Regional Official Plan
York Region is currently undertaking the Municipal Comprehensive Review process to review the Region’s population and employment forecasts, land budget and Regional Official Plan policies. York Region will be consulting with the public over the next three years. To find out more and be involved visit the Municipal Comprehensive Review page.
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 approximately 2.02 million people and 990,000 jobs by 2051.
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 @email
Update on the draft York Region Official Plan
The draft ROP was presented to York Regional Council at Committee of the Whole on November 11, 2021. The updated draft Regional Official Plan includes Provincial conformity, policy streamlining and updated maps. A public engagement campaign including a survey and virtual meetings to gather feedback on the draft ROP will be launched following Council’s consideration at the Regional Council meeting on November 25, 2021.
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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 @email
Printed copies of the York Region Official Plan – April 2019 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 2019. For ease of use, the following links provide access to the YROP-2010 by chapter or map. The maps and figures are available as PDFs and an interactive format.
Chapter 1 – Introduction PDF (414 KB)
Chapter 2 – A Sustainable Natural Environment PDF (997 KB)
Chapter 3 – Healthy Communities PDF (592 KB)
Chapter 4 – Economic Vitality PDF (489 KB)
Chapter 6 – Agricultural and Rural Areas PDF (2.1 MB)
Chapter 7 – Servicing Our Population PDF (891 KB)
Chapter 8- Implementation PDF (728 KB)
Definitions PDF (192 KB)
Maps and Figures:
2019 Office Consolidation Map 1: Regional Structure PDF (1.5 MB) Map 1: Regional Structure - Interactive
2019 Office Consolidation Map 2: Regional Greenlands System PDF (1.5 MB)
Map 2: Regional Greenlands System - Interactive
2019 Office Consolidation Map 3: Environmentally Significant Areas and Areas of Natural and Scientific Interest PDF (1.4 MB)
Map 3: Environmentally Significant Areas and Areas of Natural and Scientific Interest - Interactive
2019 Office Consolidation Map 4: Key Hydrologic Features PDF (1.4 MB) Map 4: Key Hydrologic Features - Interactive
2019 Office Consolidation Map 7: Oak Ridges Moraine Aquifer Vulnerability Areas and Watershed Boundaries PDF (1.4 MB)
Map 7: Oak Ridges Moraine Aquifer Vulnerability Areas and Watershed Boundaries - Interactive
2019 Office Consolidation Map 8: Agricultural and Rural Area PDF (1.3 MB) Map 8: Agricultural and Rural Area - Interactive
2019 Office Consolidation Map 9: Mineral Aggregate Resources PDF (1.2 MB) Map 9: Mineral Aggregate Resources - Interactive
2019 Office Consolidation Map 10: Regional Cycling Network PDF (1.5 MB) Map 10: Regional Cycling Network - Interactive
2019 Office Consolidation Map 14: Highly Vulnerable Aquifers PDF (11.4 MB) Map 14: Highly Vulnerable Aquifers - Interactive
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 2031
Regional Official Plan Amendment 2 designates urban expansion lands in the City of Vaughan as “urban” to support future growth to 2031
Regional Official Plan Amendment 3 designates urban expansion lands in the City of Markham as “urban” to support future growth to 2031
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
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), PL101238 (ROPA 3) – Agriculture, Rural, Greenbelt Plan and Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan Policies