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This page contains the accessible version of the information that was presented at a series of training sessions on Amendment 1 in February, 2012. You may also choose to download a PDF of the original presentation.


Amendment 1 (2012) to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006

Training Session

This presentation has been prepared for education purposes only and deals in a summarized fashion with Amendment 1 (2012) to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006 and O. Reg. 311/06. This presentation should not be relied upon as a substitute for specialized legal or professional advice in connection with any particular matter. Although this presentation has been carefully prepared, the Ministry does not accept any legal responsibility for its contents or for any consequences, including direct or indirect liability, arising from its use.


Purpose of Training Session

  • To describe the policies in Amendment 1, and the modifications made to O.Reg 311/06 on transition.
  • To answer questions and clarify any issues about Amendment 1 and transition.



Outline of Session

  • Context: The Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Simcoe Sub-Area
  • Overview of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006 and Amendment 1 (2012)
  • Policies in Amendment 1 to the Growth Plan
  • Implementation and Next steps
    • Transition Provisions
    • Official Plan Conformity
    • Release of alternative targets and details on employment areas and employment districts
  • Questions



Amendment 1: How We Got Here

Image of Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshow, 2006 document
June 2006

Image of Simoe Vision document
June 2009

Image of Proposed Amendment1 document
October 2010

Image of Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006, Office Consolidation, 2012 document
January 2012


Simcoe Area: A Strategic Vision for Growth, 2009

  • Established an approach for sustainable growth.
  • 90-day consultation period, 117 submissions received.

Proposed Amendment 1, 2010

  • Built on Vision paper and consultation feedback.
  • 95 day consultation period, 176 written submissions received, 5 public meetings.



The Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Simcoe Sub-area




The Greater Golden Horseshoe

Map showing the Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan Area. This area is comprised of the Region of Niagara, Haldimand County, City of Hamilton, County of Brant, City of Brantford, Region of Waterloo, County of Wellington, City of Guelph, Region of Halton, County of Dufferin, Region of Peel, County of Simcoe, City of Barrie, City of Orillia, Region of York, City of Toronto, Region of Durham, City of Kawartha Lakes, County of Peterborough, City of Peterborough and County of Northumberland. The Growth Plan Area is defined by Ontario Regulation 416/05.
  • 32,000 square kilometres.
  • 21 counties and regions, comprising 110 different municipalities.
  • Forecast to increase by 3.7 million new residents between 2001- 2031 (to 11.5 million).
  • A significant portion is attributable to immigration.



The Greater Golden Horseshoe

image of Toronto skyline

A highly diverse region:

  • Heavily urbanized Greater Toronto Area.
  • Dozens of mid-sized cities and small towns.
  • Some of the best agricultural lands and key natural areas in Canada.


image of farm image of urban streetscape image of park



The Simcoe Sub-area

Map showing the Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan Area with a circle around the Simcoe Sub-area, which includes the County of Simcoe, City of Barrie and City of Orillia.
  • The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe has been in effect for over 5 years and results are being seen.
  • The Simcoe Sub-area (including Simcoe County, Barrie and Orillia) is facing strong development pressures.
  • The Simcoe Sub-area is forecast to grow to 667,000 people by 2031, compared to 437,100 in 2006.
  • The Simcoe Sub-area is home to important environmental assets
    • Lake Simcoe, and
    • high quality agricultural lands.




The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006, and Amendment 1 (2012)




Growth Plan Objectives

Urban streetscape. Hayfield and barn. People boarding a bus in an urban area.
  • Create complete communities that have a good mix of shops, services, schools, offices and homes.
  • Revitalize urban centres to become vibrant, diverse and walkable.
  • Increase transportation options and reduce gridlock.
  • Build better suburbs, curb urban sprawl and protect farmlands and greenspace.




The Growth Plan Policies

The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2006) continues to apply to the Simcoe Sub-Area as modified by Amendment 1 (2012).

Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshow, 2006 document
  • Managing Growth
  • Designated Greenfield Areas
  • General Intensification and Intensification areas
  • Settlement Area Boundary Expansions
  • Urban Growth Centres
  • Employment Lands
  • Rural Areas



The Release of Amendment 1

Amendment 1 modifies the Growth Plan.

Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshow, 2006 document

The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2006) + Amendment 1 (2012)

  • On January 19, 2012, the Minister of Infrastructure released Amendment 1 (2012) to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2006).
  • The Ontario Regulation 311/06 was amended to set out how Amendment 1 applies to matters in-process and awaiting a decision as of January 19, 2012.
  • Amendment 1 (2012) forms a new Section 6, Schedule 7, Schedule 8 and new definitions in the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2006).



Amendment 1: Key Policy Areas

Amendment 1 contains four policy areas for ensuring sustainable, long-term growth in the Simcoe Sub-area.

  • Allocating population and employment growth to support the primary settlement areas and other serviced settlement areas.
  • Identifying primary settlement areas that are the focus for growth and intensification.
  • Providing flexibility to approve development in existing settlement areas.
  • Identifying employment areas and economic districts to support jobs and investment.



Amendment 1 Policies




Schedule 7 Growth Forecast for the Simcoe Sub-area

Schedule 3 and Schedule 7

Schedule 3 contains aggregated forecasts for Simcoe County, Barrie and Orillia to 2031.

  • Schedule 7 distributes the Schedule 3 forecast to 2031 for the municipalities in the Simcoe Sub-area.
  • The population and employment forecast have remained the same as those proposed in October 2010.



6.2 Growth Forecasts

6.2.1 Notwithstanding policy 5.4.2.2(a), lower-tier municipalities in the County shall use the population and employment forecasts contained in Schedule 7 for planning and managing growth in the Simcoe Sub-area. In the application of the policies of this Plan, in the Simcoe Sub-area Schedule 7 will be applied instead of Schedule 3.

Policy 5.4.2.2(a) of the Growth Plan provides direction for upper-tier municipalities to allocate growth forecasts to lower-tier municipalities.




6.2 Growth Forecasts (cont'd)

6.2.2 The employment forecasts in Schedule 7 include employment located in the strategic settlement employment areas and economic employment districts.

6.2.3 The Minister of Infrastructure will review the forecasts contained in Schedule 7 in conjunction with the review of Schedule 3, and in consultation with municipalities in the Simcoe Sub-area, and may revise the forecasts.




6.3.1 Primary Settlement Areas

Schedule 8 from the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Map showing the Simcoe Sub-area. The Simcoe Sub-area includes the County of Simcoe, City of Barrie and City of Orillia. The map conceptually shows seven primary settlement areas, which are, the Town of Collingwood, Alliston, Town of Midland and Town of Penetanguishene, City of Barrie, Bradford, Alcona and City of Orillia. The map also conceptually shows the Bradford West Gwillimbury Strategic Settlement Employment Area, Innisfil Heights Strategic Settlement Employment Area, Lake Simcoe Regional Airport Economic Employment District and the Rama Road Economic Employment District.

6.3.1.1 Primary settlement areas for the Simcoe Sub-area are identified in Schedule 8.

  • Alcona
  • Alliston
  • Barrie
  • Bradford
  • Collingwood
  • Midland/Penetanguishene
  • Orillia



6.3.1 Primary Settlement Areas (cont'd)

6.3.1.2 Municipalities with primary settlement areas will, in their official plans and other supporting documents

  1. identify primary settlement areas
  2. identify and plan for intensification areas within primary settlement areas
  3. plan to create complete communities within primary settlement areas
  4. ensure the development of high quality urban form and public open spaces within primary settlement areas through site design and urban design standards that create attractive and vibrant places that support walking and cycling for everyday activities and are transit-supportive.

6.3.1.3 Primary settlement areas in the County will be identified in the official plan of the County of Simcoe.




6.3.1 Primary Settlement Areas (cont'd)

6.3.1.4 The Town of Innisfil, Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury and the Town of New Tecumseth will direct a significant portion of population and employment growth forecasted in Schedule 7 to the applicable primary settlement areas.
The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury and the Town of Innisfil, in planning to meet their employment forecasts, may direct appropriate employment to the Bradford West Gwillimbury strategic settlement employment area and the Innisfil Heights strategic settlement employment area respectively.

Changes from Proposed Amendment 1, 2010:

  • "Primary Settlement Area" changed from "Urban Node"
  • Alcona has been added as a Primary Settlement Area



6.3.2 Settlement Areas

  • Proposed Amendment 1 (October 2010) proposed to require the County of Simcoe and its area municipalities to identify interim settlement area boundaries to manage the oversupply of land.
  • This requirement has been removed from Amendment 1, 2012. Policy 6.3.2 now provides flexibility for municipalities in Simcoe County to approve development in existing settlement areas.

Civic building

Small town main street




Policy Direction for Existing Settlement Areas in Simcoe County

Diagram illustrating the policy direction for Existing Settlement Areas in Simcoe County. Existing Settlement Area Boundary may include Lands for Urban Uses (including Built up-area) and Lands Not for Urban Uses.

Existing Settlement Area Boundary




6.3.2.1 Settlement Areas

6.3.2.1 Development may be approved in settlement areas in excess of what is needed to accommodate the forecasts in Schedule 7, provided the development

  1. contributes to the achievement of the intensification targets and density targets identified by the Minister in accordance with policy 6.5.3
  2. is on lands for urban uses as of January 19, 2012
  3. can be serviced in accordance with applicable provincial plans and provincial policies
  4. is in accordance with the requirements of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan, 2009, if applicable.



6.3.2.2 Settlement Areas

6.3.2.2 The County may approve adopted official plans or adopted official plan amendments regarding lands within a settlement area that redesignate lands not for urban uses to lands for urban uses that are in excess of what is needed for a time horizon of up to 20 years or to accommodate the forecasts in Schedule 7, whichever is sooner, provided it is demonstrated that this growth-

  1. can be serviced in accordance with applicable provincial plans and provincial policies
  2. contributes to the achievement of the intensification target and density target set in accordance with policy 6.5.3
  3. contributes to the development of a complete community
  4. is subject to phasing policies
  5. contributes to the achievement of the jobs to residents ratio in Schedule 7 for the lower-tier municipality
  6. is in accordance with the requirements of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan, 2009, if applicable
  7. is supported by appropriate transportation infrastructure and is in accordance with any transportation guidelines and policies developed by the County of Simcoe
  8. is in accordance with any additional growth management policies specified by the County of Simcoe that do not conflict with the policies in this Plan.



6.3.2 Settlement Areas (cont'd)

6.3.2.3 The sum of all population growth accommodated on lands for urban uses approved pursuant to policy 6.3.2.2 shall not exceed a total population of 20,000 for the County of Simcoe.

6.3.2.4 Municipalities in the County of Simcoe may approve development on lands for urban uses approved pursuant to policies 6.3.2.2 and 6.3.2.3.

6.3.2.5 Policies 6.3.2.2 and 6.3.2.3 will apply to the County of Simcoe and its lower-tier municipalities until January 19, 2017.




6.3.2 Settlement Areas (cont'd)

6.3.2.6 The County of Simcoe Council will monitor and report annually on approvals made pursuant to policies 6.3.2.2 and 6.3.2.3.

6.3.2.7 Settlement area boundary expansions are subject to policy 2.2.8 of this Plan, except policies 2.2.8.2(a)(i) and 2.2.8.2(i).

Policies 2.2.8.2(a)(i) and 2.2.8.2 (i) of the Growth Plan provide for consideration of regional market area and a population: employment ratio in determining need for a settlement area expansion.

Since Amendment 1 allocates forecasts to area municipalities, these criteria no longer apply.




6.3.2 Settlement Areas (cont'd)

6.3.2.8 In addition to policy 4.2.4 of this Plan, municipalities in the Simcoe Sub-area are encouraged to achieve greater efficiency and conservation in energy, water and wastewater management through building and community design.

6.3.2.9 The County of Simcoe and the lower-tier municipalities in the County shall establish and implement phasing policies to ensure the orderly and timely progression of development on lands for urban uses.

6.3.2.10 The County of Simcoe will develop and implement through its official plan, policies to implement policy 6.3.2.

Policy 4.2.4 of the Growth Plan directs municipalities to develop official plan policies in support of water and energy conservation, air quality protection, integrated waste management and cultural heritage conservation.




6.4 Employment Lands

Map showing Simcoe Sub-area.

6.4.1 Schedule 8 identifies:

  • The Bradford West Gwillimbury strategic settlement employment area;
  • The Innisfil Heights strategic settlement employment area;
  • The Lake Simcoe Regional Airport economic employment district ; and,
  • The Rama Road economic employment district.



6.4 Employment Lands (cont'd)

6.4.2 The Minister of Infrastructure, in consultation with other Ministers of the Crown, and affected municipalities and stakeholders, will determine the location and boundaries of strategic settlement employment areas, and may establish as appropriate the following:

  1. Permitted uses, and the mix and percentage of certain uses;
  2. Permitted uses for specific areas within the strategic settlement employment areas;
  3. Lot sizes; and
  4. Any additional policies and definitions that apply to these areas.



6.4 Employment Lands (cont'd)

6.4.3 The Minister of Infrastructure, in consultation with other Ministers of the Crown, and affected municipalities and stakeholders, will determine the location and boundaries, and establish as appropriate the uses permitted in the economic employment districts.

6.4.4 The Minister of Infrastructure may review and amend decisions made pursuant to policies 6.4.2 and 6.4.3. Municipalities in the Simcoe Sub-area may request the Minister to consider a review.




6.4 Employment Lands (cont'd)

6.4.5 The County of Simcoe and lower-tier municipalities in the County in which the strategic settlement employment areas and economic employment districts are located, will delineate the areas and districts, as determined by the Minister of Infrastructure, in their official plans.

6.4.6 The lower-tier municipalities in the County in which the strategic settlement employment areas and economic employment districts are located will develop official plan policies to implement the matters determined by the Minister of Infrastructure in accordance with policies 6.4.2, 6.4.3, and 6.4.4, as applicable.




6.4 Employment Lands (cont'd)

6.4.7 Although not settlement areas, the strategic settlement employment areas and economic employment districts are considered designated greenfield area for the purposes of policies 2.2.7.2, 2.2.7.3, and 2.2.7.5 of this Plan.

Policies 2.2.7.3 and 2.2.7.5 speak to the measurement of the density target of the designated greenfield area and the Minister's ability to permit an alternative target.




6.4 Employment Lands (cont'd)

Commercial land use along highway.

6.4.8 For lands within strategic settlement employment areas and the economic employment districts the municipality can identify the natural heritage systems, features, and areas for protection.




6.5 Implementation

Market on a main street.

6.5.1 The policies in Section 6 apply only to the Simcoe Sub-area.

6.5.2 For the Simcoe Sub-area, where there is a conflict between policies in Section 6, Schedule 7, and Schedule 8 and the remainder of this Plan, the policies in Section 6, Schedule 7, and Schedule 8 prevail.




6.5 Implementation (cont'd)

6.5.3 Notwithstanding policies 5.4.2.2(b) and 5.4.2.2(c), the Minister of Infrastructure will identify for the County of Simcoe and the lower-tier municipalities in the County intensification targets to achieve the intensification target, and identify density targets to achieve the density target for designated greenfield areas.

Policies 5.4.2.2(b) and 5.4.2.2(c) provide direction for upper-tier municipalities to identify the intensification targets and density targets for the lower-tier municipalities.




Implementation and Next Steps




Transition - How applications in process are affected by Amendment 1

  • The effective date of Amendment 1 and amendments to Ontario Regulation 311/06 is January 19, 2012.
  • Generally, O.Reg 311/06 sets out that where a matter under the Planning Act or Condominium Act, 1998 is in-process and awaiting a decision on January 19, 2012:
    • Amendment 1 applies to official plans, official plan amendments, zoning by-law amendments, applications for plans of subdivision, and applications for approval of, or exemption from approval of, a condominium commenced after June 16, 2006, but before January 19, 2012.
    • Amendment 1 does not apply to site plan approvals, minor variances, consents commenced after June 16, 2006 but before January 19, 2012 and any matters before the Ontario Municipal Board where the hearing is complete but no decision has been issued.



Transition - How applications in process are affected by Amendment 1 (cont'd)

  • Most matters that commenced before June 16, 2006 and which were not subject to the Growth Plan, are not subject to the Growth Plan, as amended.
  • Amendment 1 applies to all matters commenced on or after January 19, 2012.
  • The transition regulation should be fully reviewed and the respective legal counsel consulted regarding the application of the transition provisions on specific matters.



Transition Regulation: Special Rule

  • Official Plan Amendment(s) to re-designate lands to urban uses within a settlement area will be considered under policy 6.3.2.1 and not policy 6.3.2.2 where:
    • The OPA has been approved by Simcoe County
    • The OPA is appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board but no decision has been made as of January 19, 2012
    • Plan(s) of subdivision or condominium have been made for all or part of the same lands in the OPA.

If all criteria are met

  • On, up to 300 ha of land per OMB hearing on the OPAs, development can be approved under policy 6.3.2.1 instead of 6.3.2.2.
  • These same lands (up to 300 ha) must be subject to a complete plan of subdivision or condominium application, where applicable.



Next Steps - Conformity

  • Under section 12 of the Places to Grow Act, 2005, the official plan of a municipality must be brought into conformity with a growth plan, including any amendments.
  • Municipalities have 3 years from January 19, 2012 to bring their official plans into conformity.
  • Simcoe County has already undertaken a significant amount of work. Conformity is anticipated to be able to take place in less than 3 years.
  • The Ministry of Infrastructure will support the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in its work with the County to resolve the County Official Plan.



Next Steps Release of Minister's Details

Alternative Targets & Employment Area details:

  • Under the policies of Amendment 1, the Minister of Infrastructure will provide:
    • Alternative intensification and density targets for Simcoe County and the lower-tier municipalities in the County; and,
    • Details on the boundaries and permitted uses of the strategic settlement employment areas and economic employment districts.



Next Steps

  • Release materials and the Growth Plan, as consolidated, are available at www.placestogrow.ca
  • The Ministry of Infrastructure is committed to continued dialogue. For more information contact:

Ontario Growth Secretariat
Ministry of Infrastructure
777 Bay Street, Suite 425
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2E5
Phone (416) 325-1210 or 1 (866) 479-9781
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Questions?

This presentation has been prepared for education purposes only and deals in a summarized fashion with Amendment 1 (2012) to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006 and O. Reg. 311/06. This presentation should not be relied upon as a substitute for specialized legal or professional advice in connection with any particular matter. Although this presentation has been carefully prepared, the Ministry does not accept any legal responsibility for its contents or for any consequences, including direct or indirect liability, arising from its use.

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