*NEW* City of Port Colborne Official Plan
The City of Port Colborne Offiical Plan has been adopted by City Council and approved by Regional Council on December 6, 2012. It has been appealed by the Province, however the approved Plan and Schedules are available for information below.
The new Official Plan, which replaces the 2006 adopted Official Plan, will affect lands City-wide and will reflect new policy and regulatory initiatives, address emerging issues and guide the use of land in the City for the next 20 years. The Official Plan is an important planning document which includes strategic directions, principals and objectives and policies dealing with physical, social, economic and environmental issues as well as policies outlining how the City will grow in the future.
City of Port Colborne Official Plan (Text Only)
City of Port Colborne Official Plan Schedules:
Adopted Official Plan (2006)
In 2002, the City of Port Colborne in conjunction with Dillon Consulting took on the task for creating a new Official Plan for the City of Port Colborne. In October of 2006 the Draft Official Plan was adopted by Council and forwarded to the Regional Municipality of Niagara for their approval. Since this time a number of Provincial and Regional policy changes have come into effect that need to be incorporated within the Adopted Official Plan (2006).
Changes to the Plan
In 2009, Planning Staff working with the Region and other interested parties began working towards bringing the 2006 Official Plan into conformity with the major policy changes that have occurred since 2006. The City of Port Colborne Official Plan (draft) is now generally in conformity with the Provincial Policy Statement, Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Regional Policy Plan and Regional Policy Plan Amendment 2-2009 Sustainable Community Policies: Places to Grow/2005 Provincial Policy Statement Conformity and Niagara 2031 Amendment. The Planning Report provided below was used as the basis for the creation of the new draft plan that will be presented to Council in September.
Any questions or comments regarding the City of Port Colborne Official Plan can be directed to:
Ph. 905-835-2901 ext 129
Email: Email Lindsay Richardson
What is an Official Plan?
An Official Plan is a statutory document which sets out the land use policy directions for long-term growth and development in a municipality. It is not to be confused with the Zoning By-law which further details the broad range of land uses set out in the Official Plan. The current Official Plan for the City of Port Colborne was approved by the Province on June 20, 1980.
The City of Port Colborne Official Plan contains policies governing various land use designations, such as Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural and Open Space and Natural Heritage. These designations are broadly established on a land use map. Other policies relating to Mineral Aggregate Resources, Transportation and Community Improvement are incorporated into the Plan.
Official Plan Amendments
While the Official Plan is intended to establish the policies for long-term growth, the Plan is periodically reviewed to ensure that it continues to meet the changing economic, social and environmental needs of the municipality. Occasionally, it is necessary to amend the policies and/or designations contained in the Official Plan in order to facilitate new development or redevelopment proposals. Opportunities for public review and input are provided prior to the City adopting any Official Plan Amendments.
For more information on making an Official Plan Amendment Application, please contact:
Ph. 905-835-2900 ext. 202
Email Shannon Larocque