Official Plan Review

Official Plan Update

The Municipality of Lambton Shores has initiated a comprehensive review its Official Plan. This page is dedicated to the Official Plan Review, including links and information related to any public consultation as part of the process.

What is the Official Plan?

The Municipality of Lambton Shores Official Plan outlines the Municipality’s goals, objectives, and policies primarily used to support growth, economic development, and building Lambton Shore’s future. The plan also establishes a framework for managing the effects of growth on the social, economic and natural environment of the Municipality.

The Planning Act requires that an Official Plan be updated to ensure that it: conforms with provincial plans or does not conflict with them; has regard to matters of provincial interest; is consistent with provincial policy statements; and addresses recent legislative changes.

Taking into account the timing of the approval of the current Official Plan in 2015, the introduction of a 2020 Provincial Policy Statement and amendments to the Planning Act, R.S.O., 1990, as well as a new Lambton County Official Plan, the Municipality has initiated a comprehensive update to its Official Plan.

Community Engagement

As part of the Official Plan review and update, there will be several opportunities for the community to provide feedback and input.

Online Public Survey

The Municipality would like your input to guide the goals, objectives, and policies as it relates to the updated Official Plan.

The survey is now closed. There will be more public engagement opportunities throughout the process.

Public Meetings

Below are additional opportunities for the community to engage and take part in the process.

Special Council Meeting - Official Plan Update: November 29, 2022

The special meeting of council offered a chance to discuss the revisions that may be required to the Official Plan. It provided the opportunity for the public to offer comments regarding any issue or matter that should be considered during the Official Plan Review process.

Members of Council also provided input on their issues or matters to be considered during the Official Plan review.

Relevant documents:

Background Report - Council Meeting: November 28, 2023

A background report and summary of an on-line community survey were presented to Council at its November 28, 2023 meeting.

Relevant documents:

Open House on the Official Plan Update Draft - Wednesday, April 17, 2024

There was an opportunity to attend an open house to learn more about the Official Plan Update draft on April 17.

The Open House had two sessions available to provide an informal setting to review and discuss the Official Plan and proposed updates with staff

Relevant information:

Public Meeting on the Official Plan Update Draft - Tuesday, April 30, 2024

There was an opportunity to attend a public meeting to learn more about the Official Plan Update draft and provide input/feedback. The Public Meeting provided the opportunity to address Council formally at a Council meeting.

Public Meeting

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Council Chambers (9577 Port Franks Road)

7:00 p.m.

Relevant information:

Public Meeting on the final draft of the Official Plan Update - Tuesday, August 13, 2024

The final phase before Council adopts the Plan will include a public meeting to present the Official Plan Update to the public. The Public Meeting provides an opportunity to address Council formally at a Council meeting.

Public Meeting

Tuesday, August 13, 2024

Council Chambers (9577 Port Franks Road)

7:00 p.m.

Read the Notice of Public Meeting

 

Proposed Amendments to the Official Plan

The Municipality and its Consultants have reviewed public and agency comments received respecting the proposed amendments to the Official Plan and produced a set of proposed updates to the Official Plan’s text and schedules.

Details of the proposed updates are available in the attached documents:

  • Summary of Comments Received and Proposed Responses
  • Red-Line Version of the Official Plan Highlighting Proposed Amendments
  • Draft Amending By-Law
  • Map Schedules
    • View the Map Schedules as presented at the previous April 17, 2024 Open House and April 30, 2024 Public Meeting
    • Updated Map Schedules (will be posted here shortly after the following updates have been made)
      • All Schedules: references in the legend to “Conservation Authority Reg. 171/06" will be replaced with “O. Reg. 41/24”
      • All Schedules: references in the legend to “Significant Woodlot " will be replaced with “Significant Woodlands”
      • Schedules “A” & Schedule “A” – Natural Heritage: The Thedford Bog designation will be deleted where it overlaps with the map insets (note this is a correction to the April 30, 2024 version of the map schedules, which will maintain consistency with how they are designated in the current Official Plan)
      • Schedule “A1”: reference in the legend to “Mixed Uses " will be replaced with “Mixed Uses – Grand Bend”
      • Schedule “A1”: reference in the legend to “Harbour and Marina " will be replaced with “Harbours and Marinas”
      • Schedule “A2”: reference in the legend to “Residential – Hwy. 21 Gateway " will be replaced with “Residential – Grand Bend Hwy. 21 Gateway”
      • Schedule “A3” & Schedule “A3” – Natural Heritage: The Thedford Bog designation will be added to an area east of Northville Road and north of Willsie Line (note this is a correction to the April 30, 2024 version of the map schedules, which will maintain consistency with how they are designated in the current Official Plan)

Submit Comments

Formal written submissions respecting the Official Plan and proposed amendments can be submitted to:

  • Will Nywening, Senior Planner - by email
  • Stephanie Troyer-Boyd, Clerk - by email

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Official Plan?

The Official Plan outlines the municipality's general policies for future land use, and states the land use planning goals that guide development. The policies deal with land use designations, infrastructure, transportation, environment, natural heritage, agricultural resources and more.

The Official Plan includes broad based principles and strategic policy, with the more site specific details contained in the zoning by-laws.

Why is the Official Plan being updated?
The Planning Act requires that an Official Plan be updated to ensure that it: conforms with provincial plans or does not conflict with them; has regard to matters of provincial interest; is consistent with provincial policy statements; and addresses recent legislative changes. Taking into account the timing of the approval of the current Official Plan in 2015, the introduction of a 2020 Provincial Policy Statement and amendments to the Planning Act, R.S.O., 1990, as well as a new Lambton County Official Plan, the Municipality has initiated a comprehensive update to its Official Plan
Can I read the current Official Plan?
Learn more on the Official Plan page of our website.
Where can I find ongoing updates regarding the Official Plan Update?
This page will be updated as more information and updates are available. You can "subscribe" to page updates by clicking the blue "Subscribe to this Page" button at the bottom of the page.

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