Official Plan Update

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Phase 5: Draft Official Plan

Phase 5: Draft Official Plan

  • Please submit your comments on the Collingwood Official Plan Draft 2 to by the deadline of October 31, 2023.
  • You are invited to learn about the Draft 2 Official Plan and provide feedback at these consultations (Download the Notice):
    • Public Open House - Wednesday October 4, 2023
      • 1 - 3pm and 5 - 7pm, 3rd Floor Meeting Room, Collingwood Library (In-person only)
    • Public Meeting - Tuesday October 17, 2023
  • Draft 2 has been revised based on an exciting amount of public input (approximately 200+ letters and many verbal comments), as well as Ontario-wide legislative and policy changes. A comprehensive comment-response matrix that addresses every submission is contained as an appendix to Staff Report P2023-24.
  • To request to be notified of decisions on the New Official Plan, please subscribe to Official Plan Updates here.
  • Please note that comments will not be replied to individually, but all comments will be collected and reviewed by Town staff and the Town's consultant, The Planning Partnership, for consideration in the final Official Plan and recommendations to Council.

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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    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 over 1 year 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.

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    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 over 1 year 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 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.  

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    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 8 months 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, 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. 

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