Regional Planning and Official Plan Updates

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Waterloo Region’s Official Plan, or ROP, outlines the long term vision for transportation, urban density, infrastructure, housing, agricultural lands and more to ensure quality of life and environmental protection in the region. The plans are guided by the Ontario Planning Act, the Provincial Policy Statement, and the Places to Grow Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The ROP is reviewed on a regular basis with opportunities for public comment and current is under Review.

We encourage everyone in Waterloo Region to speak up and ensure their voice is heard on the future that that they would like to see in our Regional Official Plan.

- Provincial legislation can change depending on the political party in power,
- Land speculators can and have challenged the ROP regarding available development land.

The Province has set a deadline of July 1, 2022 for this review of the ROP that includes amended land needs assessment and policies.

The Region is holding a Special Council Meeting on Wednesday, May 18th at 3:00pm for public feedback on the ROP Growth Options. We urge you to speak up at this meeting and advocate for a new Option #4 being proposed by citizens that is simpler, more achievable and focuses on intensification with zero boundary expansion or farmland loss.

An overview of this Proposed Option #4 is available in the Resources section of this GREN website.

You are also encouraged to provide feedback to Regional Staff prior to the May 27th deadline.

Learn More:
All related content on the ROP is available for public comment on the Engage Waterloo website.


Engage Waterloo Region - Regional Official Plan

The Ontario Planning Act

The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

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