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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

Discussion Papers

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

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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. 

Recent Studies

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:

Transportation Master Plan

Updated Growth Management Strategy

Historic Landfill Study

On-Farm Business Study

Minimum Agricultural Lot Sizes Study - 2016

Grey County Age Friendly Planning Study

Green in Grey Natural Environment Study

Updated Housing Study


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 (link sends e-mail).

Recolour Grey update timeline

Upcoming Workshops

Join us at an upcoming workshop in your municipality. We will include an overview of Recolour Grey and dive deeper into policy discussions and recommendations.  Workshop Presentation  Workshop Handout
Date Municipality Location
August 28, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Southgate Frank Macintyre Building
220 Owen Sound Street, Dundalk
August 31, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Grey Highlands Markdale Arena (upstairs)
75 Walker Street, Markdale
September 12, 2017
6:30 p.m.
West Grey Durham Arena
451 Saddler Street West, Durham
September 13, 2017
5:00 p.m.
Georgian Bluffs Georgian Bluffs Council Chambers
177964 Grey County Rd 18, Owen Sound
September 18, 2017
5:00 p.m.
Hanover Hanover Council Chambers
341 10th Street, Hanover
September 19, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Owen Sound Bayshore Community Centre
1900 3rd Avenue East, Owen Sound
Christie Hare Room
September 21, 2017
5:00 p.m.
Town of The Blue
Town of The Blue Mountains Municipal Office
32 Mill Street, Thornbury
September 26, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Municipality of Meaford Meaford Fire Hall
81 Stewart Street, Meaford
September 27, 2017
1:30 p.m.
316837 Highway 6, Chat


Can't make it to one any of the workshops? Email your comments to or call 519-372-0219 ext.1235.

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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