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Regional Official Plan Amendments and Amendment Process

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A Regional Official Plan Amendment, or ROPA, is a policy change process that incorporates any proposed changes into the Official Plan. Learn more about ROPA.

What is an Amendment to the Regional Official Plan?

A Regional Official Plan Amendment, or ROPA, is a policy change process that incorporates any proposed changes into the Regional Official Plan.

Reasons Why the Regional Official Plan is Amended

Official Plans of municipalities, including Halton Region, are reviewed and amended for the following reasons:

  • The Ontario Planning Act (external link) requires municipal Official Plans to undergo a comprehensive review every five years to ensure they conform with provincial policy.
  • Provincial policies can be introduced that require municipalities to review their Official Plans by certain deadlines.
  • An individual or business applicant applied for an amendment to the Official Plan.

Types of Reviews and Amendments to the Regional Official Plan

Regional Official Plan Reviews can be site-specific or region-wide. The term site-specific means that an individual or business can apply for amendment that only applies to a certain area of land. Region-wide reviews are initiated by the Region and apply to all of the Region’s land area and are a response to provincial requirements.

Sometimes a review results in a change, or amendment, to Official Plan policy. These types of land use policy changes are called Regional Official Plan Amendments, or ROPAs.

Review Process

Amendments to the Regional Plan are made by Regional Council, and may be initiated by the Region of Halton or by external parties (citizens, developers). Below, learn more about how amendments are considered and approved, depending on their initiators.

ROPA Review Process for Regionally-initiated Amendments

 

Preconsultation Stage

  • Conduct preliminary review of proposal
  • Develop proposed ROPA document
  • Circulate proposed ROPA document to internal and external public bodies for comment

Public Consultation Stage

  • Release proposed ROPA document for public consultation
  • Consult the public about proposed ROPA document
  • Collect and organize comments and revisions to proposed ROPA document
  • Hold mandatory Public Meeting and Open Houses
  • Analyze and formulate Planning Opinion

Approval Stage

  • Seek consideration and recommendation by Region's Planning and Public Works Committee (PPWC)
  • Seek Council consideration and decision
  • Issue Notice of Decision (Appeal Period)
  • Submit ROPA to possible Ontario Municipal Board Hearing of Appeals

ROPA Review Process for Applicant-initiated Amendments

 

Preconsultation Stage

  • Receive Application, and determine completeness
  • Issue Notice of Complete Application to applicant, public and public bodies
  • Circulate Application to internal and external public bodies for comment
  • Collect and organize comments, and prepare proposed ROPA document

Public Consultation Stage

  • Release proposed ROPA document for public consultation
  • Hold mandatory Public Meeting
  • Analyze and Formulate Planning Opinion

Approval Stage

  • Seek consideration and recommendation by Region's Planning and Public Works Committee (PPWC)
  • Seek Council consideration and decision
  • Issue Notice of Decision (Appeal Period)
  • Submit ROPA to possible Ontario Municipal Board Hearing of Appeals (applicant may appeal if no decision after 180 days from receipt.)
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