Official Plan Review

City of Brantford Draft Official Plan – Envisioning Our City 2051

The City of Brantford has released a new Draft Official Plan: Envisioning Our City 2051 through the on-going Official Plan Review process. The new Official Plan provides a vision for the future growth of the City and a policy framework to guide the city's physical development to 2051. It will replace the current Official Plan with updated land use policies and schedules (maps) to address the changing needs of the community and includes the expansion lands (formerly part of the County of Brant) added to the City’s municipal boundary in 2017. The Official Plan and review process must conform to Provincial policy including the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe as amended in August 2020.

Latest Update and Reports

The City of Brantford New Draft Official Plan: Envisioning Our City 2051 will be considered at the Public Meeting on Thursday, November 19, 2020:

The Draft Official Plan includes revisions made to the proposed Settlement Area to address recent amendments to the provincial Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (Growth Plan), as well as revisions made to address various comments the City received on the June 2020 Draft Official Plan. The City will continue to refine the draft Official Plan and supporting studies to address outstanding and additional comments as necessary.

In addition to the Draft Official Plan, the following supporting documents are also available for review:

Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) Addendum Report – The amended Growth Plan includes new population and employment forecasts for Brantford of 165,000 residents and 80,000 jobs to the year 2051. The MCR Addendum Report accounts for the revised growth forecasts by updating the City’s land needs assessment and recommends where the additional land needs are allocated in the revised Settlement Area.

Draft Comprehensive Block Plan Terms of Reference (Appendix B to the Draft Official Plan) – The Draft Official Plan requires completion of a Block Plan prior to the approval of development applications upon lands located within the proposed Block Plan areas, identified on Schedule 2 of the Draft Official Plan. The updated Draft Comprehensive Block Plan Terms of Reference has been prepared to outline expectations for Block Plan submissions and allow for efficient preparation and review. It sets out a process based on the minimum requirements to complete a Block Plan.

Draft Urban Design Manual – The updated Urban Design Manual provides a consolidated set of citywide urban design guidelines. It reflects the City’s commitment to good urban design and provides a consistent baseline for assessing development proposals on both public and private lands.

Draft Infrastructure Staging Report –This report outlines the required water, wastewater, stormwater and transportation infrastructure and community facilities necessary to support development within the Settlement Area expansion lands.  The Infrastructure Staging Report was completed prior to Amendment 1 to A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Envisioning Brantford – Municipal Comprehensive Review – Addendum Report, as such it will be revised as necessary.

A hard copy of each document listed above will also be available for public viewing at City Hall between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, by contacting the Planning Department at 519-759-4150, ext. 5873 to schedule a viewing appointment.

Recent and Upcoming Meetings

A virtual public Open House took place on Thursday, November 5, 2020:
City staff presented a brief overview of the new Official Plan and highlighted some changes made to the Draft Official Plan issued on June 30, 2020. A question and answer session followed the presentation.

A virtual Public Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2020, beginning at 3:30 pm:
At this meeting, a Special Committee of the Whole – Community Development (Members of Council) will hear public representations in respect of the proposed new Official Plan and a presentation from City staff. The Committee will consider a City staff recommendation to adopt the new Official Plan.

How to Participate in the virtual Open House and Public Meeting:
To ensure compliance with COVID-19 pandemic preventative measures that remain in place, these events will be held virtually with no in-person attendance. Members of the public are invited to participate in writing or via email, by telephone, or electronically via the Zoom platform. Please note that registration is required in order to participate by telephone or electronically via the Zoom platform. View the Notices above for more information about how to participate and register for each event, and how to watch a livestream of these events via the City website.

Previous Reports

The June 2020 Draft Official Plan, including Schedules 1 to 13 and Appendix A, was issued on June 30, 2020 for a public and agency review and commenting period which closed on August 28, 2020. The following companion documents were also made available:

The preferred Settlement Area boundary expansion (Option 1) reflected in the June 2020 Draft Official Plan and presented in Staff Report 2019-184 was endorsed by Council in April 2019. It is based on the evaluation of land use concepts within Settlement Area Boundary Expansion Options 1 and 2, contained in Municipal Comprehensive Review - Part 3: Preferred Settlement Area Boundary Expansion and Preliminary Land Use and Transportation Plan - Draft April 2019, and Appendices. Council reconfirmed the growth targets for intensification in the Built-up Area and density in the Designated Greenfield Area in July 2019 (Council Agenda and Staff Report 2019-408). Staff Report 2019-691 advised that the Province approved the City’s alternative intensification target request in November 2019.

The MCR Part 3 Report builds on the evaluation of Settlement Area boundary expansion options proposed in Municipal Comprehensive Review - Part 2: Settlement Area Boundary Expansion - Draft December 2018. The amount of land required to accommodate Brantford’s population and employment growth to the year 2041 was determined in Municipal Comprehensive Review - Part 1: Employment Strategy, Intensification Strategy, Housing Strategy and Land Needs - Draft December 2018, which also identified appropriate intensification and density targets.

For more information about the Official Plan Review and the virtual Open House and Public Meeting, please contact:

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