Halton Region releases Notice of Decision approving the new Burlington Official Plan, endorsed by City Council

On Nov. 30, Halton Region released a final Notice of Decision approving the new Burlington Official Plan, as modified and previously endorsed by Burlington City Council on Nov. 26, 2020. With the final Notice of Decision, a twenty-day appeal period has begun, running from Nov. 30 to Dec. 21, 2020. Information about how to file an appeal is available in the Notice of Decision.

The Notice of Decision from Halton Region considers that the new City of Burlington Official Plan conforms to, or does not conflict with, the Regional Official Plan, is consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement 2020, and conforms to, or does not conflict with, the applicable Provincial Plans and policies.

The modifications presented in the final Notice of Decision address the issues of non-conformity, changes to Provincial Plans and policies, and Official Plan Amendments and the need to balance Regional and Provincial conformity requirements. In addition, the modifications capture endorsed policy modifications related to two areas identified by Council for re-examination and refinement. The policies of the Official Plan with the recommended modifications establish a comprehensive policy framework to a planning horizon of 2031.

For a detailed description of the modifications, please refer to staff report PL-22-20. To view a complete listing of the modifications to the adopted Burlington Official Plan (2018), please refer to the final Notice of Decision.

To learn more about Halton Region’s decision, including how to file an appeal, please refer to the Notice of Decision.

Next Steps

Sections of the Official Plan where a Notice of Appeal has not been filed as of Dec. 21, 2020, will come into effect on Dec. 22, 2020. At the appropriate time, through consultation with City legal staff, planning staff will bring forward a repeal bylaw for the former Burlington Official Plan.

For more information, visit the new Official Plan website at burlington.ca/newop.

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