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Official Plan and Zoning By-law Update


The Official Plan is a statement of the Township's goals, objectives and policies used to guide future growth, land use and development within the Township of Tay for the next 20-25 years. The current Official Plan was adopted by Council on July 8th, 1998 and approved by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs on February 23rd, 1999.

The Zoning By-law regulates land use and establishes minimum standards for the development of properties, buildings and structures. The current General Zoning By-law was passed by Council on November 9, 2000.

Purpose of Review

The review was initiated in order to update planning policies and regulations of the Township to meet Provincial Policies and Plans and matters of provincial interest, and initiatives and legislation such as; Severn Sound Sustainability Plan (2009), Source Water Protection, Green Energy Act, Bill 140 (Affordable Housing), and others. The review of the Official Plan and Zoning By-law will update or replace the current versions.

The Review Process

The Planning and Development Department, along with Council, has hired Steve Weaver from GSP Group to conduct the Review. The process involves three stages; Stage 1: Background Research, Official Plan and Zoning By-law Review, Stage 2: Draft Official Plan and Zoning By-law and Stage 3: Finalize Official Plan and Zoning By-law. The Objectives of the Review are to:

  • Address Provincial and County requirements
  • Implement the Source Water Protection Plan
  • Integrate and update environmental policies
  • Address issues with the existing Official Plan and Zoning By-law
  • Streamline the documents and make them more user-friendly
  • Introduce complete application requirements; and
  • To provide new mapping

Public Consultation

Ongoing public consultation is a key element of this process. Keep an eye on our website for updates or contact the Planning and Development department to provide your input.


Draft Official Plan (May 2018)

Draft Zoning By-law (May 2018)

Draft Zoning Schedules (May 2018)

Draft Zoning Site Specific Exceptions (May 2018)

Public Meeting Staff Report - May 16, 2018

Public Meeting Presentation - May 16, 2018

Presentation to Planning and Development Committee - June 17, 2015

Report to Planning and Development Committee - June 17, 2015