Official Plan Update

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Pedestrians on Hurontario Street. Photo by Doug Burlock.

Work on the Official Plan Update continues:

  • New COVID-19 content is being included in the project.
  • Read the second "What We Heard Report" with the results of the online survey.
  • Read eight topic-based discussion papers plus an additional COVID-19 paper.

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! Visit this page for updates.


What is an Official Plan?
The Official Plan is the

Work on the Official Plan Update continues:

  • New COVID-19 content is being included in the project.
  • Read the second "What We Heard Report" with the results of the online survey.
  • Read eight topic-based discussion papers plus an additional COVID-19 paper.

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! 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.

  • Did you know?

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    14 Aug 2020

    Town staff are providing an email blast to over 350 people with project updates. If you would like to receive email notification of project updates, please provide your name and email address along with the subject line "notice request" to: officialplanupdate@collingwood.ca.

  • Topic-based discussion papers released

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    30 Jul 2020
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    The third phase of the Official Plan Update includes the release of eight topic-based discussion papers, which are now available:

    1. Growth Management
    2. Sustainable Development
    3. Housing Options
    4. Community Design
    5. Greenlands (Natural Areas & Parks)
    6. The Downtown and Waterfront
    7. Transportation
    8. Municipal Infrastructure

    In addition, a discussion paper on what COVID-19 might mean for the community has been added. The papers can be found at the links above or under "Discussion Papers" at the right side of this page.

    The papers are meant to get people thinking about solutions for solving problems and charting a course for the community's future. The discussion papers set the stage for the fourth phase of the project, Options and Directions, targeted for October. The fourth phase will provide possible solutions to the issues identified in the discussion papers.

    Some things to consider when reading the papers, include:

    • Have the consultants accurately captured the issues of importance to the Town?
    • Given this information how do you see the Town best developing over the next 20 years?
    • What ideas/solutions come to mind in reading the information?

    To submit comments on the discussion papers, please email officialplanupdate@collingwood.ca by Friday September 18, 2020. Please use the subject line “Discussion Paper Comments” and format your comments as:

    • Topic (discussion paper title)
      • Comment
        Please note that your comments will be collected and may be used directly or summarized within main discussion themes in public documents. In providing comments, you consent to allow the Town to use the comments in this manner.

  • Survey results released

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    29 Jul 2020
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    The Official Plan Update survey results are now available for review. The survey was open from May 21st to July 2nd, 2020. In total, 528 people responded to the survey and the results can be viewed in the "What We Heard Report #2" posted under "Engagement: Presentations & Reports" at the right side of this page. The survey asked participants to provide feedback and rate key opportunities identified from the public workshops held in March. Thank you to everyone who took the time to take the survey!

    If you missed the survey, future engagement opportunities will be posted on this page. Comments can be submitted at anytime to officialplanupdate@collingwood.ca.

  • Survey now closed, but engagement continues

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    13 Jul 2020

    The Official Plan survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate and share their vision for Collingwood! Survey results will be available soon and shared on this page. If you missed the survey, there will be further engagement opportunities including comment on the soon to be released discussion papers. Please keep an eye on this page for updates on how you can be involved. Comments can be submitted at any time to officialplanupdate@collingwood.ca

  • Survey Deadline Extended

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    23 Jun 2020
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    The deadline to take the Official Plan Update survey has been extended one week until Thursday July 2nd. Please take a moment to share your priorities and ideas before the survey closes!

    Take the survey - click to begin




  • Survey now LIVE!

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    29 May 2020
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    We want to hear what you want included in the new Official Plan! Please take a quick survey.Take the survey - click to begin


  • May 29th Project Update

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    29 May 2020
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    Work on the Official Plan Update has continued since our community consultation workshop on March 4, 2020 and this update provides information on:

    • The project status
    • Release of the WHAT WE HEARDreport that summarizes results of public consultation to date.
    • Release of a SURVEY that seeks to confirm and prioritize the issues identified so far.
    • Next steps, including the release of DISCUSSION PAPERS for public comment which forms the 3rd phase of the project and targeted time frames for additional steps.

    COVID-19 related content has been included in the project to identify any related impacts on the Official Plan Update.

    The project is on track:

    We heard what you said at the March 4th community workshop and summarized it in the “WHAT WE HEARD” report which can be found here.

    Based on what we heard from you, we have also created a SURVEY to make sure we got it right and to provide a way for all those not able to attend in March, the chance to identify their key issues and opportunities as well. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey!

    DISCUSSION PAPERS, which form the 3rd phase of the project, are targeted for release for public comment in mid-July. These papers cover eight topics:

    • Municipal Infrastructure
    • Community Design
    • Downtown and Waterfront
    • Greenlands (Natural Areas & Parks)
    • Growth Management
    • Housing
    • Sustainable Development
    • Transportation

    If your organization/group would like to receive a presentation on the Official Plan Update, staff would be happy to set one up with you. Please let us know – we can meet virtually with your group. Contact:

    Justin Teakle, Community Planner via email at: officialplanupdate@collingwood.ca

    Thank you for your continued interest in the Official Plan Update.

  • What We Heard Report & Issues Summary

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    05 May 2020
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    The What We Heard Report, summarizing input received from Council and attendees of the March 4th Community Workshop sessions, is now posted for review under "Engagement Presentations and Reports" at the right of this page.

    A survey is coming soon to validate the comments summarized in the report. Staff have asked the consulting team to include a survey question regarding issues as a result of COVID-19. The survey will be followed by the release of the discussion papers in June.

  • March 4th Community Workshop Summary

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    12 Mar 2020

    Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend the March 4th Community Workshop and for providing your comments on the issues worksheets.

    Approximately 150 people attended the three sessions to talk about community issues and aspirations. Planning Services thanks everyone for their thoughts and participation.

    Results of what we heard in the workshop sessions are currently being compiled and will be released here shortly.

    If you missed the Community Workshop or have more you would like to share, a survey is being created to gather further feedback and will be posted on this page soon.

    The workshop presentation can be found in the Document Library located on the upper right-hand side of this page.

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

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    14 Feb 2020
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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 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