York Region Official Plan 2010 - News
Regional Official Plan Amendment 1 - East Gwillimbury Urban Expansion Area approved through December 2012 OMB Order
On December 13, 2012, the OMB released an order approving Regional Official Plan Amendment 1 - Urban Expansion within the Town of East Gwillimbury. Click here to view the OMB Order. On March 5, 2013 the OMB issued an Order bringing ROPA 1 and 2 into force. Click here to view the OMB Order.
Notice released for approval of expansion to Regional Official Plan Amendment No. 1, Urban Expansion (October 2, 2012)
Click here to read the Notice.
York Region Official Plan Partially Approved by the Ontario Municipal Board (July 11, 2012)
On July 11, 2012, the OMB gave partial approval to the York Region Official Plan 2010 through an oral decision.
Click here to download the OMB Decision and Exhibits related to this partial approval. An annotated version of the Region's Official Plan (denoting the status of policies) has also been created. This package includes both the 2010 and 1994 Official Plans. Please click here to view the digital files of this package.
Regional Official Plan Amendment 2 - Vaughan Urban Expansion Area approved May 2012
On May 22, 2012 the sole appellant to ROPA 2 withdrew their appeal and ROPA 2 was approved. Click here to view the decision of the OMB and the approved ROPA 2.
Regional Official Plan Amendments 1, 2 and 3 adopted by Regional Council on September 23, 2010 and appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board
On September 23, 2010, Regional Council adopted Regional Amendments 1, 2 and 3 which provide for expansions to the urban area in the white belt in the Town of East Gwillimbury, City of Vaughan and the Town of Markham respectively.
These amendments have been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. Information regarding the ongoing OMB hearing is available at this location http://www.york.ca/Public+Notices/default+public+notices.htm
A copy of the Regional staff report dated September 2, 2010 recommending adoption of the ROPAs can be accessed here.
Attachments to the Regional Staff report including copies of the adopted Amendments (Attachments 1, 2 and 3 to the Regional staff report) and copies of submissions made on the Amendments (Attachments 4, 5 and 6) can be accessed here.
The Region of York is the approval Authority in regard to these Amendments. Copies of the Notices of Adoption, which were sent to all those that requested Notice, can be accessed here.
Notice of Adoption ROPA 1
Notice of Adoption ROPA 2
Notice of Adoption ROPA 3
"York Region Official Plan - December 2009" approved by the Province on September 7, 2010; and appealed to the OMB
On September 7, 2010, The Regional Municipality of York received the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing approval of the York Region Official Plan - December 2009, subject to a number of modifications.
This Official Plan has been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. Information regarding the ongoing OMB hearing is available at this location. http://www.york.ca/Public+Notices/default+public+notices.htm
Regional Planning and Economic Development Committee at its meeting September 8, 2010 endorsed the Regional Staff Report dealing with the Minister's decision. A copy of the staff report can be accessed here. The Minister's Decision (below) forms Attachment 1 to this Report. The Annotated Approved York Region Official Plan, text, forms Attachment 2 to this Report.
The text of the Minister's Decision can be accessed here
The Annotated Version of the Approved York Region Official Plan, showing the Minister's modifications (additions in blue, deletions in red strikeout) along with the Approved Maps and Figures can be accessed through the following links:
Annotated Approved York Region Official Plan - December 2009 TEXT (pdf 1 M)
Map 1 Regional Structure (as Approved) (pdf 1.2 M)
Map 2 Regional Greenlands System (as Approved) (pdf 1 M)
Map 3 Environmentally Significant Areas and Life Science Areas of Natural and Scientific Interest (as Approved) (pdf 1.3M)
Map 4 Key Hydrologic Features (as Approved) (pdf 1.1 M)
Map 5 Woodlands (as Approved) (pdf 1.6 M)
Map 6 Wellhead Protection Areas (as Approved) (pdf 1.3 M)
Map 7 Oak Ridges Moraine Aquifer Vulnerability Areas and Watershed Boundaries (as Approved) (pdf 2.5 M)
Map 8 Agriculture and Rural Areas (as Approved) (pdf 2 M)
Map 9 Mineral Aggregate Resource Areas (as Approved) (pdf 2.2 M)
Map 10 Regional Cycling Network (as Approved) (pdf 1.3 M)
Map 11 Transit Network (as Approved) (pdf 1 M)
Map 12 Street Network (as Approved) (pdf 1 M)
Figure 1 - Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan Landform Conservation Areas (as Approved) (pdf 1 M)
Figure 2 - York Region Strategic Employment Lands (as Approved) (pdf 1.3 M)
Modifications made to the Adopted Official Plan were endorsed by Regional Council in May 2010 and in June 2010.
A copy of the May 2010 report entitled York Region Official Plan - December 2009 - Additional Submission Summary and Requested Regional Modifications can be accessed here.
A copy of the June 2010 report entitled York Region Official Plan - December 2009, Regional Analysis of Draft Provincial Modifications and Further Submissions - June 2010 can be accessed here. The Province of Ontario provided a draft decision on the York Region Official Plan containing draft modifications to the Region in May 2010. Regional Council considered these draft modifications in June 2010 as part of the report entitled York Region Official Plan – December 2009, Regional Analysis of Draft Provincial Modifications and Further Submissions – June 2010, and can be accessed here.
York Region Official Plan adopted by Council on December 16, 2009
On December 16, 2009, Council of the Regional Municipality of York adopted the York Region Official Plan - December 2009. The Adopted Official Plan can be accessed below. Also provided for the public's information is the Notice of Adoption required by Section 17(23) of the Planning Act.
The Adopted Official Plan differs from the Official Plan endorsed by Planning and Economic Development Committee on December 2, 2009 by a change to Map 1 that deleted the asterisks conceptually identifying "Potential Urban Expansion" locations in the Town of Markham.
Clause 1 of Report 9 of the Planning and Economic Development Committee with Dec 16, 2009 Council Extract, Council Minute 192 and Submissions placed before Council Dec 16 2009 (pdf 7 M)
Regional Official Plan Adopting Bylaw 2009-58
The Adopted York Region Official Plan forms Schedule "A" to bylaw 2009-58.
York Region Official Plan - December 2009 as adopted TEXT (pdf 3M)
Map 1 Regional Structure (pdf 800 kb)
Map 2 Regional Greenlands System (pdf 1.5M)
Map 3 Environmentally Significant Areas and Life Science Areas of Natural and Scientific Interest (pdf 1.3M)
Map 4 Key Hydrologic Features (pdf 2.7M)
Map 5 Woodlands (pdf 1.3M)
Map 6 Wellhead Protection Areas (pdf 779 kb)
Map 7 Oak Ridges Moraine Aquifer Vulnerability Areas and Watershed Boundaries (pdf 2.2M)
Map 8 Agriculture and Rural Areas (pdf 2.0M)
Map 9 Mineral Aggregate Resource Areas (pdf 1.4M)
Map 10 Regional Cycling Network (pdf 680 kb)
Map 11 Transit Network (pdf 700 kb)
Map 12 Street Network (pdf 596 kb)
Figure 1 - Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan Landform Conservation Areas (pdf 850 kb)
Figure 2 - York Region Strategic Employment Lands (pdf 1.2M)
All submissions received between November 24th and December 21st, 2009 as forwarded to MMAH (please note some of these were presented to Council as part of the memorandum to Council from the Commissioner of Planning, the balance where compiled to assist MMAH in its consideration of the York Official Plan. These books do not form part of the official council record.)
Book 1 (.pdf 20 M)
Book 2 (.pdf 20 M)
Book 3 (.pdf 8 M)
York Region Official Plan brought to December 2, 2009 Planning and Economic Development Committee
The revised York Region Official Plan - December 2009 was submitted to Planning and Economic Development Committee for endorsement on December 2, 2009. The Plan was accompanied by a staff report and several additional attachments.
For further information please call:
The Regional Municipality of York,
Planning and Development Services Department
17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 6Z1
Tel: (905) 895-1231,
Toll Free: 1-877-464-9675,
Fax: (905) 895-3482
please ask for extension 1508 or 1526
Regional Official Plan update - prior to June 2009
In early 2009, Regional staff and Committee considered the benefits of proceeding with an updated Regional Official Plan. The Work Plan report was endorsed by Committee and Council in February 2009 and can be found here.
Since the Regional Official Plan was adopted and approved in the mid 1990's there have been many new Provincial planning initiatives (Greenbelt, Source Water Protection and Places to Grow, Metrolinx and Draft Lake Simcoe Protection Plan) that have fundamentally changed the way planning occurs in the south-central Ontario.
As well a number of important Regional initiatives have advanced including the Sustainability Strategy, the Master Plans for Transportation and Transit and Water and Waste Water, the Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan, Natural Heritage Strategic Directions and Best Practices for New Communities, as well as Regional Centres and Corridors. Other initiatives at the local municipal level, including the adoption of Energy Star minimum standards and the impact of LEED development and official plan updates currently in an advanced state by a number of municipalities can be better integrated into the overall Regional Official Plan context if a new plan is undertaken.
In the opinion of staff, production of a comprehensive update of the Regional Official Plan will allow a more comprehensive approach to inclusion of these initiatives in the Plan than a series of amendments.
Region's Growth Management Initiative
Between 2006 and 2009 the Region is conducting Growth Management initiative entitled Planning for Tomorrow. This initiative will culminate in an update to the Regional Official Plan anticipated for early 2009.
There are a number of reasons why this growth management initiative is underway. Several significant Provincial initiatives have changed the way that growth will occur in the Greater Toronto Area over the next 25 years. These initiatives are described in the Planning Context of this site and can be accessed through the Planning Context button above.
2009 Public Consultation
2008 Public Consultation
2007 Public Engagement and Consultation
2006 Public Engagement and Consultation
Towards a Sustainable Region Initiative
Over the next 25 years, York Region will experience continued rapid population and employment growth. The Ontario Government forecasts that by 2031, the Region will:
Add 570,000 people, to bring our population to 1.5 million people
Add 345,000 jobs, to bring our employment to 780,000
To adequately plan for these increases, York Region faces a number of issues, including:
Protecting our natural heritage and maintaining our high quality of life.
Accommodating significant population and employment growth.
Addressing traffic congestion and ensuring that there is appropriate infrastructure investment to support growth rates.
Ensuring that human services keep pace with growth.
Maintaining a vibrant economy and attracting employment.
There are five main components to this Growth Management work:
- Sustainability Strategy to provide a new approach to decision-making
The Final Sustainability Strategy can be accessed through the Sustainability Strategy button above.
- Population and Employment Forecasts show more people and jobs are coming to York Region
The Province of Ontario growth forecasts are currently being refined by the Region and the local municipalities. Information on the provincial forecasts can be accessed by clicking here. Staff reports relating to these forecasts can be accessed thorough the Reports and Presentations button above.
- Infrastructure Master Plan Updates to address our current and future infrastructure needs.
Information on the Master Plan updates currently underway can be accessed through the Infrastructure Planning button above.
- Consulting with Our Stakeholders is important to the success of the growth management initiative.
The Region consulted in 2006 and 2007 and will consult and receive feedback again in the fall of 2008. Summaries of the Public Engagement and Consultation Phases held in 2006 and 2007 can be accessed through the Public Engagement and Consultation button above.
- Revising and updating the Regional Official Plan is the last step in the Growth Management initiative.
Once a preferred scenario is chosen in 2008, amendments to incorporate the changes will be prepared and will follow the Planning Act process for approval.
For further information, please call 905-830-4444 x1526 or x1508