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 2051. 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, in 2009-12 and again through OPA 80 which was approved by the Minister on April 11, 2023:

The online version of the Official Plan is a consolidation of the Official Plan policies in effect as of February 2024. 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 Land Tribunal (former Ontario Municipal Board or Local Planning Appeal Tribunal) decisions.

The February 2024 consolidation includes all amendments up to OPA 78 as approved and in effect. This consolidation includes OPA 80 as approved by the Minister through Bill 150, Planning Statute Law Amendment Act, 2023 and in effect as of April 11, 2023 and OPA 81 through 87, OPA 89, 91 and 92.

Alternate formats are available upon request in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.


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Active Official Plan Files

Active Development Files (Includes Zoning By-law Amendments, Official Plan Amendments and Subdivision files

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