An Official Plan is a statutory document required by the province that describes a city's land-use strategy over the next 20 years. It addresses the location and form of new housing, industry, offices and shops as well as anticipated needs for infrastructure. Streets, parks, transit, schools, community amenities, and everything else needed for a growing city are all considered in the Official Plan. Read Burlington's current Official Plan.
The Planning Act requires every city to update its Official Plan at least once every five years. Burlington's last Official Plan review began in 2002, and the revised document was approved by Halton Region in 2008.
As the city continues to change and grow, we must regularly revisit the Official Plan to ensure we are realizing the city's collective vision and responding to our community's needs.
The Official Plan Review addresses the challenges and opportunities of planning and building our future city. The current Official Plan review began in 2012 and is currently under way.
Burlington is changing. Our city is growing and our population is shifting, which means we need to take a fresh look at how we use our land.
In the past, the city largely accommodated growth by expanding development outward. Over time, we've expanded our urban space, replacing green fields with new schools, homes and more places to live, work and play. The city is now reaching a state of "build out," meaning the undeveloped land at the edges of the city will no longer be available for new development and growth. Instead, we must "grow in place" within our urban limits.
To grow in a sustainable way, we must make strategic decisions about how and where we grow today, and in the future. The Official Plan review will ensure efforts are coordinated to meet the city's long-term vision and support our community's needs.
We are currently in Phase Three of the Official Plan Review project.