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Grey County is initiating an amendment to our County Official Plan, Recolour Grey, to update our residential and employment growth forecasts, and other housekeeping matters. Mapping and text changes are proposed to the Plan through Official Plan Amendment (OPA) # 11. 

You can learn more about the proposed changes in OPA#11 by downloading the following documents. We have also included links to the recently updated Growth Management Strategy, which is the basis for our growth updates.


Proposed Official Plan Amendment

Proposed OPA 11 – Text and Mapping

Proposed OPA 11 – Proposed Changes with Rationale

PDR-CW-23-21 Official Plan Amendment 11 Staff Report

PDR-CW-23-21 Official Plan Amendment Staff Presentation


Growth Management Study Documents

2021 Growth Management Strategy Memo

2021 Growth Management Strategy Slide Deck

Addendum to PDR-CW-23-21 Update to the County's Growth Management Strategy


Current Official Plan 

The current County Official Plan, Recolour Grey, can be found here: Recolour Grey County Official Plan 2019


Have Your Say

A public meeting for OPA # 11 will be scheduled early in 2022. Once the meeting has been scheduled, this page will be updated. Advertisements will then be placed in local newspapers. You are welcome to attend that meeting to ask questions and make any comments about OPA # 11.  You can also provide any comments or ask any questions on the proposed amendment via email to planning@grey.ca. You can also send comments by mail to:

County of Grey Planning Department
595 9th Avenue East
Owen Sound, ON, N4k 3E3.  

If you would like to be notified of the future public meeting, or of the decision on OPA # 11, please write to the County Planning department at the email or mailing address listed above. Please ensure your letters or emails specify that you are requesting notice on OPA # 11. We will add you to our contact list.


Next Steps

At this stage there is no timeframe for when a decision will be made on OPA # 11. No decisions will be made prior to or at the public meeting. A staff report with a recommendation on OPA #11 will be provided to County Council prior to Council deciding. This report will include a summary of feedback received on the amendment.

Please note: Under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 and in accordance with Ontario's Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA), all information provided for, or at a Public Meeting, Public Consultation, or other Public Process are considered part of the public record, including resident deputations. This information may be posted on the County website, and/or made available to the public upon request.


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