Dufferin County Official Plan Review

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Dufferin County is updating its Official Plan

Dufferin County is home to 66,000 people now and is expected to grow to 95,000 by 2051, according to the Province of Ontario’s Growth Plan.

To address this predicted growth in population, Dufferin County is working on the Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) – a series of studies that will influence Dufferin’s Official Plan and shape the growth of Dufferin County for the next 30 years.

At their May 12, 2022 meeting, Dufferin County Council gave a green light to take a phased approach to the MCR.


What does this mean?

In June/July the estimated changes in the number of jobs and population, specific to each Municipality within Dufferin County, will be outlined in a final Land Need Analysis (LNA) report. From there, an update to the Official Plan will be submitted to Council for their consideration, which is currently estimated to take place in August. Once approved, the changes are submitted to the Province for their review, which can take up to 120 days.

Once complete, further updates can be approved by Dufferin County Council, including on a Municipality-by-Municipality basis, such as expansions to the Shelburne and Grand Valley settlement areas.


We want to hear from you!

The MCR is going to shape the future of Dufferin County’s community, so it’s important that the project includes community voices. This July, Dufferin County staff will:

  • kick off an engagement plan, so citizens can get involved and provide feedback on the project, and

  • begin providing regular updates on the project’s progress.

To stay informed about the MCR process and to have your say on the future of your community, check back here for updates, and subscribe to our newsletter (top right corner).


In the meantime, check out our FAQ's on the right-hand page.


Dufferin County is updating its Official Plan

Dufferin County is home to 66,000 people now and is expected to grow to 95,000 by 2051, according to the Province of Ontario’s Growth Plan.

To address this predicted growth in population, Dufferin County is working on the Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) – a series of studies that will influence Dufferin’s Official Plan and shape the growth of Dufferin County for the next 30 years.

At their May 12, 2022 meeting, Dufferin County Council gave a green light to take a phased approach to the MCR.


What does this mean?

In June/July the estimated changes in the number of jobs and population, specific to each Municipality within Dufferin County, will be outlined in a final Land Need Analysis (LNA) report. From there, an update to the Official Plan will be submitted to Council for their consideration, which is currently estimated to take place in August. Once approved, the changes are submitted to the Province for their review, which can take up to 120 days.

Once complete, further updates can be approved by Dufferin County Council, including on a Municipality-by-Municipality basis, such as expansions to the Shelburne and Grand Valley settlement areas.


We want to hear from you!

The MCR is going to shape the future of Dufferin County’s community, so it’s important that the project includes community voices. This July, Dufferin County staff will:

  • kick off an engagement plan, so citizens can get involved and provide feedback on the project, and

  • begin providing regular updates on the project’s progress.

To stay informed about the MCR process and to have your say on the future of your community, check back here for updates, and subscribe to our newsletter (top right corner).


In the meantime, check out our FAQ's on the right-hand page.

  • Update on Municipal Comprehensive Review

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    At their May 12, 2022 meeting, Dufferin County Council gave a green light to take a phased approach to the MCR.


    What does this mean?

    In June/July the estimated changes in the number of jobs and population, specific to each Municipality within Dufferin County, will be outlined in a final Land Need Analysis (LNA) report. From there, an update to the Official Plan will be submitted to Council for their consideration, which is currently estimated to take place in August. Once approved, the changes are submitted to the Province for their review, which can take up to 120 days.

    Once complete, further updates can be approved by Dufferin County Council, including on a Municipality-by-Municipality basis, such as expansions to the Shelburne and Grand Valley settlement areas.


    We want to hear from you!

    The MCR is going to shape the future of Dufferin County’s community, so it’s important that the project includes community voices. This July, Dufferin County staff will:

    • kick off an engagement plan, so citizens can get involved and provide feedback on the project, and

    • begin providing regular updates on the project’s progress.


    To stay informed about the MCR process and to have your say on the future of your community, check back here for updates, and subscribe to our newsletter (top right corner).

    In the meantime, check out our FAQ's on the right-hand page.

  • Land Needs Analysis Report

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    The County’s Land Needs Analysis will be presented to Dufferin County Council in February 2022 for adoption. The purpose of this study is to conform with the Provincial Growth Plan (2020, consolidated) regarding:

    • Population and employment forecasts
    • Minimum intensification targets
    • Greenfield density targets

    In addition to determining the residential and employment lands needs for each local municipality.

    More information on the Land Needs Analysis can be found on the right hand side of this page in the document labelled “January 27, 2021 - My Community Plan Update”.

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  • Municipal Comprehensive Review

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    Since late 2019, the County has been working on the Municipal Comprehensive Review – a series of studies aiming to help us plan how we shape the growth of Dufferin County until the year 2051.

    The County, in partnership with our Planning Consultants WSP have wrapped up Phase 1 and 2 of this project and will be spending the first half of 2022 working on and completing Phases 3 and 4 of this project (more details can be found in the timeline section on the right hand border of this page).

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