Joe Gallivan
Director of Planning and Economic Development

2069 Battersea Road
Glenburnie, Ontario
K0H 1S0

Phone 613 548-9400 ext 350


Frontenac County Official Plan Approved by Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing MMAH January 11, 2016

This is a link to the County of Frontenac Official Plan, approved by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

The Frontenac County Official Plan creates the framework for guiding land use changes in the County over the next 20 years to 2034 by protecting and managing the natural environment, directing and influencing growth patterns and facilitating the vision of the County as expressed through its residents. This Plan also provides the avenue through which Provincial Policy is implemented into the local context. The Plan is also a major cornerstone in the implementation of Directions for Our Future, the County's sustainability plan.

Below is a trail of the history of the Official Plan at the County

Frontenac County Official Plan: Adopted October 29, 2014.

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 the Council of the County of Frontenac voted unanimously to adopt the long-awaited County Official Plan (OP). Click here to read the full media release.

Click here to access: (1) the October 15th Council Report, (2), the Official Plan Public Meeting Minutes (September 22, 2014), and (3) the Final Draft of the County Official Plan, dated October 2014.

Read on for more on the development of the Official Plan.

Frontenac County has embarked on creating a new Official Plan with the goal of having the plan approved by County Council in 2014. This will be the first Official Plan for the Frontenacs at the regional level, and it will join other Counties in Eastern Ontario that already have these plans, including Peterborough, Haliburton, Stormont Dundas & Glengarry, Lanark, Renfrew, Hastings, and Prescott and Russell.

An Official Plan is a legal document that provides land use policies regarding growth and development while taking into consideration important social, economic, and environmental issues. Section 16 of the Ontario Planning Act provides local governments the authority to prepare these plans.

Third Draft of the County of Frontenac Official Plan

The public was invited to review the third draft of the County Official Plan at a public meeting on Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 6:00 p.m., at the Verona Lions Hall, 4504 Verona Sand Road.

It is the opinion of planning staff that this Third Draft meets the balance of establishing a vision for a regional plan for the Frontenacs and at the same time being consistent with the 2014 Provincial Policy Statement. The draft Plan as revised provides a clear understanding of how County Council will be involved in regional planning issues to help with the stability and growth of the Frontenacs, and in association with the PPS will guide the development of more detailed land use policies for the Township Official Plans.

Click here to read:

  1. The staff report "County Official Plan - Review of Ministry of Municipal Affairs Comments and Proposed Third Draft",
  2. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing 'One Window' Comments annotated with County Staff Comments / Recommendations, and
  3. The County Official Plan 3rd Draft (with highlighted revisions).

Second Draft of County of Frontenac Official Plan

The Second Draft of an Official Plan for Frontenac County was received by County Council on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013. This revised draft was an evolution on the first version released in June, 2013. It is based on direction provided by County Council to develop a 'high level' regional plan to deal with planning issues that cross political jurisdictions, unlike the Township Official Plans that are detailed and which focus on growth within their municipal boundaries.

This Second Draft was developed and modified as a result of comments and ideas received by citizens, the Township Councils and staff, and a variety of community organizations. Many useful suggestions came as a result of the public comments that were provided at the Open House meetings held in Plevna, Sharbot Lake, Sydenham, Howe Island and Wolfe Island throughout the summers of 2012 and 2013.

County Council reviewed the Second Draft in detail at a Committee of the Whole meeting on December 4th, 2013. Based on Council suggestions, the Second Draft was revised slightly and Council subsequently passed a motion to send the Plan to the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs (the approval authority) for their preliminary review and to begin the conversation on the type of regional plan that Frontenac County is working on. Comments are expected to be received by April and will be reviewed by Council.

Public consultation will continue at the release of this Second Draft. The goal remains to have a County Official Plan endorsed and adopted by County Council following a Public Meeting this coming Spring with formal approval by MMAH to follow.

Click here to view the annotated second draft (November 20th, 2013) of the County of Frontenac's Official Plan (annotated)

Click here to view the revised second draft of the County of Frontenac's Official Plan (December 4th, 2013) which has been sent to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs for review

Click the following to view the County staff report dated November 20th and Appendices:

1)    Staff report dated Novmber 20th on the revised County Official Plan

    (a)  Appendix 1 to staff report - explains changes made to each section of the Plan

    (b)  Appendix 2 to staff report - copies of correspondence received to October, 2013 regarding the 1st draft of the Official Plan

Click here to review the revised workplan for the remainder of 2013 and 2014

Click here to view a PDF that explains County Planning at a glance

Click here to view the County Official Plan Basis Document (May, 2012)

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