Official Plan Review

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Every five years, municipalities are required by Section 26 of Ontario's Planning Act to conduct an Official Plan Review to ensure that it:

  • Conforms with provincial plans or does not conflict with them
  • Has regard to the matters of provincial interest
  • Is consistent with the provincial policy statement
  • Conforms with the County of Middlesex Official Plan

The municipality is in the process of reviewing the Southwest Middlesex Official Plan to ensure that it conforms to the latest provincial policies and County Official Plan, and will generally be updated to reflect the current social, cultural, economic, and natural environment of Southwest Middlesex.  The review will also consider all relevant planning related studies and reports completed by the Municipality of Southwest Middlesex and County of Middlesex since the current Official Plan was adopted in 2008.

Official Plan Amendment No. 3-As Adopted

What is an Official Plan?

The Southwest Middlesex Official Plan is a municipal policy document created under the Planning Act that sets out a land use policy vision based on long-term goals and objectives.  It contains policies to guide and manage land use, development and growth within Southwest Middlesex.  It applies to all lands within the jurisdiction of the Municipality and is an important tool to ensure growth is appropriately managed by protecting and managing resources including agricultural land and natural areas as well as guiding development and redevelopment opportunities in conjunction with municipal infrastructure.  It also forms the basis for zoning and other land use controls. 

The Municipality's current Official Plan is available to download and review - Official Plan

Official Plan Review Process?

Phase 1:  Project Launch

Phase 2:  Special Meeting of Council

Phase 3:  Council Workshop

Phase 4:  Statutory Public Meeting

Phase 5:  Adoption of Official Plan Amendment by Southwest Middlesex Council

Phase 6:  Approval by Middlesex County Council

Meetings and Reports
Upcoming Meetings:


    Past Meetings:

    October 12, 2022

    Project Launch Meeting - April 27, 2022

    Special Meeting of Council - June 22, 2022

    Council Workshop - July 27, 2022

    Statutory Public Meeting - August 24, 2022

    Take Part in the Process

    There are several opportunities for members of the public to share their thoughts and views on the current Official Plan and proposed policy changes through this Review.  Below you'll find information on how you can get involved now, and what opportunities you will have to get involved in the coming months.

    How do I attend future meetings?

    Visit our YouTube channel during the special meeting to view a live-stream of the proceedings.  The video will also be available on this channel at the conclusion of the meeting.  Previous recordings of meetings are also available on this channel.

    How do I participate in future meetings?

    You can email your comments to the Municipality's Clerk ahead of a scheduled meeting.

    You can also join a Zoom meeting via phone or video by email or calling the Clerk at 519-287-2015 x8120.

    When a meeting is posted, you are kindly asked to register as soon as possible to provide an orderly registration process and meeting.

    Background Materials & Documents
    For More Information 

    This webpage is intended to supplement the statutory notice and information requirements under the Planning Act.  Should you have any questions regarding the Official Plan Review process or wish to offer comments, please contact:

    Stephanie Poirier, B.A., MCC
    Planner, County of Middlesex

    Kendra Kettler, Clerk