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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:

  • Integrated Growth Management Strategy 
  • Natural Heritage Systems Review
  • Rural and Agricultural Systems Analysis
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Phase 3: Policy Directions

Status: Upcoming

Key outcomes:

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

Policy themes under review

Regional Council endorsed a Directions Report in 2016 (PDF file) which identifies the policy themes under review.

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

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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