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FIVE YEAR OFFICIAL PLAN REVIEW

 

Every five years, municipalities are required by Ontario’s Planning Act to conduct an Official Plan Review to ensure it:

  • Conforms with provincial plans or does not conflict with them
  • Has regard to the matters of provincial interest
  • Is consistent with the provincial policy statement
  • Conforms with the County of Middlesex Official Plan  

This Review is a municipal-wide initiative and affects all lands within the jurisdiction of the Municipality of Thames Centre.

What is an Official Plan?

It is a statement of goals, objectives, and policies to guide and manage land use, development, and growth in the Municipality of Thames Centre for the next 25 years from 2021-2046. It applies to all lands within the jurisdiction of the Municipality being an important tool to ensure growth is appropriately managed by protecting and managing resources including agricultural land and natural areas as well as guiding development and redevelopment opportunities in conjunction with municipal infrastructure. It also forms the basis for zoning and other land use controls.

The Municipality’s current Official Plan is available to download and review - Official Plan.  

Take part in this process!

There will be several opportunities for members of the public to share their thoughts and views on the current Official Plan through this Review. Below you will find information on how you can get involved now and what opportunities you will have to get involved in the coming months!

Special Meeting of Council

You are invited to attend this virtual Special Meeting of Thames Centre Council to discuss possible revisions to the Official Plan. Members of the public are invited to and encouraged to provide written comments or speak at the meeting. This will be the first meeting of the Official Plan Review process.  

Virtual Special Meeting - Monday, October 4, 2021 at 1pm

How do I attend?

(Visit our YouTube channel during the special meeting to view a live stream of the proceedings. The video will also be available on this channel at the conclusion of the meeting.)

How do I participate?

You can email your comments to the Municipality’s Clerk at tmichiels@thamescentre.on.ca ahead of the meeting.

You can also join a Zoom meeting via phone or video following the instructions below:

  • Please visit the Municipality’s website at https://www.thamescentre.on.ca/registration to register as a participant.
  • Please complete the registration process before 12 Noon on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.
  • You are kindly asked to register as soon as possible to provide an orderly registration process and meeting.
  • Please refrain from using the “Q & A” function within Zoom since it will not be monitored.

 

Project Timeline

Phase 1: Project Initiation – Special Meeting of Council

Phase 2: Background Research

Phase 3: Draft Official Plan

Phase 4: Public Engagement

Phase 5: Finalize and Adopt Official Plan by Thames Centre Council

Phase 6: Approval by Middlesex County Council

 

Resource Documents:

Municipality of Thames Centre Official Plan
https://www.thamescentre.on.ca/sites/default/files/2020-10/TC%20OP-Consolidation%20October%202020.pdf

Water and Wastewater Master Plan Update (Municipality of Thames Centre)
https://www.thamescentre.on.ca/articles/water-and-wastewater-master-plan-update

County of Middlesex Official Plan
https://www.middlesex.ca/sites/default/files/documents/misc/County%20of%20Middlesex%20Official%20Plan.pdf

Middlesex County Cycling Strategy

https://www.middlesex.ca/sites/default/files/documents/Middlesex%20County%20Cycling%20Strategy%20Draft%20Report%2007.30.2018_compress.pdf

Middlesex Natural Heritage Systems Study (County of Middlesex)
https://www.middlesex.ca/sites/default/files/documents/misc/MNHSS%20Final%20Draft%206OCT14%20for%20County%20Council%20Approval.pdf

Planning Act (Province of Ontario)
https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90p13

Provincial Policy Statement, 2020 (Province of Ontario)
https://files.ontario.ca/mmah-provincial-policy-statement-2020-accessible-final-en-2020-02-14.pdf

Guidelines on Permitted Uses in Ontario’s Prime Agricultural Areas (Province of Ontario)
http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/landuse/facts/permitteduseguide.pdf

Citizens’ Guide to Land Use Planning (Province of Ontario)
https://www.ontario.ca/document/citizens-guide-land-use-planning/official-plans

 

For More Information:

This webpage is intended to supplement the statutory notice and information requirements under the Planning Act. Should you have any questions regarding the Official Plan Review process or wish to offer comments, please contact:

Marc Bancroft, MPL, MCIP, RPP
Director of Planning and Development Services
519.268.7334 x 223
mbancroft@thamescentre.on.ca