The Township of Uxbridge is initiating a review and update of its current Official Plan as required by the Planning Act. This review will reflect new policy and regulatory initiatives, particularly the Places to Grow Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Greenbelt Plan, and will address emerging issues and trends in sustainable community planning and the Township’s Downtown Vision and Action Plan for the time horizon 2031.
The Official Plan is a key planning policy document utilized by the Township to guide the physical, social, economic and environmental management and growth of the Township. It includes a community vision, principles and objectives, as well as general policy direction and a land use planning framework. The current Township of Uxbridge Official Plan was adopted by Council in 1999, and approved by the Ontario Municipal Board in 2000.
Information about the Study can be found on the Township’s website http://www.town.uxbridge.on.ca/ or by visiting the Township’s Development Services Department.
Public input is a key component of the study and is both welcomed and encouraged throughout the Official Plan Review process, with public open houses/workshops/meetings being held at key points in accordance with the work program.
Throughout the Official Plan Review, there will be publication of notices of public sessions and project updates on the Township’s website and in the local newspapers as required by the Planning Act, and directed by Council. However, should you wish to receive direct notification by mail, or if you have written comments or concerns, please make your request or submission, including your name, return address, telephone number and email address to:
Development Services Department
P.O. Box 190 51 Toronto St. South
Uxbridge, ON L9P 1T1
By Fax: (905) 852-9674
The Township of Uxbridge Official Plan is comprised of some general policies applicable to the Township as a whole, in addition to the policies of the Region of Durham Official Plan; the Uxbridge Urban Area Secondary Plan; and the Coppins Corners Secondary Plan. A Secondary Plan has also been adopted for the Hamlet of Goodwood (OPA 20), but approval has been deferred pending the resolution of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan conformity exercise which is currently on-going. The most recent update to the Official Plan (OPA 19) involved the preparation of a new Uxbridge Urban Area Secondary Plan, as well as general implementation and interpretation policies. It was adopted by Council in 1999 and approved by the Ontario Municipal Board in 2000.
The Planning Act requires the Official Plan to be reviewed at least every five years and the Township has undertaken updates which address specific policy issues since 1999, including:
Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan Conformity Exercise (OPA 33), 2005, updated 2006, still waiting Provincial approval,
a commercial policy review which resulted in a number of specific amendments in 2006 (OPAs 32 and 34-37);
a wind power facility review which resulted in OPA 40 in September 2006;
modifications to the site plan and community design strategy in April 2007 and February 2008 (e.g. OPA 42);
the establishment of complete planning application requirements in May 2008 (OPA 44); and,
an amendment to permit residential second units in hamlet areas in December 2008 (OPA 48).
However, despite these changes, it is now necessary to carry out a comprehensive review of the Plan to reflect significant policy changes which have been made at the Provincial level, particularly the Places To Grow Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GPGGH) and the Greenbelt Plan. In addition, a number of issues specific to the Township need to be addressed including modifications to the Plan to reflect the Township’s Downtown Vision and Action Plan, and consideration of the use of a development permit by-law for areas in the Oak Ridges Moraine to assist in the implementation of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (ORMCP).
For information on the schedule and scope of the Official Plan review process, and for information regarding the documents influencing the Official Plan review, please follow the links located at the side of the page.
The Official Plan Review will be conducted with the benefit of a comprehensive public engagement and consultation program that will promote input and foster consensus with stakeholders, including Council, the public, municipal staff, governmental agencies, the private sector and non-governmental organizations.
For details on upcoming meetings and events, please see the Township of Uxbridge Website Events Calendar
If you have written comments or concerns, please make your request or submission, including your name, return address, telephone number and email address to: