Official Plan Update

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Phase 5: Draft Official Plan

Phase 5: Draft Official Plan

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.

  • New! Collingwood Official Plan Draft 1 released for public consultation

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    Staff Report P2022-23 Official Plan Update - Release of Draft One was approved at a Special Council meeting on July 11, 2022.

    Media Release: New Collingwood Official Plan Draft 1 released for public consultation

    The Town is now seeking feedback on the draft policies and mapping schedules.

    Comments may be sent to officialplanupdate@collingwood.ca and will be accepted until August 17, 2022.


  • New Official Plan - Draft 1 - presentation to Council on July 11, 2022

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    The first draft of the New Official Plan has been completed, and will be presented to Council on July 11, 2022, with a recommendation to begin consultation with the community. Pending Council authorization, please stay tuned for opportunities to provide feedback!

  • Minor Delay to Release of the First Draft of the Official Plan

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    Work has been underway on preparing the first draft of the new Official Plan for the Town of Collingwood. The goal of the project team was to release the draft in March 2022, with public consultation opportunities to follow. However, on Thursday, March 10, 2022, Town Council resolved to temporarily redirect consulting resources to the review of another transformative project for the Town – a Minister’s Zoning Order for the proposed Poplar Regional Health & Wellness Village. The decision has the effect of delaying the release of the draft Official Plan by approximately 3-4 weeks. Please stay tuned!

  • Land Owner Re-designation Requests

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    As a result of landowner requests for re-designation through the Official Plan update process, Planning Services is taking Staff Report #P2021-27 to Development and Operations on Sept 13, 2021, and then to Council on Sept. 27, 2021.

    The purpose of the staff report is to provide Council with recommendations and to provide direction to staff. The staff report is located here

    https://collingwood.civicweb.net/document/82086/P2021-27%20OP%20Update%20Redesignation%20Requests.pdf?handle=2FE0FDF1FCC64F40BDFE626A25E82B36

    Here is a link to The Collingwood Civic Portal. Subscribe to receive email updates directly to your mail box!

    Do you still have concerns after reading the report and attending the portal meeting, we look forward to receiving your comments via our specific email address @ officialplanupdate@collingwood.ca

  • Phase 5 Underway

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    Work is underway on writing the draft New Official Plan. More information coming soon.

  • Youth & Families Workshops: January 27, 2021

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    Did you know that the Official Plan sets the vision for what your hometown will look like in 20 years? Think about what your home, street, or local park might look like.

    We want to hear the ideas of youth and families for the future of your town!

    Share your ideas with with us in two virtual workshops on January 27, 2021:

    • Families @1:00PM
    • Youth @4:00 PM

    Register here!

  • Phase 4 Workshops Summary

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    Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend any or all of the eight virtual public workshops held over two days on November 30th and December 1st.

    Approximately 250 people attended the sessions to talk about the topics that the Official Plan Update will cover and the potential directions to address community issues. Planning Services thanks everyone for their input and participation.

    If you were unable to attend the workshops, recordings are posted on the right side of this page under "Public Workshop Recordings." The presentation slides from the workshops as well as a summary memo of the comments received are posted on the right side of this page under "Engagement: Presentations & Reports."

    Comments can be submitted to officialplanupdate@collingwood.ca

  • Draft Options and Recommendations report released

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    The fourth phase of the Official Plan Update includes the release of the Draft Options and Recommendation Report, which is now posted for review.

    The draft report can be found under "Draft Options and Recommendations Report" at the right side of this page. The report is intended to provide high level policy direction for the drafting of the new Official Plan.

    Virtual public workshops are being held November 30th and December 1st to hear your thoughts on this report as well as the Discussion Papers, which were released in the summer. Additional workshop information and the registration link can be found in the newsfeed item below. The Discussion Papers are posted at the right side of this page.

  • Community Workshops on Monday, November 30 & Tuesday, December 1 - Share your thoughts on the Discussion Papers and Draft Options & Directions Report

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    You're invited to attend the second series of (virtual) community workshops on the Town of Collingwood's Official Plan Update.

    Monday, November 30, 2020 & Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

    Eight topic-based workshops are planned over the two days so that you can provide your feedback on the Discussion Papers and the Draft Options and Recommendations Report. Please register for the workshop(s) that interest you:

    November 30, 2020

    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Growth Management
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM - Sustainable Development
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM - Housing Options
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Community Design

    December 1, 2020

    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM - Greenlands (Natural Areas & Parks)
    • 11:00 AM -12:30 PM - The Downtown and Waterfront
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM - Transportation
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Municipal Infrastructure

    Register here!

    The Draft Options and Recommendation Report as well as the Discussion Papers are posted for review at the top right of this page.

    Can't attend? Worskshops will be recorded and posted afterwards.

  • Phase 4: Options and Directions

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    Discussion papers have been posted for review and comment since the end of July and we're now moving into the options and directions phase. Join us for virtual public engagement workshops in phase four. Details coming soon.

Page last updated: 03 Aug 2022, 02:20 PM