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Welcome to Bruce County's Official Plan Review! The County of Bruce has embarked on an incredible opportunity to strategically guide the community’s growth and development over the next 25 years. Your input will help us develop a “made in Bruce” policy solution that satisfies Provincial Policy but is also adapted to meet the unique planning opportunities and challenges within the County.

This page aims to provide regular updates on the project and allow members of the community to provide input during the development of the new Official Plan.

Current status: Stage 2

The Official Plan Review project is occurring in two stages. Stage 1 is complete. Stage 2 will begin in early 2023.

Stage 1: GROWTH MANAGEMENT AMENDMENT TO EXISTING BRUCE COUNTY OFFICIAL PLAN

This amendment focused on population and employment growth that is expected to occur between now and 2046. This amendment to the current Bruce County Official Plan broadly covers how much growth is expected in the County and its local Municipalities. Establishing a growth management strategy enables local municipalities to initiate planning projects to address the anticipated growth.


The public meeting was held on Thursday, October 6, 2022. Review the meeting video recording and supporting documents.

County of Bruce Council passed By-law 2022-092 on October 20, 2022, being a By-law to Adopt Part One of Amendment Number C-2022-012 to the County of Bruce Official Plan. The amendment is subject to final approval by the Minister of Municipal Affairs. Review the Notice of Adoption.

A decision was made by the Council for the Corporation of the County of Bruce on October 20, 2022 to approve By-Law 2022-093, being a By-law to Adopt Part Two of Amendment Number C-2022-012 to the County of Bruce Official Plan. Review the Notice of Decision.


Stage 2

Stage 2 will establish the full new plan framework to 2046. It will bring together the directions from the Plan the Bruce Project Discussion Papers, Official Plan Best Practices Review, recent legislative changes, and include the growth management amendment (Stage 1) and recent amendments related to agriculture, community improvement plans and additional residential units.


What is this project about?

Bruce County is growing. Our population is expected to achieve a population of 93, 600 and employment of 43,000 by the year 2046, and we want your ideas on how and where to grow! We are currently reviewing the Official Plan, a key document that guides long-term growth and development in the County to 2046. It considers our unique, local needs and guides how we will work towards a vision for our future.

Eight community-driven and planning focused projects informed the new Official Plan for Bruce County - Agriculture, Homes, Natural Legacy, Good Growth, Heritage, Connecting, Communities and Business.

The new Official Plan will use the each of the project's Discussion Papers as a foundation for building a new Official Plan.


Give input

People living and working in Bruce County are passionate and eager to help shape future community growth.

This page will be updated regularly with project updates and opportunities to engage with the Project Team.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, please email planthebruce@brucecounty.on.ca.


Stay up to date

Sign up for email updates. You will receive information and notices about the project and opportunities to get involved.

Stay tuned for more opportunities to share your ideas!

Welcome to Bruce County's Official Plan Review! The County of Bruce has embarked on an incredible opportunity to strategically guide the community’s growth and development over the next 25 years. Your input will help us develop a “made in Bruce” policy solution that satisfies Provincial Policy but is also adapted to meet the unique planning opportunities and challenges within the County.

This page aims to provide regular updates on the project and allow members of the community to provide input during the development of the new Official Plan.

Current status: Stage 2

The Official Plan Review project is occurring in two stages. Stage 1 is complete. Stage 2 will begin in early 2023.

Stage 1: GROWTH MANAGEMENT AMENDMENT TO EXISTING BRUCE COUNTY OFFICIAL PLAN

This amendment focused on population and employment growth that is expected to occur between now and 2046. This amendment to the current Bruce County Official Plan broadly covers how much growth is expected in the County and its local Municipalities. Establishing a growth management strategy enables local municipalities to initiate planning projects to address the anticipated growth.


The public meeting was held on Thursday, October 6, 2022. Review the meeting video recording and supporting documents.

County of Bruce Council passed By-law 2022-092 on October 20, 2022, being a By-law to Adopt Part One of Amendment Number C-2022-012 to the County of Bruce Official Plan. The amendment is subject to final approval by the Minister of Municipal Affairs. Review the Notice of Adoption.

A decision was made by the Council for the Corporation of the County of Bruce on October 20, 2022 to approve By-Law 2022-093, being a By-law to Adopt Part Two of Amendment Number C-2022-012 to the County of Bruce Official Plan. Review the Notice of Decision.


Stage 2

Stage 2 will establish the full new plan framework to 2046. It will bring together the directions from the Plan the Bruce Project Discussion Papers, Official Plan Best Practices Review, recent legislative changes, and include the growth management amendment (Stage 1) and recent amendments related to agriculture, community improvement plans and additional residential units.


What is this project about?

Bruce County is growing. Our population is expected to achieve a population of 93, 600 and employment of 43,000 by the year 2046, and we want your ideas on how and where to grow! We are currently reviewing the Official Plan, a key document that guides long-term growth and development in the County to 2046. It considers our unique, local needs and guides how we will work towards a vision for our future.

Eight community-driven and planning focused projects informed the new Official Plan for Bruce County - Agriculture, Homes, Natural Legacy, Good Growth, Heritage, Connecting, Communities and Business.

The new Official Plan will use the each of the project's Discussion Papers as a foundation for building a new Official Plan.


Give input

People living and working in Bruce County are passionate and eager to help shape future community growth.

This page will be updated regularly with project updates and opportunities to engage with the Project Team.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, please email planthebruce@brucecounty.on.ca.


Stay up to date

Sign up for email updates. You will receive information and notices about the project and opportunities to get involved.

Stay tuned for more opportunities to share your ideas!

Q&A

Got a question about growth in Bruce County? How we plan for it? Curious about the Official Plan review, or a related topic? Ask our planners! With this Q&A tool, you can ask a question directly to the Project Team.

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  • Ask your question in the box below and click 'Submit'.
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Page last updated: 18 Nov 2022, 02:52 PM