Re-Imagine Stouffville - Official Plan Review

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The Town is currently consulting on the key issues and preliminary policy directions that will inform the preparation of the new Official Plan. We are seeking your input on a series of Draft Discussion Papers on key themes related to Complete Communities, the Natural Environment, Planning for Growth, and General Technical / Housekeeping Updates.


What Issues Need To Be Addressed in the New Official Plan?

The following Draft Discussion Papers and a One-Page Summary have been prepared for review and comment:


Two virtual Public Open Houses will be held on May 6, 2021 to present the Draft Discussion Papers and receive feedback. This is an opportunity for you to learn about the issues to be addressed in the Official Plan, ask questions and provide comments.


Please Join Us for our Second Virtual Open House:

We are seeking your input on Draft Discussion Papers on key themes related to Complete Communities, the Natural Environment, and Planning for Growth. This is an opportunity for you to learn about the issues to be addressed in the Town’s new Official Plan, ask questions and provide comments.


When & Where?

The Town will be hosting two Virtual Public Meetings on May 6, 2021:

Please pre-register for one of the meetings through: opreview.eventbrite.ca

  • Thursday, May 6, 2021 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
    gotomeet.me/WSP_PLAUD/wsopr1
    You can also dial in using your phone: +1 (647) 497-9391 Access Code: 932-986-013


  • Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
    gotomeet.me/WSP_PLAUD/wsopr2
    You can also dial in using your phone: +1 (647) 497-9373 Access Code: 417-341-797

During the Open House, there will also be an opportunity to provide comments using a live chat forum provided through the meeting link. Should you require any assistance, the Town can accommodate.

For more information on how to participate, or to receive hard copies of any information, please contact Zahrah Khan, Policy Planner II, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville at opreview@townofws.ca or (905) 640-1910 ext. 2329.


Other ways to Participate:

We need your input throughout the Official Plan Review process. There are a number of ways you can stay engaged, receive updates and provide your input:

Comments are requested by May 31, 2021.


The revised Discussion Papers are anticipated to be presented to Council in the summer of 2021 for endorsement.




Project Overview

The Official Plan Review is undertaken through a comprehensive review of key theme areas according to issues currently being addressed as a community. The comprehensive OPR work program includes the following phases:

  • Phase 1: Visioning and Consultation – will result in a community vision and guiding principles to inform future planning directions, by establishing what the community values and how the Town is envisioned to evolve over the next 25 years.

    The Draft Community Vision Summary Report was presented to Council on November 3, 2020. It summarized the findings of the Phase 1 consultation activities, including a new Draft Vision Statement and Guiding Principles that will inform the policy directions of the new Official Plan.

    Based upon the comments received, including the
    Public Open House held on September 23, 2020, an updated Draft Community Vision Summary Report, March 2021 was prepared.

  • Phase 2: Background Studies and Discussion Papers – will focus on data collection and the review of background information required to advance the OPR. This phase will also involve the preparation of various Discussion Papers to address the key themes related to growth management, the natural environment, healthy and complete communities, and general technical and housekeeping matters. This phase will culminate with a cursory review of the Secondary Plans to determine recommendations for a potential consolidation strategy.

  • Phase 3: Policy Development – will involve the preparation of Policy Directions Reports and the development of new and updated Official Plan policies to implement the preferred policy directions.

  • Phase 4: Draft New Official Plan – will involve the technical writing, reviewing, evaluating, and implementing policies for the new Official Plan based on work completed to-date.





The Town is currently consulting on the key issues and preliminary policy directions that will inform the preparation of the new Official Plan. We are seeking your input on a series of Draft Discussion Papers on key themes related to Complete Communities, the Natural Environment, Planning for Growth, and General Technical / Housekeeping Updates.


What Issues Need To Be Addressed in the New Official Plan?

The following Draft Discussion Papers and a One-Page Summary have been prepared for review and comment:


Two virtual Public Open Houses will be held on May 6, 2021 to present the Draft Discussion Papers and receive feedback. This is an opportunity for you to learn about the issues to be addressed in the Official Plan, ask questions and provide comments.


Please Join Us for our Second Virtual Open House:

We are seeking your input on Draft Discussion Papers on key themes related to Complete Communities, the Natural Environment, and Planning for Growth. This is an opportunity for you to learn about the issues to be addressed in the Town’s new Official Plan, ask questions and provide comments.


When & Where?

The Town will be hosting two Virtual Public Meetings on May 6, 2021:

Please pre-register for one of the meetings through: opreview.eventbrite.ca

  • Thursday, May 6, 2021 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
    gotomeet.me/WSP_PLAUD/wsopr1
    You can also dial in using your phone: +1 (647) 497-9391 Access Code: 932-986-013


  • Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
    gotomeet.me/WSP_PLAUD/wsopr2
    You can also dial in using your phone: +1 (647) 497-9373 Access Code: 417-341-797

During the Open House, there will also be an opportunity to provide comments using a live chat forum provided through the meeting link. Should you require any assistance, the Town can accommodate.

For more information on how to participate, or to receive hard copies of any information, please contact Zahrah Khan, Policy Planner II, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville at opreview@townofws.ca or (905) 640-1910 ext. 2329.


Other ways to Participate:

We need your input throughout the Official Plan Review process. There are a number of ways you can stay engaged, receive updates and provide your input:

Comments are requested by May 31, 2021.


The revised Discussion Papers are anticipated to be presented to Council in the summer of 2021 for endorsement.




Project Overview

The Official Plan Review is undertaken through a comprehensive review of key theme areas according to issues currently being addressed as a community. The comprehensive OPR work program includes the following phases:

  • Phase 1: Visioning and Consultation – will result in a community vision and guiding principles to inform future planning directions, by establishing what the community values and how the Town is envisioned to evolve over the next 25 years.

    The Draft Community Vision Summary Report was presented to Council on November 3, 2020. It summarized the findings of the Phase 1 consultation activities, including a new Draft Vision Statement and Guiding Principles that will inform the policy directions of the new Official Plan.

    Based upon the comments received, including the
    Public Open House held on September 23, 2020, an updated Draft Community Vision Summary Report, March 2021 was prepared.

  • Phase 2: Background Studies and Discussion Papers – will focus on data collection and the review of background information required to advance the OPR. This phase will also involve the preparation of various Discussion Papers to address the key themes related to growth management, the natural environment, healthy and complete communities, and general technical and housekeeping matters. This phase will culminate with a cursory review of the Secondary Plans to determine recommendations for a potential consolidation strategy.

  • Phase 3: Policy Development – will involve the preparation of Policy Directions Reports and the development of new and updated Official Plan policies to implement the preferred policy directions.

  • Phase 4: Draft New Official Plan – will involve the technical writing, reviewing, evaluating, and implementing policies for the new Official Plan based on work completed to-date.





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