Official Plan

The Official Plan describes the County of Haliburton upper and lower tier municipal council’s policies on how land in our community should be used. It is prepared with input from Council (county and municipal), public agencies and members of the public. This policy document helps to ensure that future planning and development will meet the specific needs of our community.

An official plan deals mainly with land use planning issues such as:

• Where new residential, commercial, industrial and recreational uses will be located;
• What services like roads, water mains, sewers, parks and schools will be needed;
• When, and in what order, parts of our community will grow;
• Community improvement initiatives.

Once the County of Haliburton Official Plan is updated it will:

• State the County general land use planning policies
• Make sure that growth and development meets the needs of our communities and is coordinated between the local municipalities
• Clearly identifies how lands and resources are to be used today and into the future
• Provide a framework for establishing local Official Plans, zoning by-laws and other planning documents to set local regulations and standards
• Identifies Council’s commitment to the future of our County and all our communities

Update Process

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) is the approval authority for the County of Haliburton Official Plan. The Official Plan is required to be updated every five years. The purpose of the update is to ensure policies meet the needs and direction of the county, ensure consistency with provincial policy and regulations, have regard for matters of provincial interest and cannot conflict with any provincial plans in effect.

When council prepares an official plan, it shall be consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement 2014 and conform to, or not conflict, with any applicable provincial plans. The Provincial Policy Statement contains clear, overall policy directions on matters of provincial interest related to land use planning and development. The “shall be consistent with” rule means that a council is obliged to ensure that policies under the Provincial Policy Statement are applied as an essential part of the land use planning decision-making process. Council will implement the Provincial Policy Statement in the context of other planning objectives and local circumstances.


Notice Public Meeting – Official Plan Update – April 26, 2017

Notice of Special Meeting of County Council – April 29th 2015
A Special Meeting of County Council – April 29, 2015 – Presentation Slides
Notice of Public Open House – Friday, August 14th, 2015


Adopted Official Plan – 2017

Draft Official Plan – 2017

Draft Schedules – 2017

Draft Official Plan – 2016

Draft Schedules – 2016

Official Plan Draft Policies – August 2015

Draft Schedules – August 2015

Official Plan 2010

Contact information

For further information regarding the County of Haliburton’s Official Plan 2015 update, please contact Charlsey White, Director of Planning:

Phone: 705-286-1333 x222
Email: cwhite@county.haliburton.on.ca


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