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
The current Regional Official Plan Review (ROPR) process started in 2014 and has 3 phases:
Phase 1: Directions
Status: Completed October 2016
- Directions report
- ROPR workplan
Phase 2: Discussion Papers
Status: Underway 2017 - 2020
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
Phase 3: Policy Directions
- Policy Directions
- Draft Regional Official Plan Amendment
- Adoption of the ROP
Phase 2 Theme Area Discussion Papers
Review the theme summaries and/or full discussion papers on the pages below and provide feedback by completing the general or technical questionnaires.
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).
Public Information Centres
In September 2020, Halton Region hosted Public Information Centres (PICs) about the five theme areas under review. PICs were held over Zoom and attendees could join online or by phone.
- Climate Change: Thursday, September 3, 2020
- North Aldershot Planning Area: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
- Regional Urban Structure (Integrate Growth Management Strategy): Thursday, September 10, 2020
- Rural and Agricultural System and Natural Heritage System (combined PIC): Thursday, September 18, 2020
Please return to this page or sign up to receive email notifications for updates on future PICs for ROPR.
We will continue to welcome feedback through next stages of the Regional Official Plan process. If you have any questions or inquiries, please email email@example.com or call 311.
ROPR Phases and Key Documents
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
May 20, 2020
The Integrated Growth Management Strategy - Local Municipal Consultation on the Evaluation Framework and Status Update - Spring 2020 (LPS44-20) (external link) presents criteria for determining how and where the Region will grow for the long term. With the four Local Plans and Priorities Scenarios endorsed by Regional Council through LPS41-19, the Evaluation Framework will:
- Provide a coherent structure for evaluating elements of each Growth Concept.
- Ensure that Halton’s Preferred Growth Concept conforms to all relevant Provincial policies.
- Result in a Preferred Growth Concept which may make use of preferred elements from each Growth Concept.
June 19, 2019
The Regional Official Plan Review - Progress Update on the Integrated Growth Management Strategy and Preliminary Growth Scenarios Report (LPS41-19) presents growth and infrastructure choices across Halton Region to the year 2041. The scenarios:
- guide future population and employment growth
- ensure housing and servicing are able to meet growing demands
- support growth leading towards a strong economic future
Each of the 8 scenarios tests different land-use, servicing and financial outcomes.
January 16, 2019
This Project Status and Work Plan Update Report (LPS12-19) provides a work plan update on the ROPR process:
- Results from Phase 1 include the research in progress and further direction for the next steps of the review process.
- Further policy research and analysis are ongoing in Phase 2.
- This work prepares for Phase 3, seeking Council’s directions to make changes to the ROP.
- Changes proposed in Provincial plans and policies at the time of the report and new considerations for the ROPR are identified.
October 4, 2017
The Communication and Engagement Strategy Report (LPS44-17) (PDF file) outlines the Region’s Communication and Engagement Strategy for Phases 2 and 3 of the ROPR.
- Consultation is a vital part of the Region’s ROPR. It involves discussing Regional interests with residents and stakeholders from the Region.
- Engagement and communication tools will be used to inform and gain public input.
- Participation and input during the ROPR will help to inform changes to the ROP.
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