Town of New Tecumseth Official Plan Review 2017
Who to Contact:
Planning & Development Department
705-435-3900 x1301 or
– Introduction to OP Review
(Report # PD-2016-26)
– Award of RFP P17-03
(Report # PD-2017-08)
– Phase 1 – Consultation Visioning
(Report # PD-2017-16)
– Phase 1 – Consultation Final Visioning Report
(Report # PD-2017-40)
The Town of New Tecumseth is a thriving municipality with a mix of agricultural, natural heritage and urban areas. The Town currently has a population of approximately 34,000 residents and is expected to grow to 56,000 people and 26,500 jobs by 2031. This growth will be accommodated through both greenfield development and intensification within the Town’s three settlement areas Alliston, Beeton and Tottenham. With this growth the Town can be expected to face new demands, challenges and opportunities over the coming decades.
What is an Official Plan?
An Official Plan is a legal document required by the province through the Ontario Planning Act that describes a municipality’s land-use strategy for growth and development. An Official Plan contains policies and maps that are used to guide planning and development by identifying where land-uses can and should be located. It is also a way to ensure the future vision of the community is managed in a way that balances social, economic and environmental interests of the Town.
How does the Official Plan impact me?
The Official Plan Review (OPR) is being undertaken through broad-based community consultation to ensure the voices of New Tecumseth landowners, business owners, community organizations, home builders and residents of all ages are heard throughout the review process. As a resident it outlines the strategy to improve the quality of life of all citizens. As a property owner it establishes what can be built, modified and developed.
Why is an Official Plan required to be reviewed?
The purpose of the OPR is to equip the Town with an updated policy framework that builds on recent initiatives and enables the Town to continue thriving as it grows and changes over the next 20 years.
Regular updating of the Official Plan ensures that the vision for the Town stays responsive to current issues and conditions. The purpose of this OPR process is to conduct a comprehensive review and update to the vision, objectives and policies of the Town Official Plan and to identify the need for and an appropriate manner to address any settlement area expansion requirements. There have been a number of changes to County of Simcoe and Provincial planning policies since the approval of the current Official Plan. The new Official Plan policies resulting from this project must conform to the Simcoe County Official Plan and Provincial planning documents and be consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement while addressing local municipal and community objectives. This OPR exercise will find a balance between ensuring that new growth and development is planned to contribute to and build upon the existing communities, while also supporting and protecting the thriving agricultural and rural areas.
The process to complete the Official Plan review
The OPR work plan commenced on May 2017. The OPR will be completed through five (5) project phases resulting in the adoption of the plan expected in May 2018 (Work Plan Overview), as follows:
- Phase 1: Consultation/Visioning
- Phase 2: Background Studies and Discussion Papers
- Phase 3: Directions & Recommendations
- Phase 4: Draft Official Plan
- Phase 5: Final Official Plan
Phase 1: Consultation/Visioning
Community Liaison Committee
A Community Liaison Committee (CLC) has been appointed for the OPR process. The CLC is intended to act as a ‘sounding board’ for the Project Team and includes business owners, residents and Members of Council. This group is not a decision-making body, rather it is an advisory body that is representative of the local community. The Terms of Reference for the CLC is included in the ‘Download’s box at the top of the page.
Members of the CLC are as follows:
- Paul Whiteside, Councillor Ward 3
- Richard Norcross, Councillor Ward 6
- Daniela Fuliere, Tottenham Beeton & District Chamber of Commerce
- Mia Smilsky, Alliston District Chamber of Commerce
- Mike Jerry, Alliston Business Improvement Association
- Susan Iacoucci, Beeton Tottenham Business Improvement Association
- Doug Carr, Resident
- Leah Emms, Resident
- Maria Jawaid, Resident
- Ross Reynolds, Resident
CLC meetings will take place throughout the project. Summaries of each CLC meeting are provided below:
Community Visioning Workshop/Visioning Report
The Town and our consultants, The Planning Partnership, hosted Visioning Workshop Sessions on June 19, 2017 at the New Tecumseth Recreation Centre (End Zone) from 4:30pm – 6:00pm and from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. Participants were asked to share their thoughts on what makes your community special; explore how New Tecumseth will grow to 2031; and to contribute to the development of the Official Plan.
The Visioning Workshops began with a presentation by The Planning Partnership followed by group discussions about the vision for the Town, and preliminary issues identified by The Planning Partnership. The results of the sessions have been summarized in the Visioning Report.
The Visioning Report was presented to Council (see Report PD-2017-40 – Phase 1 – Consultation/Visioning Final Visioning Report) on August 28, 2017.
Phase 2: Background Studies and Discussion Papers
Community Planning Forums
On October 11, 2017 at 4:30pm and 6:30pm, the Town and our consultants, the Planning Partnership hosted two Community Planning Forums at the Tottenham Community & Fitness Centre. A presentation was given by the Planning Partnership providing an update on work completed, which was followed by focused table discussions on five (5) themes to be the focus of separate discussion papers, including: growth management; economic development and the downtowns; agriculture, rural lands and natural heritage; living areas; and, general policies.
The results of the Community Planning Forums have been summarized in a document titled ‘What we Heard’. This includes a summary of discussions held between the Planning Partnership, the Staff Steering Committee and the Community Liaison Committee.
The Planning Partnership have prepared a report which includes the approach to the Official Plan Review and the five (5) Discussion Papers. This report outlines the ten (10) key issues identified in consultation with the community, existing policies and studies addressing those issues, and discussion points for how those issues can be addressed through this OPR. These discussion points will lead into Phase 3: Directions and Recommendations, which in turn will form the basis of the Official Plan Amendment, to be developed and adopted in Phase 5 of the project.
The five Discussion Papers are consolidated as chapters in this report and are listed below:
- Growth Management
- Economic Development and the Downtowns
- Agriculture, Rural Lands and Natural Heritage
- Living Areas
- General Policies
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