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 city started work on an Official Plan Review in 2011. The Official Plan Review process included policy research, analysis, studies, staff reports and community feedback on a number of topics.
With the approval of the Strategic Plan in April 2016, Council made the decision to protect Burlington's rural boundary and grow in its urban areas over the next 25 years. The review the city's current Official Plan demonstrated that significant changes to the document were required to help reflect and guide the city's new priorities. As a result, the city is now preparing a new Official Plan.
The work completed to date through the Official Plan Review process will be used to create the policies of the new Official Plan.
A draft of the new Official Plan will be presented to Burlington City Council in March 2017. The community will have an opportunity to share its feedback on the draft Plan in the first half of 2017.