What is an Official Plan?

An Official Plan is a legal statutory planning document required by the province that describes the County’s land-use strategy. The County of Elgin’s Official Plan includes the vision, goals and policy directions of the County, as established by the community, and provides guidance for land use planning decisions in the County; including:

  • locations for settlement areas, agricultural lands, and natural heritage;
  • when and in what order parts of our communities will grow; and
  • protection for agricultural, mineral and environmental resources.

Why do we need to review?

The purpose of an Official Plan 5-Year Review update is to ensure that the community vision/values, directions, policies and actions in the Plan reflect changes and meet the needs of the community for the future, and to review for consistency with the Provincial Policy Statement.

As the project continues, this page will be updated to include copies of reports and draft policies, as well as information about upcoming community consultations and meetings.


We want to hear from you! Please provide us with feedback regarding what you would like to see  prioritized in the County of Elgin Official Plan Review. Please indicate if you would like to be added to a mailing list to receive updates about the Official Plan Review Process.  

Survey Closed.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the Official Plan Review Priorities Survey. Survey results will be available here in a few week's time.
Nancy Pasato, Manger of Planning

Nancy Pasato

Manager of Planning 

Project Timeline

Winter 2021 to Spring (April/May) 2021

After the initial kick off public meeting in February, and through meetings conducted at the lower tier municipalities, the engagement component will focus on engaging local residents and stakeholders to help inform the scope of the OP review. A follow up report on the scope of the OP review will be brought to County Council in the spring 2021.

Spring 2021 – September 2021

During this timeframe the County will retain a consultant to conduct the population projections, employment projections and land needs assessment.  Several specialized meetings may also occur during this time, including the Natural Heritage Study, and others that were identified through engagement.

October 2021-December 2021

This report to Council will provide the findings from the population projections and land needs assessments, and any proposed draft changes to the OP.  A statutory public meeting will be held at this time to solicit final comments from the public on the draft changes.

These draft changes will also be circulated to the local municipalities for their review and feedback.  

Winter 2022

It is anticipated that the final OP and associated amendments would be brought for consideration to Council in the winter of 2022.