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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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