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The Review - October 18th Edition

Posted On: Thursday, October 19, 2023

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The Review - October 18th Edition

Official Plan Phase 2 Update & Workshop Announcement

October 2, 2023

The Town would like to provide an update to residents regarding Phase 2 of the Official Plan Review. The Town would also like to thank residents for their patience as Town staff worked to confirm the public workshop schedule.

Details regarding the Phase 2 survey results, background papers and public workshops are listed below:

Phase 2 Survey Results
The Phase 2 Official Plan Review and Community Design Guidelines Survey closed on August 13, 2023 and received 603 responses. A report summarizing the survey response is available on the project webpage. The responses will be used to inform policy development throughout Phase 2.

Background Papers
Ten Background Papers are complete and can be accessed on the project webpage. The final two Background Papers, the Building Heights Study and Housing Needs Assessment, will be available in October ahead of the scheduled public workshops. The Background Papers serve as a starting point for discussions and do not preclude further analysis or other policy update recommendations as the process continues.

Public Workshops
Public workshops seeking input on Phase 2 of the Official Plan Review project have been scheduled throughout November. These workshops will engage the public by taking a closer look at critical topics as they relate to future land-use decisions in the Town. There will be two types of workshops: large-format sessions and drop-in sessions.

The large-format sessions will provide an overview and consider all the Background Paper topics. The sessions have been grouped by theme to encourage residents to attend the sessions that are of greatest interest. The first hour of the large-format sessions will include an overview of the Background Papers presented by project consultants from SGL Planning & Design Inc., followed by a Q&A period led by Mayor Andrea Matrosovs. During the second hour, breakout tables will be available for each topic with presentation boards and a facilitator.

The presentation and Q&A will be conducted both in-person and virtually via Microsoft Teams. The breakout table sessions will be in person only. Registration is required, and attendees are encouraged to submit questions on topics of interest in advance. To register, please visit the project webpage.

  • #1 - Environment, Climate Change, Agriculture & Parks Workshop
    Saturday, November 4, 9:30am - 12:00pm
    Town Hall, 32 Mill Street, Thornbury & Virtual
    This workshop will consider policy updates to Environment and Climate Change, Agriculture and Rural Lands, Parks and Open Space, Source Water Protection and Cannabis Facilities.
  • #2 - Infrastructure, Transportation, Commercial & Indigenous Engagement Workshop
    Thursday. November 16, 2:00 - 4:30pm
    Town Hall, 32 Mill Street, Thornbury & Virtual
    This workshop will consider policy updates to Infrastructure and Servicing, Transit and Transportation, Commercial Employment Lands, Indigenous Engagement and the Community Planning Permit System.
  • #3 - Growth, Density, Housing, Building Height, Character and Community Design
    Thursday, November 30, 2:00 – 5:00pm
    Town Hall, 32 Mill Street, Thornbury & Virtual This workshop will provide a refresher on the Phase 1 topics of Growth Management, Housing and Density and consider policy updates to Housing Needs Assessment, Building Height, Character and Community Design Guidelines.

The Drop-in Sessions will provide a more informal opportunity for residents to attend and discuss all Official Plan topics with Town staff and project consultants from SGL Planning & Design Inc. Breakout tables will be available for each topic with presentation boards and a facilitator. There are no formal presentations, and registration is not required.

  • Ravenna Hall Drop-in Session
    Wednesday, November 8, 12:00 - 4:00pm
    Ravenna Hall, 628299 Grey County Road 119, Ravenna
  • Marsh Street Centre Drop-in Session
    Saturday, November 18, 12:00 - 4:00pm
    Marsh Street Centre, 187 Marsh Street, Clarksburg
  • Craigleith Community Centre Drop-in Session
    Saturday, December 2, 9:30 am – 12:30pm
    Craigleith Community Centre, 132 Lakeshore Road, Craigleith

Comments and feedback throughout the project can be shared directly with the Official Plan project staff anytime through the contact form on the project webpage.

For more information or to subscribe for project updates, please visit the project webpage or contact:

Shawn Postma, MCIP RPP
Manager of Community Planning
(519) 599-3131 ext. 248


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