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Regional Official Plan Review (ROPR)


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

Key outcomes: 

  • Directions report
  • ROPR workplan

Phase 2: Discussion Papers

Status: Underway 2017 - 2020

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

Phase 3: Policy Directions

Status: Upcoming

Key outcomes:

  • 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).

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.

Statutory Public Meetings

Special Meeting of Council

Regional Council is holding a Special Meeting of Council in connection with the Region’s five-year review of its Official Plan as required by Section 26(1) of the Planning Act. The Special Meeting is held pursuant to Section 26(3) of the Planning Act and provides the public an opportunity to discuss the revisions that may be required to the Regional Official Plan. To respect physical distancing guidelines, this Special Meeting will be held via Zoom electronic teleconference only and in-person attendance will not be permitted.

More information on how verbal and written submissions can be provided is included in the published Notice of Special Meeting of Council (PDF file). Please note that advance registration is strongly encouraged for verbal and written submissions and that anonymous or offensive Zoom account names will not be permitted to speak. All information including names, addresses, opinions, presentations, reports, documentation, etc. provided for or at any public meeting, including the Special Meeting of Council, are considered public records.

Public Information Centres

Burlington Urban Growth Centre and Major Transit Station Area

You are invited to attend a virtual Public Information Centre (PIC) on this supplemental Discussion Paper online or by phone on the dates and times listed below. Two PICs will be held to accommodate the schedules of as many participants as possible. The same presentation will be given at the beginning of each meeting and will be followed by a Question and Answer period. To join a meeting:

  • Online: Visit on the date of the PIC to access the Zoom webinar.
  • By phone: Call 1-855-703-8985 (Toll Free) and use the meeting IDs below. Those joining by phone are not to submit questions live during the meeting—please email or call 311 to submit questions in advance of the PIC. You can check closer to the meeting to download a copy of the presentation in order to follow along.

View the Burlington Urban Growth Centre and Major Transit Station Area PIC presentation (PDF files).

In September 2020, Halton Region also 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.

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 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

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.

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.

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 (PDF file) 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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