What is the County Official Plan?
The County Official Plan sets goals related to development, communities and our natural resources. This plan divides the county into different land uses (agricultural, wetland, urban etc.) and sets policies for each designation.
The Official Plan is active for 20 years and is revised every few years to ensure it is effective and relevant. Now is a perfect time to “recolour” the plan to ensure it’s meeting the expectations of Grey County’s diverse communities.
Recolour Grey is the name of Grey County’s five-year review of the County Official Plan. Recolour Grey challenges everyone to think 20 years into their future and envision the County the way they want to see it.
The success of Recolour Grey relies on meaningful public input and everyone can contribute. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, a resident of Grey or a visitor. We want your input to help us preserve what matters most and to grow opportunities for the next 20 years.
What We've Heard
Over the winter of 2017, we reviewed all the comments we received so far and determined where further research or changes are needed. We have sorted through all of the comments received and grouped them into five themes:
- Live Grey
- Cultivate Grey
- Develop Grey
- Move Grey
- Natural Grey
We are creating policy discussion papers for each of these themes. These papers will outline in more detail what we have heard, and how we can act on the suggestions. If you require these documents in another format, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Recolouring Process
Recolour Grey officially kicked-off at a special meeting of Council on May 19th, 2016. At this meeting, Council and public attendees shared their ideas on how the County should grow in the next 20 years.
Throughout summer and fall 2016, Grey County planning staff attended community events, asking the public to share their vision of Grey County.
We already have a number of ideas for changes to the plan based on work that has been completed in recent years. Multiple studies and technical reports have been completed or are in the works including the following:
Other topics to be included in the plan are Drinking Water Source Protection Plans and the Provincial Policy Statement 2014.
These studies are only a part of the Official Plan changes. No final decisions have been made and we still need your input on these topics and any others you are passionate about! Please send your comments, thoughts and questions about Recolour Grey to email@example.com (link sends e-mail).
|August 28, 2017
|Southgate||Frank Macintyre Building
220 Owen Sound Street, Dundalk
|August 31, 2017
|Grey Highlands||Markdale Arena (upstairs)
75 Walker Street, Markdale
|September 12, 2017
|West Grey||Durham Arena
451 Saddler Street West, Durham
|September 13, 2017
|Georgian Bluffs||Georgian Bluffs Council Chambers
177964 Grey County Rd 18, Owen Sound
|September 18, 2017
|Hanover||Hanover Council Chambers
341 10th Street, Hanover
|September 19, 2017
|Owen Sound||Bayshore Community Centre
1900 3rd Avenue East, Owen Sound
Christie Hare Room
|September 21, 2017
|Town of The Blue
|Town of The Blue Mountains Municipal Office
32 Mill Street, Thornbury
|September 26, 2017
|Municipality of Meaford||Meaford Fire Hall
81 Stewart Street, Meaford
|September 27, 2017
316837 Highway 6, Chat
When Will Recolour Grey Finish?
Timelines for Recolour Grey will depend on the amount of feedback we get from the community. We expect the project will wrap up by the end of 2017 but deadlines may be adjusted to ensure the review is done right. Grey County is committed to keeping everyone informed and involved every step of the way
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