The Regional Municipality Of York


Municipal Comprehensive Review

Have your say on your community

York Region is expected to grow to approximately 1.8 million people and 900,000 jobs by 2041. In order to plan for and accommodate this growth, York Region is reviewing and updating its Official Plan. York Region is seeking input from the public through a process called the Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR). Our goal is to help ensure we are building communities that are healthy and complete, where residents of all abilities and ages can live work and play.

Using Public Consultation to Plan York Region’s Future

We took the information we gathered through a variety of public consultations and events across York Region to date to identify key themes from our public.

What we heard:

  • Residents want compact, walkable communities that offer employment opportunities, community facilities, local services, stores and places for social connection
  • Affordable housing is one of the most important components of building complete communities, however, many of us are facing housing market challenges
  • Residents want our communities to reduce emissions and are aware of the impacts of climate change in York Region
  • Residents want to protect our forests, parks, trails, agricultural lands and green spaces
  • Transit is the top Regional service that residents will rely on most in the future and York Region should continue to invest in public transit infrastructure

Want to Get Involved?

Community consultation provides an opportunity for residents to provide feedback about the kind of place they want York Region to be. Residents are invited to participate in shaping the Region’s planned community structure through current consultation activities and events

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Targeted Work Plan

The Municipal Comprehensive Review helps the Region plan for growth and ensures that the infrastructure to support that growth is in place, now and for the future.  Different methods are used to collect public input on various topics from housing to transportation and that feedback is shared with Council through a reporting structure. To find out the schedule of the reports, a Municipal Comprehensive Review Targeted Work Plan has been developed. Public consultation will align with the targeted report dates.

There are several ways residents and business owners can provide feedback. If you would like to get involved, or receive communications for these upcoming reports and consultation events related to the Municipal Comprehensive Review please contact

Tell us the Kind of Place You Want York Region To Be

Why is York Region consulting with the public?

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.

We want the public to directly participate in shaping the Region’s planned community structure. We will be consulting with the public over the next three years.

How the Built Environment Affects Your Health

Did you know that the way communities are planned and built have an impact on the physical, mental and social health of its residents.  To learn more, check out the My Community, My Health videos produced by Ottawa Public Health, City of Ottawa. Have your say and get involved in planning for your community through contacting your local and regional government. Stay informed on the Municipal Comprehensive Review by emailing

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Creating Strong, Caring and Safe Communities

Comprehensive consultation is being carried out with York Region continuing to work 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 outlined the contents of the consultation plan in detail.

  • The Consultation Plan consists of five phases which align 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

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The five phases of the Community Consultation Plan are:

Phase one lays the foundation for the launch of the public consultation. It focuses on messaging how the MCR process ties into the Regional Official Plan update and review of Vision. Phase one explores such questions as: What is an MCR; what is an Official Plan; what is your vision for York Region, and why should you be involved in York Region’s Official Plan update.

Phase two focuses on the technical background.  Beginning in the second quarter of 2018, there are a number of MCR background studies currently underway. The list of studies 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 on 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.

Phase four includes a statutory public open house and will start in the first quarter of 2020. A Draft Regional Official Plan update and Vision report will be released for comment during Phase 4.

Phase five will conclude the public consultation process.  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 Vision documents endorsed by Council.

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Intensification directs residential growth to existing built-up areas

Intensification rates reflect the amount of new residential growth which is to be directed to existing built-up areas. Directing a significant amount of new residential growth to existing built up areas makes the best use of infrastructure, including transit, water and wastewater. It also minimizes outward growth into the Region’s agricultural areas. The Growth Plan 2017 requires that the Region’s existing intensification target of 40 per cent be increased to 50 per cent at the time of the Municipal Comprehensive Review and then increased to 60 per cent by 2031. Staff will be undertaking an analysis of lands best suited for intensification and will ultimately recommend to Council how our population should be distributed among our nine local municipalities in order to meet Growth Plan intensification targets.

Did you Know?

York Region is planned to grow by almost 600,000 residents by 2041, the majority of new residential units will be directed to existing built up areas.


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Density targets concentrates residential and employment growth to create transit supportive and complete communities

The Provincial Growth Plan sets density targets, expressed as the number of ‘residents and jobs per hectare’. They are applicable to development on land around major transit stations, and to areas known as ‘designated greenfield areas’ (DGA). DGA includes areas recently developed, or vacant lands with urban designations subject to future development where opportunities exist to strive for more transit supportive compact and complete communities (i.e. those areas outside of the existing built up area). The Growth Plan 2017 requires that the Region’s existing DGA wide density target of 50 residents and jobs per hectare be increased to 60 residents and jobs per hectare through this Official Plan update, and to plan for 80 residents and jobs per hectare for any urban expansion lands required to address growth beyond 2031, and to 2041. Around major transit station areas, the Region needs to plan to achieve targets ranging from 150 to 200 residents and jobs per hectare.

Did you Know?

York Region is focusing growth in its four centres of Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill and Vaughan

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Housing Strategy will identify a range and mix of housing options to address the needs of current and future residents

The Growth Plan requires municipalities to develop a Housing Strategy. This Strategy is intended to support the achievement of intensification and density targets and identify a range and mix of housing, including affordable housing options to address the needs of future residents. York Region has a number of housing related initiatives and documents that will be reviewed and updated to support the development of a Housing Strategy.

Did you Know?

52 per cent of renter households in York Region are spending 30 per cent or more on housing - the highest in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.


The following links provide additional information related to Regional housing initiatives including

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Agriculture and Natural Heritage Systems

Agriculture and Natural Heritage Systems will continue to be protected and enhanced

The Provincial Policy Statement, the Growth Plan, the Greenbelt Plan and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan all have policies related to the protection and enhancement of the agricultural and natural heritage systems. 

A province wide agricultural system has been introduced as part of the updates to key provincial plans to be implemented by York Region through updated policies and mapping.  To assist staff in updated the agricultural land based mapping in the York Region Official Plan, a consultant was retained to compare and assess differences between the proposed provincial mapping to the Region’s current mapping. Forty-one refinement study areas identify where provincial agricultural areas overlap with York Region’s rural areas. This information is contained within the following report and appendix, Region of York Agricultural Land Base Refinements and Appendix One.

Did you Know?

In 2016, the Agricultural industry generated over $300 million in economic activity.


The following links provide additional information related to Regional initiatives including

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Integrating Growth and Infrastructure

Integrating growth and infrastructure will ensure transportation and water and wastewater is available to accommodate future growth

Financially responsible planning for growth includes extensive coordination with infrastructure planning. The Region has Master Plans for Transportation and Water and Wastewater. Reviewing and updating these plans as we plan to accommodate additional Growth to 2041 is of paramount importance.

A financial impact study will be carried out to assess the cost of accommodating future growth in York Region.

Did you Know?

In 2018, York Region will complete 8.9 km of centre lane bus rapidways on Yonge Street in the Town of Richmond Hill and the Town of Newmarket, and 12.6km on Highway 7 west in the City of Vaughan.


The following links provide additional information related to Regional Master Plans and a Centres and Corridors update including

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Climate Change

Climate change policies will help municipalities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure communities are resilient

York Region recognizes the need to address climate change to ensure resilient communities. As prescribed by the Growth Plan, municipalities are required to develop policies and actions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change adaptation goals. Through the Municipal Comprehensive Review, York Region will be reviewing and updating this approach.

Did you Know?

It is estimated that by 2050 the intensity of extreme storms will increase by 28 to 31per cent.


The following links provide additional information related to Climate Change including

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Policy Updates within the Municipal Comprehensive Review will result in an update to the York Region Official Plan

All of the Municipal Comprehensive Review background documents will inform the development of new or updated Regional Official Plan policies. It is expected that updated policies will be drafted throughout 2019, leading to a release of a draft Official Plan update towards the beginning of 2020. The objective is to receive Council adoption in mid-2020.

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