Creating a New Niagara Official Plan

Niagara Region is developing a new Niagara Official Plan - a process known as a 'municipal comprehensive review'. The Niagara Official Plan is a long-range, policy planning document to shape Niagara's physical, economic and social development.

The plan will include objectives, policies and mapping that form Niagara's approach to managing population and employment growth; protecting the natural environment, resources and farmland; and providing sufficient infrastructure

The Official Plan will:

Purpose of a New Niagara Official Plan

The Planning Act requires municipalities to regularly review and update official plans to align with provincial requirements.

The Regional Official Plan was first approved in the 1970s. At that time, our role and the content of the plan focused on protecting farmland and establishing urban boundaries.

Over the years, amendments were made to reflect the Region's increased land use planning functions under an evolving provincial system. However, the historic framework established over 40 years ago has never been comprehensively reviewed.

In 2017, resources were allocated to develop a new Niagara Official Plan that is contemporary and user friendly; provides a consistent structure; and reflects the current comprehensive planning framework.

2014 Consolidated Regional Official Plan

View the 2014 Consolidated Regional Official Plan currently in effect.

Public Engagement

Be informed and provide input to ensure future growth benefits our communities and improves quality of life.

Niagara Region is holding public information centres to share key findings from the plans and studies that will inform the new Niagara Official Plan. Everyone is welcome to attend. RSVP online or drop by to learn more and share your feedback.

Wednesday, Nov. 6
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Niagara Region headquarters, Campbell East Foyer
1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold

Thursday, Nov. 7
4:30 to 7 p.m.
Gale Centre Arena, Memorial Community Room
5152 Thorold Stone Rd., Niagara Falls

Wednesday, Nov. 13
4:30 to 7 p.m.
Livingston Activity Centre, Auditorium
18 Livingston Ave., Grimsby

Thursday, Nov. 14
4:30 to 7 p.m.
Leisureplex, Banquet Hall
3 Municipal Centre Dr., Fort Erie

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Components of the New Niagara Official Plan

Growing Region

How we manage growth and development, with a range and mix of housing types, including affordable housing

Connected Region

How we improve connections with transit, recreation, trails, infrastructure and technology

Competitive Region

How we increase our competitiveness by supporting employment opportunities and protecting agricultural lands

Vibrant Region

How we enhance the vibrancy of communities by supporting strong urban design and protecting cultural heritage

Sustainable Region

How we protect our natural environment and plan for climate change

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