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Date Posted
March 6, 2017

Thank you for your interest and participation in Recolour Grey! We want to give you a quick update on Recolour Grey, and share with you some upcoming stages in the process.  We also wanted to remind you about our Age-Friendly Communities Survey.

2013-2015 Background Studies May 2016 Recoulour Grey Launch Summer to Fall 2016 The Public Conversation Begins Winter 2017  Summarizing Comments and Researching Special Topics March 1, 2017 We are Here! June and July 2017 Prepare Policy Option Discussion Papers August and September 2017 The Public Conversation Continues October 2017 Finalize Draft Official Plan and Host Public Meeting December 2017 Council Adoption of Official Plan Last Step is the Official Plan gets sent to the Province for Review and Approval. We want your feedback any time and all the way through this process!

After a busy summer and fall out in the community, we have already received hundreds of comments on Recolour Grey! Soon these comments will be combined into a document we can share with everyone who is interested.  In the meantime, it has been very busy here in the office, sorting through comments and looking for themes in what people want to see for the County.

After we identify the themes we hope to bring forward an overview of our findings and share with the public and council. We hope to bring them forward this spring and we’ve already started to act on some of the comments we’ve heard to date.

Farm Lot Sizes Study

Many early comments have raised questions about minimum farm lot sizes. A key concern is whether the agricultural policies in the County work for all farmers, or if they better suited towards larger farm operations?  In fall 2016 Grey County partnered with students from the University of Waterloo Master’s Planning program. These students did a study on minimum farm lot sizes.  They interviewed key stakeholders and farmers of varying operation types and sizes. They also researched best practices from across the Province.  The study is now complete and recommendations are in their final report.

Farm Lot Size Report

Age-Friendly Communities

Other public feedback collected suggested that County policies need to better reflect and support youth and older adults. A group of University of Guelph Rural Planning and Development Master’s Students are exploring these issues. They have created a short survey on ‘age-friendly communities’ within Grey County.  We hope you will consider taking this survey or sharing it with friends.  We want to hear from youth, seniors, and everyone in between.

Take our Survey

Please complete this survey by Thursday March 16th, 2017.  Once results from the community engagement sessions and surveys are summarized, the students will review policies from other age-friendly communities that are similar to Grey County. Recommendations will be given in mid-April to update policies that promote age-friendly communities within Grey County.


Watch for our next Recolour Grey update in spring 2017 or sign up here.

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