Legally required public consultation for Official Plan reviews:
Your municipality must hold public meetings as part of reviewing its Official Plan.
A municipality has two options for revising its Official Plan to bring it into conformity with Growth Plan policies – it can either undertake a full review of its existing Official Plan or it can do a more limited Official Plan amendment, depending on how extensive the changes are.
To undertake a full Official Plan review, the Planning Act requires a minimum amount of public consultation. Specifically, your municipality must ensure that:
- The draft plan is released to the public.
- An open house is held to present the draft plan and answer questions.
- Notice is given for a public meeting where citizens are invited to make oral or written deputations on the draft plan.
- A special meeting of council is held to consider the draft plan, which is open to the public.
Then the plan is approved by council and sent to the province or upper-tier municipality for approval. Once approved by the province, your Official Plan cannot be appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) or Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT).
Contact your municipal government to get on the interested parties list.