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 came into effect on May 16, 2019.

Latest Update and Reports

The preferred Settlement Area boundary expansion (Option 1) presented in Staff Report 2019-184 was endorsed by Committee of the Whole – Community Development on April 9, 2019 and Council on April 30, 2019. 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 (MRC Part 3 Report), and Appendices

Council also approved a resolution directing City staff and the consultants “to continually seek out ways to take in more land” to the Settlement Area.  In accordance with that direction, and in consideration of recent changes in the new Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2019), City staff and the consultants will report back to Council in August 2019 on the implications of the new Growth Plan targets for intensification and density, and the potential impact on the preferred Settlement Area. This work will be conducted before the refinement of the preliminary land use and transportation plan contained in the MCR Part 3 Report is completed.

 Previous Reports
In 2018, the City 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.

Public Consultation Meetings

All are welcome to attend public consultation meetings about the Official Plan Review. The next Public Information Centre (PIC) that was to take place in June will be rescheduled to a later date following the August 6 update to Council: 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Committee of the Whole - Community Development
Council Chambers at City Hall

If you would like information about previous Public Information Centres that are not included in the reports above, please contact the Planning Department. 


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