Official Plan

The City of Port Colborne Offiical Plan was approved the Ontario Municipal Board on November 25, 2013.

The new Official Plan, which replaces the 1980 Official Plan, affects 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. 

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.

City of Port Colborne Official Plan (Text, Schedules and Appendix)

City of Port Colborne Official Plan - Office Consolidation - September 2017

City of Port Colborne Official Plan Schedules:

Schedule A: City Wide Land Use

Schedule A1: Greenfields

Schedule A2: Hamlets - Bethel

Schedule A3: Hamlets - Gasline

Schedule A4: Hamlets - Sherkston

Schedule B: Natural Heritage

Schedule B1: Environmental Protection Area

Schedule B2: Environmental Conservation Area

Schedule B3: Vulnerable Aquifer Area

Schedule C: Mineral Aggregate and Petroleum Resources

Schedule D: Transportation

Schedule E: Sherkston Shores Secondary Plan

Schedule F: East Waterfront Secondary Plan

Schedule G: Westwood Park Secondary Plan

Schedule H: Source Water Protection

City of Port Colborne Official Plan - Appendicies:

Appendix A

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.

Official Plan Amendment Application



More Information

For more information on the above noted Provincial and Regional policies, please see the following:

Provincal Policy Statement

Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Regional Policy Plan

Regional Policy Plan Amendment No. 2-2009  


Contact Information

For more information on making an Official Plan Amendment Application, please contact:

David Schulz
Ph.  905-835-2900 ext. 202
Fax. 905-835-2939
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