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Regional Official Plan Review (ROPR)


About the Regional Official Plan Review

The Regional Official Plan (ROP) is a land use policy document created by Halton Region to shape the Region's future growth and development.

The Planning Act requires that the ROP be reviewed every 5 years to:

  • reflect changes in our communities and the vision for the Region
  • ensure that the Official Plan remains aligned with Provincial policies
  • To view the current Regional Official Plan, please visit the Regional Official Plan Viewer page.

The Growth Concepts

The Region has developed different concepts of how and where Halton could grow over the next 30 years. Each concept helps answer questions about the future of Halton—whether it’s how quickly our region will grow, where new jobs will be located or what types of homes will be built.

Learn more about Growth Concepts

Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA) 48

ROPA 48 helps define and provide direction on urban structure, such as Urban Growth Centres, Major Transit Station Area, Regional Nodes and employment areas. It was adopted by Regional Council through By-law No. 31-21 on July 7, 2021.

To learn more about the amendment and the Region’s review process, please review the summary page below:

Learn more about ROPA 48

ROPR Mapping Viewer


The ROPR Mapping Viewer is an online interactive mapping tool developed to display proposed mapping presented in the Discussion Papers. Use the interactive map to explore proposed Natural Heritage System refinements, proposed Rural Lands and Prime Agricultural Area refinements, and proposed Major Transit Station Areas as they relate to existing mapping for your community or your property.

For best performance, please access the viewer on a computer or laptop with latest version of a current internet browser (such as Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Apple Safari or Mozilla Firefox).

Launch ROPR Mapping Viewer

Due to the high volume of requests, wait times for mapping inquiries are longer than normal. Staff are working to respond to all inquiries as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

ROPR Phases and Key Documents

The current Regional Official Plan Review (ROPR) process started in 2014 and has 3 phases:


Phase 1: Directions

Status: Completed October 2016

Key outcomes: 

  • Directions report
  • ROPR workplan

Phase 2: Discussion Papers

Status: Underway 2017 - 2021

Key outcomes:

The development of discussion papers and public engagement on the policy areas under review:

  • Climate Change
  • Integrated Growth Management Strategy 
  • Natural Heritage
  • North Aldershot
  • Rural and Agricultural System

Growth Concepts will also be reviewed, setting out options for how and where Halton could grow to meet Provincial growth targets.


Phase 3: Policy Directions

Status: Upcoming

Key outcomes:

  • Policy Directions
  • Draft Regional Official Plan Amendment
  • Adoption of the ROP

October 5, 2016

The Directions Report (LPS110-16) (PDF file) reviews the direction for Phase 1 of the ROPR. See attachment to Council Report (PDF file).

  • The process requires that the ROP remain consistent with Provincial plans and policies.
  • The review supports interests in the urban, rural and natural spaces.
  • It includes planning for the Region’s future population and employment growth.
  • Changes to land-use trends will focus on complete communities through compact growth and intensification.
  • It will ensure the protection of agricultural land within rural areas, while also supporting secondary on-farm uses and agri-tourism.
  • This includes protecting the Natural Heritage System (NHS).
  • The document outlines policy matters which will undergo further study in Phase 2 of the ROPR.

April 9, 2014

Through the Commencement of the Five-Year Review of the Region's Official Plan Report (LPS28-14) (PDF file), Halton Regional Council approved the beginning of the ROPR. The Region’s last approval was in December 2009.

  • The ROPR will update policies to meet the evolving needs of the Region.
  • The ROP is required to conform to Provincial plans and policies changes affecting the growth, development, and protection of lands.
  • For the review, staff will create a workplan – creating the goals, objectives and policy for the ROPR.
  • There will be opportunities for feedback from residents and stakeholders on the proposed changes.
  • The review will build on the previous ROPRs: 
    • Guiding development into settlement areas
    • Ensuring rural areas support agricultural uses
    • Protecting the NHS

July 7, 2021

Regional Council adopts Regional Official Plan Amendment No. 48 (ROPA 48) as revised following review of the submissions received. ROPA 48 is the first Amendment adopted as part of Halton’s Regional Official Plan Review. This Amendment helps define and provide direction on urban structure, such as Urban Growth Centres, Major Transit Station Area, Regional Nodes and employment areas.

Regional Council approves LPS51-21 – “Regional Official Plan Review Work Plan Update and overview of Key Principles as the foundation for a draft Preferred Growth Concept.”

June 16, 2021

Regional Council holds a statutory public meeting in connection with Draft ROPA 48 to permit the public an opportunity to make verbal delegations.

May to June 2021

Halton Region hosts virtual Public Information Centres (PICs) about the Growth Concepts. PICs were held over Zoom and attendees could join online or by phone:

April 21, 2021

Regional Council approves LPS45-21 - “Additional Information relating to Growth Concepts associated with the Integrated Growth Management Strategy – Regional Official Plan Review.” The report directs staff to prepare an additional Growth Concept which examines the opportunity to accommodate all residential and employment growth within the existing settlement boundary area and to prepare additional information on the relative impact of greenhouse gas emissions expected to be associated with each Concept.

Read the Growth Concepts summary page to learn more about Growth Concept 3B and Growth Concepts greenhouse gas emission analysis.

February 17, 2021

Regional Council approves the Growth Concepts Discussion Paper and a public consultation period including an online questionnaire and virtual Public Information Centres.

Regional Council approves draft Regional Official Plan Amendment No. 48 – “An Amendment to Define a Regional Urban Structure” for public consultation. The draft Amendment fulfils direction provided to staff through LPS84-20 – “Advancing Key Planning Priorities of the Halton Municipalities through the Regional Official Plan Review,” endorsed September 16, 2020.

Regional Council receives the “2020 Initial Consultation Summary” which provides an overview of the comments staff received on the July-November 2020 series of ROPR Discussion Papers from the public, industry, agencies, other stakeholders, Indigenous Communities and Local Municipal partners.

November 18, 2020

Special Meeting of Council held pursuant to s. 26(3) of the Planning Act. Meeting provides public with an opportunity to discuss revisions that may be required to the Regional Official Plan.

October 21, 2020

Regional Council approves the Downtown Burlington Major Transit Station Area (MTSA) and Urban Growth Centre (UGC) Discussion Paper and a public consultation period on the new discussion paper to December 22, 2020 through an online questionnaire and virtual Public Information Centre.

September 16, 2020

Advancing Key Planning Priorities of the Halton Municipalities through the Regional Official Plan Review (LPS84-20) (PDF file) provides direction to staff to continue Phase 2 Discussion Paper engagement through October 30, 2020 and to prepare an initial Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA) which may address:

  • Removal of the Major Transit Station Area designation in Downtown Burlington and adjustments to Burlington’s Urban Growth Centre boundaries.
  • Other strategic opportunities related to urban structure.

September to November 2020

Halton Region hosts virtual Public Information Centres (PICs) about the five theme areas under review. PICs were held over Zoom and attendees could join online or by phone:

July 15, 2020

The Phase 2 Theme Area Discussion Papers explore issues and options that represent a range of choices in considering how the Regional Official Plan can achieve conformity with the Provincial policies and continue to meet the needs of our community today and in the years ahead.

We welcome your feedback through the Regional Official Plan Review process. If you have any questions or comments, please email


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