Official Plan Amendment No 21 Approved
On July 21, 2016, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs approved Official Plan Amendment No. 21. One appeal to the Ministry’s Decision was received. A pre-hearing conference to deal with the appeal was held on January 11, 2017. At the pre-hearing conference, the Ontario Municipal Board verified the appeal (OMB Case/File No. 160830) applied to only the Cooper Site lands. With exception of the appeal lands, the plan was deemed to come into effect August 11, 2017. To view a copy of the updated Official Plan, visit the City of Stratford Planning page (Click here).
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
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.
Statutory Public Meeting (Tuesday, Febraury 18, 2014, 7:00pm, Council Chambers) – The City held a statutory public meeting to hear all interested persons with respect to the consideration of proposed Official Plan Amendment No. 19 to the Stratford Official Plan pursuant to Sections 17 and 26 of the Planning Act, R.S.O., 1990 to implement the City’s Official Plan Review and Update. Click here to view a copy of the public notice, here to view a copy of the draft Plan, and here to view a copy of the draft Urban Design and Landscape Guidelines.
Statutory Public Open House (Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 7:00pm, Council Chambers) – The City hosted a Public Open House pursuant to Sections 17 and 26 of the Planning Act, R.S.O., 1990, to provide the public additional information and to answer questions on proposed Official Plan Amendment No. 19 in advance of the Statutory Public Meeting. In addition, the Open House provided an opportunity for the public to obtain information and provide input to the City’s proposed Urban Design and Landscape Guidelines.
Public Open House (Thursday, June 20, 2013, 7:00pm, Rotary Complex, 353 McCarthy Road, Tim Taylor Lounge) – This open house reviewed the draft Plan policies and schedules, as well as the draft Guidelines. Click Here to view a copy of the public notice, and here to view a copy of the draft Plan and here to review the draft Guidelines.
Background & Future Directions Report Workshop (Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 7:00-9:00 pm, Rotary Complex, 353 McCarthy Road, Tim Taylor Lounge) – This public workshop reviewed the key background information and consider proposed future policy directions for the community’s development for the next twenty years, as a basis for the preparation of an updated Official Plan. Click here to view a copy of the public notice, and here to view a copy of the Background & Future Directions Report. In addition, there are three detailed background reports prepared by Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. – click here to view Demographic and Economic Profile and Population and Housing Growth Forecast; here to view Residential Intensification Assessment; and here to view Affordable Housing Review.
Statutory Public Meeting (Monday, March 26, 2012, 7:30 pm, Council Chambers) – This was a special public meeting to provide an opportunity for public input into matters which should be considered as part of the Official Plan review and update. Please click here to view a copy of the public notice, here to view a copy of the Building and Planning Department Report, and here to view a copy of the meeting minutes.
Vision Workshop (Wednesday, May 16, 2012 7:00pm, Rotary Complex, 353 McCarthy Road, Tim Taylor Lounge) – This public workshop was held to develop an updated vision and guiding principles for the City, which will shape the community’s future to 2031 and on which the updated Official Plan will be based. Please click here to view a copy of the presentation, here to view the Vision Workshop Summary, and here to access the Vision Workshop Exercise, which can be completed and submitted online (available until September 18, 2012).