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NOTICE: Public Information Centre # 2

Thursday, March 9, 2017,  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Presentation at 7:30 pm)
Stratford Rotary Complex, (Community Hall B) 353 McCarthy Road West

This Public Information Centre provides you an important opportunity to review and comment on the first draft of the City’s Comprehensive Zoning By-law.  A short presentation will be given at 7:30 pm which will be followed by a question and answer session.  Prior to, and following the presentation, attendees are encouraged to review display materials and provide input.  Members of the team will be available for one-on-on discussions for those who are interested.

We encourage all members of the public to attend this important Public Information Centre to review the first draft of the City’s New Comprehensive Zoning By-law and provide input.

For those who would like to receive more information, please contact Jeff Leunissen, Manager of Development Services at (519) 271-0250 ext 221 or jleunissen@stratfordcanada.ca.

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Shaping StratfordStratford’s Official Plan Reviewis all about helping the City build on its past success to implement its vision for the future.

The Official Plan includes a community vision and guiding principles, as well as general policy direction and a land use planning framework to guide the physical, social, economic and environmental management and growth of the City.  However the current Official Plan was developed in the 1990’s and, while it has been amended to reflect changes, it requires a complete review.

Shaping Stratford is about moving forward and realizing Stratford’s inherent potential — today and tomorrow.

This initiative will build on Stratford’s role as one of the top seven intelligent communities in the world, home of the Stratford Festival and the University of Waterloo’s Stratford Institute. Shaping Stratford is part of the City’s commitment to furthering Stratford’s economic prosperity, environmental leadership, innovation and creativity, and great place making. Click here to find out details of the study process and schedule.

Community engagement is an important component of the Sharing Stratford approach. Public input is welcome and valued. Click here to find out how you can become more involved in Shaping Stratford and to learn more about consultation and input opportunities.

Shaping Stratford Status

Following a comprehensive review process including a statutory public open house on Tuesday February 11, 2014 and a statutory public meeting on Tuesday February 18, 2014, an updated Official Plan was adopted by City Council on May 27, 2014 through Official Plan Amendment No. 19.  A complete copy of Official Plan Amendment No. 19 is available for inspection in the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 1 Wellington Street, Stratford during business hours 8:30 to 4:30 pm or  Click here to view a copy of the Amendment. Click  here to view a copy of the Official Plan consolidation. Click here to view a copy of the Notice of Adoption.

Official Plan Amendment No. 19 has been sent to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for approval.  The Ministry may decide to approve, modify and approve as modified or refuse to approve parts or all of the Official Plan Amendment.  Any person or public body is entitled to receive notice of the proposed decision of the Ministry if a written request to be notified of the proposed decision is made to the Ministry at the following address:

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Western Municipal Services Office
2nd Floor, 659 Exeter Road, London, Ontario N6E 1L3

Contact: Kevin McClure, MCIP, RPP, Planner
Tel: 519-873-4768
Toll-free: 1-800-265-4736
Fax: 519-873-4018

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority have provided detailed comments to Official Plan Amendment No. 19.

Since Official Plan Amendment No. 19 was adopted by Council, agricultural lands have been annexed into the City of Stratford.  In order for all the lands currently within the municipal boundary to be in the Official Plan, a new comprehensive Official Plan Amendment is being proposed.  A Public Open House on the proposed comprehensive Official Plan Amendment is scheduled for September 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the City of Stratford Council Chambers and the Public Meeting on the proposed Official Plan Amendment is scheduled for September 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm in City of Stratford Council Chamber.  Click here to view the Notice of Public Open House and Public Meeting.   Click here to view the new proposed Official Plan Amendment.  Text in red font is a change from Official Plan Amendment No. 19.  The Schedules have also been updated.  Click on the schedule to view the update.   Schedule A Schedule B, Schedule C, Schedule D, and Schedule E.

At the same time as Council adopted the updated Official Plan, they also adopted Urban Design and Landscape Guidelines.   Click here to view a copy of the Guidelines.



 At the December 14, 2015 Council meeting, City Council adopted Official Plan Amendment No. 21. Note that there was an existing OPA No. 20 dealing with “Special Policy Area for the lands bounded by Oxford Street, Burritt Street, Douro Street and Romeo Street South”. Therefore, previous references to proposed OPA No. 20 as part of this comprehensive OP Review was changed to Official Plan Amendment No. 21 (OPA No. 21) at the December 14 Council meeting.

Official Plan Amendment No. 21 (OPA No. 21) incorporates the recommendations of an Official Plan Review and Update carried out in 2012-2014 in accordance with Section 26(1) of the Planning Act and, repeals Official Plan Amendment No. 19, a comprehensive Official Plan Amendment, adopted on May 27, 2014.  Official Plan Amendment No. 21 also includes lands added to the City on January 1, 2015 in accordance with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Restructuring Order of December 2010.

Click here to view the new proposed Official Plan.  Text in red font is a change from Official Plan Amendment No. 19.  The Schedules have also been updated.  Click on the schedule to view the update.   Schedule A Schedule B, Schedule C, Schedule D, Schedule E and Appendix I.  Click here to view the amendment.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs approved Official Plan Amendment No. 21 on July 21, 2016. One appeal to the Ministry’s decision was received. On January 11, 2017 the Ontario Municipal Board held a pre-hearing conference to deal with the appeal. At the pre-hearing conference, the Ontario Municipal Board verified the appeal (OMB Case/File No. PL 160830) applied only to the Cooper Site lands. With the exception of the appeal lands, Official Plan Amendment No. 21 came to effect August 11, 2016. To view a copy of the updated Official Plan click here.

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