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Regional Official Plan

Halton's Regional Official Plan guides land use decisions, setting out goals and objectives that make sure new development meets the needs of residents.

What is an Official Plan?

An Official Plan is a policy document that guides land use decisions by a municipal government. It sets out a series of goals and objectives that make sure new development meets the needs of residents.

A Regional Official Plan includes a vision to protect land uses and make sure there is a consistent approach to land use decisions across the Region.

The provincial government approves Regional Official Plans.

Official Plans must conform to current provincial policy:

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What is in Halton’s Regional Official Plan?

The Regional Official Plan (ROP) has policies that guide how Halton grows and develops. It includes goals and objectives for new development that reflect the vision of residents and regional council. The ROP addresses region-wide issues and provides a consistent vision for land use in Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville.

The ROP set out the Regional Structure consisting of:

  • systems
  • land use designations
  • constraints to development

The ROP focuses on four key policy areas:

  • Planning Vision
  • Healthy Communities
  • Land Stewardship
  • Implementation

What’s in a Local Official Plan?

A local official plan sets out a vision, goals and objectives and includes policy to guide land use decisions in cities and towns. Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville have official plans to address local land use issues. Halton Region approves their official plans to ensure they conform to the Regional Official Plan.

What is the Official Plan Review Process?

The Regional Official Plan, by law, must be updated every ten years to:

  • reflect changes in our communities and the vision for the Region
  • ensure the Official Plan conforms to current provincial policy

The current Regional Official Plan Review process started in 2015 to make sure the Regional can adopt the updated plan in 2020.

The Regional Official Plan Review will focus on the following areas:

The Regional Official Plan Review – Phase 1 Directions Report, 2016