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 2022. 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.

It is important to note that the February 2022 consolidation includes all amendments up to OPA 64, as consolidated through the Ontario Municipal Board approval of OPA 48; includes OPA 65 through OPA 70; OPA 71 as approved by the Ontario Land Tribunal; and OPA 72 through OPA 77 as approved by Guelph City Council. This version is not current and must be read in conjunction with OPA 80 as approved by the Minister. An updated consolidation will be posted here once available.

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


Planning Services, City of Guelph
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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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