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Revised Draft Official Plan

The first draft of the new Official Plan was presented in November 2017.  Since then, Grey County staff have been collecting feedback from the public, local municipalities and other partners and has made improvements. You can find the most recent draft of the plan below.  If you have any questions about the draft plan, please email


Current Draft (revised September 2018)

Draft Official Plan      Draft Official Plan (tracked changes)    Draft Schedules A, B and C       Draft Appendices A to E  Draft Secondary Schedules

September 27 Staff Report

Previous Draft (May 2018)

Draft Official Plan      Draft Official Plan (tracked changes)    Draft Schedules A, B and C       Draft Appendices A to F  Draft Secondary Schedules


First Draft

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

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.

Final Public Meeting

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Recolour Grey open houses and the public meeting in March. We received a lot of great comments and are now summarizing them and considering changes for the next draft of the plan. 

If you were unable to attend the public meeting on March 27 you can find a recording of it below. You can also view the presentation provided by staff. 

Presentation  Minutes

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

Comments on the Draft OP

The following document is a collection of all the feedback we have received since releasing the draft official Plan. 


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 updated timeline March 22

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.

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