Official Plan Update

Pedestrians on Hurontario Street. Photo by Doug Burlock.

Think about Collingwood in 20 years…

Where will you live, work, and play?

What will your neighbourhood look like?

How will you get around?

What’s your community vision?

These questions and more will be explored in the Town of Collingwood’s Official Plan Update.

Get involved! More information coming soon. Visit this page for updates.

What is an Official Plan?
The Official Plan is the overall policy for how land is used in Collingwood and will be the vision for our community over the next 20 years. The plan is the guide for the Town’s growth and directs where, when, and

Think about Collingwood in 20 years…

Where will you live, work, and play?

What will your neighbourhood look like?

How will you get around?

What’s your community vision?

These questions and more will be explored in the Town of Collingwood’s Official Plan Update.

Get involved! More information coming soon. Visit this page for updates.

What is an Official Plan?
The Official Plan is the overall policy for how land is used in Collingwood and will be the vision for our community over the next 20 years. The plan is the guide for the Town’s growth and directs where, when, and how growth should occur.

Why update the Official Plan?
The Planning Act requires the Town to update our Official Plan every five years to make sure that it is in line with Provincial and County plans, such as:

A Place to Grow: the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Provincial Policy Statement

County of Simcoe Official Plan

In Ontario, the planning system is based on a ranking of plans. These plans change often and each time that a change is made, new content is added that gives new direction or changes the planning system. The Town has to make sure that our Official Plan is updated to match Provincial Plans and the County Official Plan.

The plan also needs to be updated to:

Integrate the content of other Town plans that have recently been approved or are soon to be approved with the Official Plan.

Update the Official Plan to provide Council with the tools they need to manage future growth.

How can I get involved?
There will be many chances for public input during the Official Plan update process and we want to hear your ideas! Please watch this page and Town social media for updates on how you can be involved.

The "Consultation at a Glance" document (see the Document Library) provides a phase-by-phase consultation outline.

  • Community Workshop on Wednesday, March 4 - What do you think Collingwood should look like in 20 years?

    10 days ago
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    You are invited to attend the first Community Workshop on the Town of Collingwood's Official Plan Update.

    Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    Collingwood Public Library, Rooms B & C

    55 Ste. Marie Street, Collingwood

    Three Workshop sessions are planned. Please register for the session that best suits your schedule:

    • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    • 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    • 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    The workshop will begin with a brief presentation, followed by table group discussions on various topics.

    Register at: eventbrite.com/e/collingwood-official-plan-update-workshop-1-tickets-93308962619

    What do you think Collingwood should look like in 20 years?
    Please join us...

    You are invited to attend the first Community Workshop on the Town of Collingwood's Official Plan Update.

    Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    Collingwood Public Library, Rooms B & C

    55 Ste. Marie Street, Collingwood

    Three Workshop sessions are planned. Please register for the session that best suits your schedule:

    • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    • 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    • 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    The workshop will begin with a brief presentation, followed by table group discussions on various topics.

    Register at: eventbrite.com/e/collingwood-official-plan-update-workshop-1-tickets-93308962619

    What do you think Collingwood should look like in 20 years?
    Please join us to discuss your thoughts, including:

    • Where and how should the Town grow (areas for housing, jobs, natural areas, and places to shop, gather, and play)?
    • What does a healthy community look like?
    • How should we travel around the Town?
    • What should our existing and new neighbourhoods look like?
    • Where will jobs locate and what should our commercial areas look like?
    • How are buildings set out and designed?
    • How will new development address climate change?
    • How should we protect the natural environment?

    Help the Town understand what matters to you - the key issues and opportunities for change in Collingwood.
    The Town of Collingwood is updating its Official Plan. The Official Plan is the overall policy framework for how land is used in Collingwood and sets out the vision for our community over the next 20 years. The Plan is the guide for managing where, when and how the Town should grow. The Official Plan Update is being completed over the course of the next 14 months and will include many opportunities to be involved throughout.

    For more information please check the project web page engage.collingwood.ca/official-plan
    Or contact: officialplanupdate@collingwood.ca 705-445-1290

  • The Town of Collingwood has begun its Official Plan Update

    about 1 month ago
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    In a special Council Workshop held on Tuesday, January 7, Councillors were asked for their thoughts and ideas as the Official Plan Update project gets underway. Staff and project consultants, recently retained by the Town, walked members of Council through the work program. The project will unfold through 2020 including several phases:

    • Developing our community land use and development vision,
    • issues identification, and
    • directions for planning policy

    before a draft plan Official Plan is completed and a final plan is submitted for Council approval.

    During an interactive discussion session members of Council shared their ideas and expectations about the Official...

    In a special Council Workshop held on Tuesday, January 7, Councillors were asked for their thoughts and ideas as the Official Plan Update project gets underway. Staff and project consultants, recently retained by the Town, walked members of Council through the work program. The project will unfold through 2020 including several phases:

    • Developing our community land use and development vision,
    • issues identification, and
    • directions for planning policy

    before a draft plan Official Plan is completed and a final plan is submitted for Council approval.

    During an interactive discussion session members of Council shared their ideas and expectations about the Official Plan. “Collingwood has experienced rapid change in recent years and an updated Official Plan will help ensure that we are equipped with a land use vision and plan to guide us as we move forward,” said Mayor Saunderson who added, “I was impressed with the comments provided around the table and I’m looking forward to hearing what people in the community think.”

    Council approved a terms of reference for the project last year and has since retained The Planning Partnership, a consulting firm with extensive experience in municipal planning, to help lead the project. The work program sets out many opportunities for public involvement.

    The Official Plan guides land use planning in the community and addresses a wide range of issues such as where and how growth occurs, what neighbourhoods and buildings look like, where and how we work, shop and play and how we get around Town.

    A number of factors are driving the need to update the plan:

    • The Town has unique characteristics and needs to update its land use plan and vision for the future to help guide development.
    • The Town has approved many new plans in a wide range of areas and related content from those plans needs to be contained in the Official Plan to help shape how the community grows;
    • There were many changes to the Province of Ontario land use planning framework over the last year including to the Planning Act and a number of related pieces of legislation, the Provincial Policy Statement and the Growth Plan 2019. In Ontario, municipalities are required to conform to the land use planning framework set by the Province.

    For more information and to monitor project activities please visit the project webpage at: https://engage.collingwood.ca/official-plan