Halton's Official Plan Explained

In General Terms

An Official Plan is like a road map for municipal governments. It guides regional and municipal land use planning decisions for growth and development. 

Official Plans must reflect provincial plans and policies.

For Halton In Particular

Halton's Regional Official Plan outlines the Region’s approved policy for development and growth. It outlines specific goals and objectives that Regional Council and Halton’s citizens believe are important. It also contains policies related to a wide range of topics including, but not limited to:

  • The setting of urban area boundaries to accommodate growth and to protect farmland.
  • The protection of environmentally-sensitive areas and promotion of land stewardship.
  • The promotion of economic development.
  • The delivery of urban services such as water supply and wastewater treatment, transportation, energy and utilities.
  • The building of healthy, complete and sustainable communities.

The Regional Official Plan also lays out a strategy for implementing and achieving these goals and objectives, including on-going monitoring of the effectiveness of plan policies.

Regional Official Plan Fact Sheets

For more information on the Regional Official Plan, Halton is preparing a set of ROP Fact Sheets. Check back soon for more!

  • ROP Fact Sheet – Agriculture & the Regional Natural Heritage System pdf283KB
    This Fact Sheet looks at how Halton’s Regional Official Plan (ROP) policies enable agriculture and the Regional Natural Heritage System (RNHS) to coexist in balanced harmony. It also provides information on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) for agricultural buildings.