for more details about the meeting. 
January 17, 2019

The fifth Official Plan Review Public Information Centre took place on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at the Brantford and District Civic Centre. The Province of Ontario has introduced a proposed Amendment to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the City of Brantford Official Plan and the Review process must comply with the Growth Plan. View the What We Heard: Public Information Centre No. 5 report online for more details about the meeting.

The following information was provided to attendees:

 

Updates

To stay updated on this process, please subscribe to email updates by using the link at the bottom of the page or contact the Planning Department.