Official Plan

The City’s Official Plan is a statement of goals, objectives and policies that guide Guelph’s growth and development in the years leading up to 2031. The Official Plan is developed based on input from the community and is updated every five years. The plan is focused on sustainability and establishes policies that have a positive effect on Guelph’s social, economic, cultural and natural environment. The Official Plan strives to maintain a high quality of life for the residents of Guelph, reduce uncertainty concerning future development, and provides a basis for the Zoning Bylaw and other land use controls.

The Official Plan has been prepared and enacted in accordance with the provisions of the Planning Act. The Official Plan was adopted by City Council on November 1, 1994, approved by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on December 20, 1995. The Official Plan was comprehensively updated in 2001 and again more recently in three phases:

  • Phase 1: Official Plan Amendment 39 Growth Plan Conformity (approved by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, November 2009)
  • Phase 2: Official Plan Amendment 42 Natural Heritage Strategy (approved by the Ontario Municipal Board, June 2014); and
  • Phase 3: Official Plan Amendment 48 Final Phase of the Five-year Review (approved by the Ontario Municipal Board, October 2017 with the exception of one site specific appeal, one policy appeal and a few policies that are still under appeal on a site specific basis).

The Plan includes detailed provisions that provide a framework for implementing the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and ensures consistency with the Provincial Policy Statement and other applicable Provincial legislation.

The City is working to update and consolidate the Official Plan document based on the recent OMB decision regarding Official Plan Amendment 48. An updated document will be made available in late 2017.

The online version of the Official Plan found below is a consolidation of the Official Plan policies in effect as of September 2014. It is provided for information purposes only. For legal purposes, reference should be made to the original certified documents which are on file with the City Clerk and subsequent Official Plan Amendments. Reference should also be made to all Ontario Municipal Board decisions.

It is important to note that the September 2014 consolidation only includes those amendments that were approved by Council and were in force as of September 1, 2014. Therefore, the 2014 Consolidation does not include the final version of the following city-initiated amendments:

The 2014 consolidation includes:

Planning Services should be consulted regarding inquiries and interpretation of the Official Plan.

City of Guelph Official Plan – September 2014 Consolidation

Active Official Plan Files

Phase 1

Official Plan Amendment Number 39 brought the City’s Official Plan into conformity with the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Official Plan Amendment 39 is approved and is in full force and effect.

Official Plan Amendment 39 – Growth Plan conformity

Phase 2

Official Plan Amendment Number 42 introduced policies for the Natural Heritage System which establishes a sustainable greenspace network throughout the City.

Official Plan Amendment 42 is approved and is in full force and effect.

Natural Heritage System

Phase 3

Official Plan Amendment Number 48 is the final phase of the Official Plan Update. This phase ensures that the remaining sections of the Official Plan are in conformity with provincial legislation and plans and is consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement. Official Plan Amendment 48 is now in effect with the exception of one site-specific appeal, one policy appeal and a few policies that are still under appeal on a site-specific basis.

Official Plan Amendment 48 – Official Plan Update

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