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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.

Draft Official Plan

A draft of the new Official Plan was presented to the Committee of the Whole on November 23, 2017.  This draft plan, and the schedules and other maps and appendices, are now open for public input.  Please review the documents and let us know if the plan addresses what we’ve heard from the community.  If not, let us know what improvements can be made to the Plan to address the needs of our community.  Please email your comments to

A public meeting will also be held in the spring of 2018.

Draft Official Plan     Draft Schedules A, B and C     Draft Appendices A, B, C and D     Draft Secondary Schedules

Recolour Grey Interactive Map

Want to compare the land use types and mapping between the current official plan and the proposed official plan? Want to see if or how your property is impacted? We've developed an interactive map for Recolour Grey that shows the different schedules and appendices and gives you the ability to zoom right to your property.  Click on the image below to view the map*.

*Please note these maps have a lot of detail and take some time to load. If you are having difficulties, please contact us at

Map of Grey County marked up with colours representing different land use designations.

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

Cover of the What we've Heard summary of Recolour GreyMove Grey discussion paper coverCultivate Grey Cover pageDevelop grey cover page Live Grey discussion paper coverNatural Grey discussion paper colour.


The Recolouring Process

Recolour Grey officially kicked-off with a special public meeting in 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. Feedback was compiled and summarized and in the summer of 2017 we held nine more workshops to discuss policy options – one in each local municipality! Based on the comments we heard, a draft Official Plan was created and we are now eagerly looking for more comments.  Feedback can be shared any time and a public meeting will be held in the spring of 2018.

Recolour Grey Timeline

Stay Connected

This website is your best resource for all Recolour Grey activities.  You can also join the conversation online by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

We know your time is valuable.  Sign up for Recolour Grey Notifications below to receive updates about events and activities, draft documents, meeting notices and other opportunities.  

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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Scott Taylor
Senior Planner


Planning and Development

Other Programs & Initiatives

Recreational Trails Master Plan

A viewing platform overlooking Georgian Bay from a Grey County trail.

Grey County is completing a Recreational Trails Master Plan to help us manage our trails and plan for the future. Through this plan, we are documenting trail needs and prioritizing future trail projects and management practices.

Connected County

A room full of supports at the Top7 Intelligent Communities event at Cobble Beach

Explore this page to learn more what makes an intelligent community.  Read about key projects happening throughout our region and stay up to date on the latest news.

Alpha Street Revitalization

The Alpha Street housing community in Owen Sound is one of Grey County’s largest affordable housing properties. Originally built in the 1969, the homes were showing their age. 

Coordinated Rural Transportation

A driver helps an elderly man into an awaiting Home and Community support services van.

Grey County's large landscape is one of our greatest assets, but, if you don't have access to an affordable means of transportation, it can also be a major barrier.

Age-Friendly Communities Study

We want Grey County to be inclusive and welcoming to people of all ages and abilities. We recently partnered with students from the University of Guelph to look at policies that better support youth and older adults.

Green in Grey - Natural Environment Study

View of a lush green landscape from atop a lookout.

Grey County recently completed a Natural Heritage Study we called Green in Grey. The study identified key natural areas and linkages and recommended policies related to these features.

ATVs on County Roads Pilot

Man riding ATV in forest

On September 6, 2016, Council approved a one-year pilot allowing the use of ATVs on many County Roads. The pilot was deemed a success and has been endorsed by Grey County Council. 


A community paramedic tests the vital signs of a patient in their home.

From 2015-2017, Grey County paramedics embarked on a two-year clinical trial to study the effectiveness of community paramedicine in reducing emergency room visits by chronic disease patients.

Redeveloping Long-Term Care

A long term care resident sits in a wheel chair next to a window and is assisted by a healthcare professional

Grey County is making important changes long-term care.  County Council is moving forward with plans to combine the beds at Grey Gables and Rockwood Terrace into a new 166-bed County home in Durham.