In a notice from the Halton Region, the City of Burlington was recently advised that its adopted Official Plan does not conform with the Regional Official Plan.
This will result in modifcations to the Official Plan, potentially changing how Burlington will look in the future.
The city’s plan, according to a recent press release, does not conform in regards to a number of areas related to policies and mapping, and among others including: proposed employment land conversions and permitted uses within the employment areas and lands, the identification of and permitted uses within agricultural lands, the identification of and permitted uses within the Natural Heritage System, as well as transportation matters, such as road classifications.
Both the city and the Halton Region will be working together in order to draft notice of decision that will include changes to be made in the city’s Official Plan.
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These changes will be shared with the city and brought forward to City Council for consideration.
“This is the news the community has been hoping for,” Mayor Marianne Meed Ward said in a recent press release.
“We will now have an opportunity to bring any additional changes to the Official Plan that the community has been asking for. We will also have a chance to incorporate ongoing work into the plan before returning it to the region, for example on the Mobility Hubs. We will be planning public engagement in the New Year.”
Mayor Meed Ward will work with Burlington Council to ensure the city and Region are able to take the time necessary in order to work on any potential modifications of the Official Plan.
This will also allow time for any additional matters the new Council would like to address before final approval.
The process for final approval of the city’s Official Plan will include the following:
- The ability for Burlington to make additional changes before the Official Plan is approved by the Halton Region.
- Once city staff agrees that the issues of non-conformity have been addressed, the proposed changes would be brought back to Council for a vote before final approval by the Region.
- An indefinite ‘pause’ of the 210 days the Region has to approve the Official Plan. If the Halton Region does not provide a decision within this timeframe, appeals can be filed with the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).