Official Plan Update

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Phase 5: Draft Official Plan

  • Work is underway on writing the draft New Official Plan. More information coming soon.
  • Comments and requests for notice can be submitted to officialplanupdate@collingwood.ca

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

Phase 5: Draft Official Plan

  • Work is underway on writing the draft New Official Plan. More information coming soon.
  • Comments and requests for notice can be submitted to officialplanupdate@collingwood.ca

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.

  • 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.

  • Did you know?

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    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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    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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    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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    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