Official Plan Review


The City is currently undertaking an Official Plan Update as required by the Planning Act.  This update consists of four phases: review and analysis of land requirements, policy recommendations, policy development, and implementation through an Official Plan Amendment.

New Policy Development

The first step toward the development of updated policies is the preparation of a Technical Brief to support the Official Plan Update titled Emerging Policy Issues which outlines Emerging Policy Issues along with recommendations for updating the Official Plan.

If you wish to provide comments on Emerging Planning Issues - Technical Brief – please provide in writing to mtmacdonald@belleville.ca by September 10, 2019.  If you require additional time to provide comments, please email planning@belleville.ca  to advise staff of this requirement.

The Planning Advisory Committee will consider  an information report from Staff on the Technical Brief September 3, 2019.  The report  will be published on the City’s website by Thursday October 29, 2019 at 4:00 pm.

The Terms of Reference for the Official Plan Update was expanded as a result of Council’s priorities identified through the City Housing Summit including modernizing housing policies, intensification policies and mixed use policies in order to increase the supply of lands available for medium and high density residential development which will ultimately increase the supply of rental units in the City of Belleville.  Other issues are also required to be addressed as required by the Provincial Policy Statement to ensure the Updated Official Plan is approved by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

Municipal Comprehensive Review

The Final Report, Municipal Comprehensive Review of Urban Serviced Area, Official Plan Update  was updated according to relevant comments received at the Public Information Centre (PIC) and Public Presentation held June 3, 2019.  This update to the report has not changed the conclusions for urban land needs as determined by the consultants.  The analysis undertaken by Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. has determined that the City has sufficient residential, commercial, community facility, and employment lands for the next 20 years within its urban boundary.

There is no requirement to change the urban boundary of the City with the exception of the proposed land swap of the majority of lands located in the Cannifton East Industrial Area for the expropriated lands adjacent to the North East Industrial Park.

Comments, feedback, and proposals that have been provided to the City in writing during the review of the Municipal Comprehensive Review phase but related to the policy development stage will be considered at this future phase.   Individuals that have submitted comments will also have the opportunity to provide further feedback once the updated Official Plan is prepared and a future Statutory Public Meeting is held.

The Planning Advisory Committee will consider an information report from Staff on the Final Report, Municipal Comprehensive Review of Urban Serviced Area, Official Plan Update September 3, 2019.  The report will be published on the City’s website by Thursday October 29, 2019 at 4:00 pm.

Ways to Learn about the Review and Provide Input

Planning Staff Report PP-2019-32

City Staff has prepared a Staff Report on the Consultant’s Municipal Comprehensive Review Report which was received by Council on May 13, 2019.

Provide Comments

If you wish to provide comments on Emerging Planning Issues - Technical Brief - please provide in writing to mtmacdonald@belleville.ca by September 10, 2019.  If you require additional time to provide comments, please email planning@belleville.ca.

Public Meeting

Planning Advisory Committee Meeting - June 3, 2019

Information and Material

For more information about the Official Plan Review you may contact the City of Belleville Policy Planning Division by email at: planning@belleville.ca.

Notification

If you wish to be notified of upcoming meetings, please email planning@belleville.ca to be included on the Interested Parties List. (Please quote “Belleville Official Plan Review”)

Current City of Belleville Official Plan (2018 consolidation)

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