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Halton Region is reviewing the implications of growth management, natural heritage and a rural and agricultural system in North Aldershot.

Why is North Aldershot Being Addressed in the Official Plan Review?

Halton Region is updating the land use policy framework for North Aldershot as part of the Official Plan Review. The new policies will guide future land use in the area in keeping with Provincial polices and plans.

The North Aldershot area is geographically defined as follows:

  • bounded by Highway 403 to the south;
  • Highway 6 to the west;
  • the Hamilton/Halton Region boundary (Niagara Escarpment Brow) to the north; and
  • from Highway 403 to Waterdown Road and the City of Burlington urban boundary to the east.

The North Aldershot area has a total land area of approximately 1,365 hectares.

The North Aldershot area is primarily non-urban. It is defined by the Niagara Escarpment to the north as well as the waterways and valleys running through the area. It also features pockets of rural and residential development.

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Planning for North Aldershot: Why it matters

Given the area’s significant environmental features and challenges providing water and wastewater/services, opportunity for significant development is limited. The Official Plan update will provide a revised policy framework for North Aldershot.

How is North Aldershot Being Addressed in the Official Plan Review?

The North Aldershot area is identified in the current Halton Region Official Plan as a separate land use designation.  The objectives of the North Aldershot Policy Area policies in the Official Plan are to:

  • recognize and maintain the distinct and unique character of the area;
  • provide for a limited amount of development while preserving significant natural areas; and
  • maintain the predominantly rural and open space character.

New development would require that critical services (including water and wastewater) are available in the area, among other matters.
As part of the Halton Region Official Plan Review the Region has reviewed how the current Provincial policies for growth management, natural heritage and development in agricultural and rural areas apply to North Aldershot. 

The updated Official Plan must be consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement, 2020 (external link) and conform to a Place to Grow: The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2019 (external link), the Greenbelt Plan, 2017 (external link) and the Niagara Escarpment Plan, 2017 (external link).  Changes to the Provincial Policy Statement, 2020 and the Growth Plan, 2019 no longer allow for North Aldershot as a distinct land use designation and require the policy framework in the Regional Official Plan to be reviewed.    

Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark

The Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark system (external link) is an innovative partnership to protect, connect and restore natural lands and open space between the Niagara Escarpment and Cootes Paradise in Hamilton Harbour. The EcoPark system spans a significant amount of land within North Aldershot.

These policies and plans will protect natural heritage features and provide direction for any new development in the North Aldershot area.

Get involved and have your say!

The Regional Official Plan shapes how and where Halton grows—and your input is valuable as we make these decisions for our community!

To help you learn more about this topic, you can read our North Aldershot Planning Area Discussion Paper (PDF file). The paper provides more detailed information about how climate change relates to the Regional Official Plan.

The community is invited to share its feedback by October 30, 2020 in two ways:

  • Take our general questionnaire: Provide high-level feedback on theme areas relating to the Regional Official Plan.
  • Complete our technical questionnaire: Provide detailed feedback on theme areas relating to the Regional Official Plan. The technical questionnaire contains questions on each of the five discussion papers. It is designed to enable participants to only answer those questions for which they have interest in.
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