Official Plan Review

A new City of Brantford Official Plan is being prepared through the Official Plan Review process. It will ensure the Plan’s policies continue to address the changing needs of the community, recognize the new municipal boundary, and conform to updated Provincial policy. In 2016, the City released a Draft Official Plan (Version 1, July 2016). The process was then put on hold until the Province approved the transfer of 2,719 gross hectares of land from Brant County to the City effective January 1, 2017. These lands are called the Municipal Boundary Adjustment Lands. The Official Plan and review process must conform to Provincial policy including the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, which was most recently updated on July 1, 2017. 

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. 

Staff Report 2019-184 - Official Plan Review - Preferred Settlement Area Boundary Expansion will be considered by Council's Committee of the Whole - Community Development on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. The Committee meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall. 

Past Public Consultation Events 

The most recent Public Information Centre took place on January 17, 2019 at the Brantford and District Civic Centre. The purpose of Public Information Centre No.5 was to present two Settlement Area boundary expansion options and land use concepts for the North Boundary Adjustment Lands and Tutela Heights.

The following information was provided to attendees:

View the What We Heard: Public Information Centre No.  5 report online for more details about the meeting.

If you would like information regarding previous Public Information Centres, please contact the Planning Department.

Latest Reports

Staff Report 2019-184 presents a preferred Settlement Area boundary expansion for Council’s endorsement.  It is based on the evaluation of land use concepts in 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

 Previous Reports
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.

Municipal Comprehensive Review - Part 1: Employment Strategy, Intensification Strategy, Housing Strategy and Land Needs - Draft December 2018 supports the alternative intensification and density targets the City has requested from the Province and identifies the amount of additional land area required to accommodate Community and Employment growth to the year 2041. Municipal Comprehensive Review - Part 2: Settlement Area Boundary Expansion - Draft December 2018 evaluates options for Settlement Area boundary expansion to accommodate the land needs identified in the Part 1 report. It proposes Settlement Area Boundary Expansion Options 1 and 2 for further study.

Proposed Growth Plan Amendment

On January 15, 2019, the Province issued a proposed amendment to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The City’s comments regarding the proposed amendment and implications are addressed in Staff Report CD2019-85 - City of Brantford Comments on the Proposed Amendment to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, and Staff Report CD2019-88 - Implications of the Proposed Growth Plan Amendment on the City of Brantford Official Plan Review.


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