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With a population of 1.2 million residents, The Regional Municipality of York is one of Canada’s largest municipalities and the second largest business centre in Ontario. Ranked as Ontario’s fastest growing large municipality, managing growth over the coming decades is important. York Region is forecast to reach 1,790,000 residents and 900,000 jobs by 2041.

The York Region Official Plan 2010 (YROP 2010) describes how York Region plans to accommodate future growth and development while meeting the needs of existing residents and businesses in the Region. It provides directions and policies that guide economic, environmental and community planning decisions.

The YROP 2010 replaces the previous official plan approved in 1994. If you require access to or information regarding the 1994 Official Plan, or any amendments to it, please contact Planning and Economic Development Branch staff at futureyork@york.ca

York Region's Official Plan sets out direction and policies that guide economic, environmental and community planning decisions.


View and download the Official Plan and supporting documents

York Region Official Plan 2010

York Region Council adopted the current York Region Official Plan 2010 (YROP-2010) in 2009; the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing approved the Plan in 2010. The policies of the official plan guide new planning and development in York Region. The YROP-2010 was subject to a number of appeals. Details on the outstanding appeals can be found within the Related Information section of the YROP-2010. If you require more information about matters under appeal, or require a copy of the 1994 Official Plan please contact Planning and Economic Development Branch staff at futureyork@york.ca


Printed copies of the York Region Official Plan – April 2016 and a CD containing these digital files are available from York Region for a fee.

Please Note Note that the following Official Plan Office Consolidation includes decisions and amendments to April 2016. For ease of use, the following links provide access to the YROP-2010 by chapter or map. The maps and figures are available in three formats: PDF, open data and interactive.

Chapters:

Chapter 1 – Introduction (460 KB)

Chapter 2 – A Sustainable Natural Environment (1.1 MB)

Chapter 3 – Healthy Communities (785 KB)

Chapter 4 – Economic Vitality (516 KB)

Chapter 5 – An Urbanizing Region: Building Cities and Complete Communities (1.2 MB)

Chapter 6 – Agricultural and Rural Areas (445 KB)

Chapter 7 – Servicing Our Population (1.3 MB)

Chapter 8- Implementation (837 KB)

Definitions (200 KB)

Related Information – Ontario Municipal Board Hearing (PL101128) (565 KB)

Maps and Figures:

Map 1: Regional Structure (962k)   Map 1: Open Data  Map 1: Interactive

Map 2: Regional Greenlands System (1.4 MB)   Map 2: Open Data   Map 2: Interactive

Map 3: Environmentally Significant Areas and Areas of Natural and Scientific Interest (1.0 MB)   
Map 3: Open Data   Map 3: Interactive

Map 4: Key Hydrologic Features (1.1 MB)  Map 4: Open Data   Map 4: Interactive

Map 5: Woodlands (1.2 MB)   Map 5: Open Data   Map 5: Interactive

Map 6: Wellhead Protection Areas and Intake Protection Zones  (1.0 MB)   
Map 6: Open Data   Map 6: Interacvtive

Map 7: Oak Ridges Moraine Aquifer Vulnerability Areas and Watershed Boundaries (1.8 MB)   
Map 7: Open Data   Map 7: Interactive

Map 8: Agricultural and Rural Area (974 KB)   Map 8: Open Data   Map 8: Interactive

Map 9: Mineral Aggregate Resources (840 KB)   Map 9: Open Data   Map 9: Interactive

Map 10: Regional Cycling Network (1.7 MB)   Map 10: Open Data   Map 10: Interactive

Map 11: Transit Network (1.6 MB)   Map 11: Open Data   Map 11: Interactive

Map 12: Street Network (982 KB)   Map 12: Open Data   Map 12: Interactive

Map 13: Significant Groundwater Recharge Areas (1 MB)   Map 13: Open Data   Map 13: Interactive

Map 14: Highly Vulnerable Aquifers (1 MB)   Map 14: Open Data   Map 14: Interactive

Figure 1: Oak Ridges Moraine Landform Conservation Areas (909 KB)
Figure 1: Open Data   Figure 1: Interactive

Figure 2: York Region Strategic Employment Lands (974 KB)   Figure 2: Open Data   Figure 2: Interactive

Figure 3: Greenlands Systems Within York Region (1.1 MB)   Figure 3: Open Data   Figure 3: Interactive

Modified YROP 2010 (April, 2016) - Chapters 1 to 8 (Text Only) (10 MB)

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York Region Official Plan Review

Your community, your say.

York Region is Reviewing the Official Plan to Better Inform Long-Range Planning

York Region is currently undertaking a review of the York Region Official Plan as a component of a broader Municipal Comprehensive Review. An updated Regional Official Plan, following this review, will guide the Region’s population and employment growth in accordance with the Provincial Policy Statement (2014) and updated Provincial Plans: Growth plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Greenbelt Plan and Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (2017).

In October 2017 Council endorsed a work plan and schedule for completing the Municipal Comprehensive Review.

Creating Strong, Caring and Safe Communities

Comprehensive consultation is being carried out with York Region continuing working towards achieving the goal of sustainable communities. The Regional Official Plan update includes growth management work known as the Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR). Consultation will also assess the Vision for York Region’s future. A report to Council in January 2018 outlines the contents of the consultation plan in detail.

  • York Region wants to hear from you. We will be consulting with the public over the next three years
  • Consultation Plan consists of five phases which aligns with the key deliverables associated with the Municipal Comprehensive Review and Regional Official Plan update
  • York Region is well positioned to address conformity with Provincial Plan policies as the foundation of an urban structure was introduced in the original 1994 York Region Official Plan

Five phase consultation plan for public engagement

York Region's Municipal Comprehensive Review Timeline showing the five phases

In 2014, York Region embarked on the Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) process to carry out a review of the Region’s population and employment forecasts, land budget and a review of the Regional Official Plan to update its policies.  A consultation and public engagement plan was developed to solicit public and stakeholder input. Consultation followed however in 2016 the draft Provincial plans (Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Greenbelt Plan and Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan) were released and work on the MCR was halted. Feedback from the consultation gathered over the two year period will be considered as part of the re-start of the MCR, but given the extensive changes to the Provincial Plans, further consultation is required.

Five Phases of Communication

Currently York Region is within phase one of the Consultation Plan as it lays the foundation for the launch of the public consultation. Staff will be answering the following questions: 
  • What is an MCR?
  • What is a Regional Official Plan?
  • Why should you be involved in York Region’s Official Plan Update?
  • What is your vision for York Region?

Phase one focuses on messaging how the MCR process ties into the Regional Official Plan update and review of Vision.

Technical background work forms Phase two. Starting in the second quarter of 2018 where there are a number of MCR background studies being initiated. The list includes but is not limited to Growth forecasts and Visualizing Density, Employment Strategy, Major Transit Station Area Analysis, Housing Strategy and Climate Change Action Plan.

Phase three “sets the direction” for policy development based upon input and feedback received on the MCR background studies. Significant work will be carried out in order to start phase three in the first quarter of 2019. Public and Council input will be summarized to ensure accuracy.

Statutory meeting requirements start Phase four in the fourth quarter of 2019. A Draft Regional Official Plan update and Vision report will be released for comment.

The consultation concludes with Phase five. In the second quarter of 2020 when all input has been considered it will form part of the updated Regional Official Plan and Vision. The final outcome is an adopted Regional Official Plan and endorsed Vision by Council.

Community Consultation Coming Your Way Soon

Staff is leveraging award winning best practices to help guide some of the community consultation in addition to meeting the statutory meeting requirements outlined in Ontario’s Planning Act. We are exploring alternative engagement approaches for the public to tell staff about the kind of place they want York Region to be.  We want the public to directly participate in shaping the Region’s planned community structure.

Stay tuned, we will be seeking your input soon.

If you would like to be involved in, or receive communications on, the York Region Official Plan review, please contact Planning and Economic Development Branch staff at futureyork@york.ca.

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2010 Regional Official Plan Amendments

After a Regional official plan is approved, there is a formal process that allows any person or public body to request that Council amend the official plan. For more information on this process or to apply for an Amendment, please view the Request a Regional Official Plan Amendment page.

Once an amendment to the plan is approved, it is part of the official plan. These amendments are incorporated into the next Office Consolidation/York Region Official Plan package for informational purposes. The following is a summary of the Amendments made to the York Region Official Plan 2010:

Regional Official Plan Amendment 1 designates select lands as “urban” in the Town of East Gwillimbury to support future growth to 2041

Regional Official Plan Amendment 2 designates urban expansion lands in the City of Vaughan as “urban” to support future growth to 2041

Regional Official Plan Amendment 3 designates urban expansion lands in the City of Markham as “urban” to support future growth to 2041

Regional Official Plan Amendment 4 introduces additional policy to support development of the Langstaff Gateway Secondary Plan

Regional Official Plan Amendment 5 updates Source Water Protection policies and mapping

Regional Official Plan Amendment 6 updates Archeological Management Plan policies

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Active Appeals to the Regional Official Plan and Associated Ontario Municipal Board Decisions

The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is an independent tribunal that conducts hearings and makes decisions on matters that have been appealed under specific provincial legislation such as the Planning Act. If an Official Plan or Amendment is appealed, it will go before the OMB. The York Region Official Plan 2010 and Regional Official Plan Amendments 1, 2 and 3 were subject to appeals to the OMB though the following case numbers:

  • OMB File No. PL101128 (York Region Official Plan 2010)  
  • OMB File No. PL101233 (ROPA 1 - Urban Expansion in the Town of East Gwillimbury)
  • OMB File No. PL101237 (ROPA 2 - Urban Expansion in the City of Vaughan)
  • OMB File No. PL101238 (ROPA 3 - Urban Expansion in the City of Markham)

Ontario Municipal Board Decisions

Ontario Municipal Board Order (Issued November 5, 2015) Re: OMB Case Nos. PL101128 (Region of York Official Plan), PL101233 (ROPA 1), PL101238 (ROPA 3) - Partial Approval Phase 1 Policies

Ontario Municipal Board Order (Issued November 5, 2015) Re: OMB Case Nos. PL101128 (Region of York Official Plan), PL101238 (ROPA 3) – Partial Approval Phase 3 Policies and Designations

Ontario Municipal Board Order (Issued November 5, 2015) Re: OMB Case Nos. PL101128 (Region of York Official Plan), PL101238 (ROPA 3) – Agriculture, Rural, Greenbelt Plan and Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan Policies

Ontario Municipal Board Decision and Order (Issued May 29, 2015) Re: OMB Case Nos. PL101128 (Region of York Official Plan), PL101238 (ROPA 3)

Ontario Municipal Board Decision and Order (Issued April 1, 2014) Re: OMB Case Nos. PL101128 (Region of York Official Plan), PL101233 (ROPA 1), PL101238 (ROPA 3)

Ontario Municipal Board Decision and Order (Issued February 4, 2014) Re: OMB Case Nos. PL101128 (Region of York Official Plan), PL101238 (ROPA 3)

Ontario Municipal Board Order (Issued March 18, 2013) Re: OMB Case Nos. PL101128 (Region of York Official Plan), PL101233 (ROPA 1), PL101238 (ROPA 3) - Procedural Order

Ontario Municipal Board Order (Issued March 5, 2013) Re: Bringing into force ROPA 1 & ROPA 2; OMB Case Nos. PL101233 (ROPA 1), PL101237 (ROPA 2)

Ontario Municipal Board Order (Issued February 7, 2013) Re: Decision on CMHC Motion for Party Status

Ontario Municipal Board Order (Issued January 17, 2013) Re: OMB Case Nos. PL101128 (Region of York Official Plan), PL101233 (ROPA 1), PL101238 (ROPA 3)

Ontario Municipal Board Order (Issued December 19, 2012) Re: OMB Case Nos. PL101128 (Region of York Official Plan), PL101233 (ROPA 1), PL101238 (ROPA 3)

Ontario Municipal Board Order (Issued December 17, 2012, Effective December 17, 2012) Re: OMB Case Nos. PL101128 (Region of York Official Plan), PL101233 (ROPA 1), PL101238 (ROPA 3)

Ontario Municipal Board Order (Issued December 17, 2012, Effective September 21, 2012) Re: OMB Case Nos. PL101128 (Region of York Official Plan), PL101233 (ROPA 1), PL101238 (ROPA 3)

Ontario Municipal Board Order (Issued December 13, 2012, Effective December 13, 2012) Re: OMB Case Nos. PL101128 (Region of York Official Plan), PL101233 (ROPA 1), PL101238 (ROPA 3)

Ontario Municipal Board Order (Issued December 13, 2012) Re: OMB Case Nos. PL101128 (Region of York Official Plan), PL101233 (ROPA 1), PL101238 (ROPA 3)

Ontario Municipal Board Order (Issued December 12, 2012) Re: OMB Case Nos. PL101128 (Region of York Official Plan), PL101233 (ROPA 1), PL101238 (ROPA 3) - Procedural Order

Ontario Municipal Board Order (Issued October 25, 2012) Re: OMB Case Nos. PL101128 (Region of York Official Plan), PL101233 (ROPA 1), PL101238 (ROPA 3)

Ontario Municipal Board Order (Issued September 19, 2012) Re: OMB Case Nos. PL101128 (Region of York Official Plan), PL101233 (ROPA 1), PL101238 (ROPA 3)

Ontario Municipal Board Order (Issued September 4, 2012) Re: OMB Case Nos. PL101128 (Region of York Official Plan), PL101233 (ROPA 1), PL101238 (ROPA 3)

Ontario Municipal Board Order (Issued August 23, 2012) Re: OMB Case Nos. PL101128 (Region of York Official Plan), PL101233 (ROPA 1), PL101238 (ROPA 3)

Ontario Municipal Board Decision (Issued August 15, 2012) Re: OMB Case Nos. PL101128 (Region of York Official Plan), PL101233 (ROPA 1), PL101237 (ROPA 2), PL101238 (ROPA 3)

Ontario Municipal Board Decision (Issued June 22, 2012) Re: OMB Case Nos. PL101128 (Region of York Official Plan), PL101233 (ROPA 1), PL101237 (ROPA 2), PL101238 (ROPA 3)

OMB Notice dated June 6, 2012 advising of the Withdrawal of the Appeal of ROPA 2 (PL101237) by Sustainable Vaughan

Ontario Municipal Board Decision (Issued May 17, 2012) Re: OMB Case Nos. PL101128 (Region of York Official Plan), PL101233 (ROPA 1), PL101237 (ROPA 2), PL101238 (ROPA 3)

Ontario Municipal Board Decision (Issued November 17, 2011) Re: Decision on Motions to Determine Appeal Status and Standing of Parties

Ontario Municipal Board Decision (Issued September 9 2011) Re: July 19th and 20th 2011 Pre-Hearing Conference

Ontario Municipal Board Decision (Issued July 15, 2011) Re: June 30, 2011 Pre-Hearing Conference

Ontario Municipal Board Decision (Issued July 15, 2011) Re: May 30, 2011 Pre-Hearing Conference

Ontario Municipal Board Decision (Issued May 13, 2011) Re: May 2, 2011 Pre-Hearing Conference

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