Official Plan Update

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New Official Plan adopted by Council December 11, 2023

  • Collingwood Council adopted a new Official Plan on December 11, 2023. The new 2023 Official Plan is a visionary document that paves the way for sustainable growth and development. The Notice of Adoption is available here.
  • Staff Report P2023-32 provides an overview of the final draft Official Plan, an Indigenous engagement record, all comments received on Draft 2 and a comment-response matrix, as well as a tracked-change version from the Draft 2 Official Plan.
  • Council made five modifications to the new Official Plan prior to its adoption. To view these

New Official Plan adopted by Council December 11, 2023

  • Collingwood Council adopted a new Official Plan on December 11, 2023. The new 2023 Official Plan is a visionary document that paves the way for sustainable growth and development. The Notice of Adoption is available here.
  • Staff Report P2023-32 provides an overview of the final draft Official Plan, an Indigenous engagement record, all comments received on Draft 2 and a comment-response matrix, as well as a tracked-change version from the Draft 2 Official Plan.
  • Council made five modifications to the new Official Plan prior to its adoption. To view these modifications, the consultation summary and next steps, please view the media release.
  • For further information and updates on the New Official Plan, please subscribe to Official Plan Updates here.
  • To be notified of a future County of Simcoe approval of the Town's Official Plan, please make a request to the County Clerk at clerks@simcoe.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.

If you have any questions, please submit an entry below.

If you would like to receive notice of meetings or decisions regarding the Official Plan Update, please subscribe to the mailing list.

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  • Share What opportunity will we have to file an official plan amendment if the new OP has not designated our property according to our intended future plan for development? Will there be a moratorium on OP amendment applications once the new OP has been ratified? on Facebook Share What opportunity will we have to file an official plan amendment if the new OP has not designated our property according to our intended future plan for development? Will there be a moratorium on OP amendment applications once the new OP has been ratified? on Twitter Share What opportunity will we have to file an official plan amendment if the new OP has not designated our property according to our intended future plan for development? Will there be a moratorium on OP amendment applications once the new OP has been ratified? on Linkedin Email What opportunity will we have to file an official plan amendment if the new OP has not designated our property according to our intended future plan for development? Will there be a moratorium on OP amendment applications once the new OP has been ratified? link

    What opportunity will we have to file an official plan amendment if the new OP has not designated our property according to our intended future plan for development? Will there be a moratorium on OP amendment applications once the new OP has been ratified?

    Samuel Herschorn asked 3 months ago

    Site-specific Official Plan Amendment applications may be submitted to amend the Town's new Official Plan after it has been approved by the County of Simcoe. Approval by the County is anticipated to take at least 6 months from Council adoption in December 2023. Please reach out to Town Planning staff to submit a preconsultation application and arrange a meeting to discuss your intentions for your property (Nathan Wukasch, Senior Planner, nwukasch@collingwood.ca). 

  • Share Why is the town planning to change Third/Ontario Street into a through street from Tenth Line to Pretty River Parkway? That does not seem appropriate or safe for an established residential area. Wouldn’t a by-pass around the town be more appropriate? Perhaps Poplar Sideroad might be a better choice. Would you consider leaving Third/Ontario Street as a safe residential street? on Facebook Share Why is the town planning to change Third/Ontario Street into a through street from Tenth Line to Pretty River Parkway? That does not seem appropriate or safe for an established residential area. Wouldn’t a by-pass around the town be more appropriate? Perhaps Poplar Sideroad might be a better choice. Would you consider leaving Third/Ontario Street as a safe residential street? on Twitter Share Why is the town planning to change Third/Ontario Street into a through street from Tenth Line to Pretty River Parkway? That does not seem appropriate or safe for an established residential area. Wouldn’t a by-pass around the town be more appropriate? Perhaps Poplar Sideroad might be a better choice. Would you consider leaving Third/Ontario Street as a safe residential street? on Linkedin Email Why is the town planning to change Third/Ontario Street into a through street from Tenth Line to Pretty River Parkway? That does not seem appropriate or safe for an established residential area. Wouldn’t a by-pass around the town be more appropriate? Perhaps Poplar Sideroad might be a better choice. Would you consider leaving Third/Ontario Street as a safe residential street? link

    Why is the town planning to change Third/Ontario Street into a through street from Tenth Line to Pretty River Parkway? That does not seem appropriate or safe for an established residential area. Wouldn’t a by-pass around the town be more appropriate? Perhaps Poplar Sideroad might be a better choice. Would you consider leaving Third/Ontario Street as a safe residential street?

    Joan Emmans asked almost 2 years ago

    The Town has heard the public concerns raised regarding Third Street. Please note that Third Street was identified as a collector road on the previous Official Plan, and is not proposed to change through this update. The work being undertaken currently on Third Street is for utility pole replacements, completed by EPCOR, which is scheduled this year and required to ensure reliable power distribution to local residents. Third Street road improvements will be completed by the Town in the future (5 to 10 years), and are anticipated to include underground infrastructure improvements, curbs, sidewalks, and bike lanes, but no additional laneways. The Town is committed to holding a public engagement session on the future plans of Third Street in the coming weeks. Updates on the date and time of this online session will be available soon and communicated to residents.

  • Share For such an important project the town is not giving people directly affected by the proposed changes the necessary amount of time required to review the plans and impact. on Facebook Share For such an important project the town is not giving people directly affected by the proposed changes the necessary amount of time required to review the plans and impact. on Twitter Share For such an important project the town is not giving people directly affected by the proposed changes the necessary amount of time required to review the plans and impact. on Linkedin Email For such an important project the town is not giving people directly affected by the proposed changes the necessary amount of time required to review the plans and impact. link

    For such an important project the town is not giving people directly affected by the proposed changes the necessary amount of time required to review the plans and impact.

    john harrison asked almost 2 years ago

    On August 2, 2022 the Town hosted two virtual Community Feedback and Information sessions to introduce the new draft 1 Official Plan to residents and gather initial feedback. The presentation and recordings of those sessions can be viewed on the Official Plan project page. Please submit written feedback to officialplanupdate@gmail.com up until August 17, 2022. 

    Feedback / comments received up to August 17th will be taken into consideration when preparing Draft 2 of the Official Plan.  Toward the end of summer / fall during the statutory phase of the process both a mandatory open house and public meeting will be held to further receive feedback from the public.  


  • Share I am the owner of a property- vacant lot- on Beechwood Rd. ( on lake side) and I am interested on updates of the new Official Plan and of the Beachwood Rd. Secondary plan. Also, this message is to provide an input into the planning reviews : I know there have been some planning/building constraints because the water servicing but I would like to have a home on my lot even with restricted municipal services for now , ( if no other feasible way) and with the possibility to connect at the municipal services as soon as they become available. on Facebook Share I am the owner of a property- vacant lot- on Beechwood Rd. ( on lake side) and I am interested on updates of the new Official Plan and of the Beachwood Rd. Secondary plan. Also, this message is to provide an input into the planning reviews : I know there have been some planning/building constraints because the water servicing but I would like to have a home on my lot even with restricted municipal services for now , ( if no other feasible way) and with the possibility to connect at the municipal services as soon as they become available. on Twitter Share I am the owner of a property- vacant lot- on Beechwood Rd. ( on lake side) and I am interested on updates of the new Official Plan and of the Beachwood Rd. Secondary plan. Also, this message is to provide an input into the planning reviews : I know there have been some planning/building constraints because the water servicing but I would like to have a home on my lot even with restricted municipal services for now , ( if no other feasible way) and with the possibility to connect at the municipal services as soon as they become available. on Linkedin Email I am the owner of a property- vacant lot- on Beechwood Rd. ( on lake side) and I am interested on updates of the new Official Plan and of the Beachwood Rd. Secondary plan. Also, this message is to provide an input into the planning reviews : I know there have been some planning/building constraints because the water servicing but I would like to have a home on my lot even with restricted municipal services for now , ( if no other feasible way) and with the possibility to connect at the municipal services as soon as they become available. link

    I am the owner of a property- vacant lot- on Beechwood Rd. ( on lake side) and I am interested on updates of the new Official Plan and of the Beachwood Rd. Secondary plan. Also, this message is to provide an input into the planning reviews : I know there have been some planning/building constraints because the water servicing but I would like to have a home on my lot even with restricted municipal services for now , ( if no other feasible way) and with the possibility to connect at the municipal services as soon as they become available.

    Silviu asked about 1 year ago

    Good morning Silviu,

    Thank you for your questions. 

    Please subscribe on the Official Plan Update Engage Page to receive updates on this project as they become available. 

    For more information on the Interim Control By-law (ICBL) related to servicing capacity allocation, please visit the ICBL Engage Page.  If you are seeking a building permit for your property, please reach out to Senior Planner Nathan Wukasch at nwukasch@collingwood.ca, for more information and to determine if you will need to submit an ICBL Exemption application before the current ICBL Exemption program closes on May 12, 2023. 




Page last updated: 21 Dec 2023, 07:12 AM