A general review and update of the existing Cobourg Official Plan and Secondary Plan policies is required to ensure consistency and effectiveness in accordance with provincial and local initiatives.
Official Plan Review Terms of Reference
Provincial Growth Plan
Provincial Policy Statement
Urban Design Guidelines July Draft
Existing Official Plan with Tracked Changes (September 2009)
Offical Plan Schedules (September 2009)
Draft Official Plan Amendment No 69 (September 2009)
Comment Summary and Discussion Report (December 23, 2009)
Draft Official Plan Amendment No 69 (May 2010)
Final Draft Urban Design Guidelines (April 2010) (13 meg in size)
Urban and Landscape Design Guidelines Regarding Drive Through Uses (Aug 4, 2010)
Urban and Landscape Design Guidelines Regarding Drive Through Uses - Newspaper Ad
Final Urban and Landscape Design Guidelines (September 2010) (13 meg in size)
Second Comment Summary and Discussion Report (May 3, 2010)
Final Consolidated Offical Plan Schedules (May 2010)
Notice of the Adoption of an Official Plan Amendment (Five Year Review)
County of Northumberland Growth Management Study
The Growth Plan requires all municipalities to develop and implement, through their official plans and other documents, a strategy and policies to phase in and achieve intensification and the related intensification target established by the Province. The Plan requires that where planning is not conducted by an upper tier government (such is the case in Northumberland County), the affected lower tier municipalities and the upper-tier municipality will work together to implement the following policies found under Section 126.96.36.199 of the Growth Plan:
$ Allocate the growth forecasts provided in Schedule 3 to the lower-tier municipalities.
$ Identify intensification targets for lower-tier municipalities, to achieve the intensification target and density targets for urban growth centres where applicable.
$ Identify density targets for the designated Greenfield areas of the lower-tier municipalities, to achieve the density target for designated Greenfield areas.
$ Provide policy direction on matters that cross municipal boundaries.
The County of Northumberland is the upper tier level of municipal government for seven local municipalities, however the County does not have a planning function or Official Plan. Accordingly, the County of Northumberland, in partnership with the Province and local area municipalities, is currently undertaking a comprehensive Growth Management planning exercise in an effort to properly implement the intensification and growth allocation policies.
A key component of the Cobourg Official Plan Review process is to draw upon the data compiled from the County Growth Management Study and incorporate policies which appropriately reflect the principles of the Provincial Growth Plan.
For additional information regarding the County Growth Management Study, please go to the County website “www.northumberlandcounty.ca”
Official Plan Review Study Process
The Official Plan Review will be undertaken in the following Stages:
1. Background Review and Policy Option Formulation
This stage involves the background research and the development of an urban design vision. This information will be summarized in a report, together with options for future policy directions. A public open house and workshop will be held to review the results of this work.
2. Official Plan Amendment Preparation
Based on the background work, a draft Official Plan amendment will be prepared, as well as draft urban design and landscape guidelines. The draft documents will be reviewed at a public open house and workshop before being revised. The revised documents will be subject to formal public review at a public meeting held in accordance with the requirements of the Planning Act.
The work program is summarized in the following flow chart. The study schedule is designed so that the project is completed by the summer of 2009. However, the schedule as proposed may be modified depending on the status of the County’s Growth Management Study.
Public input is a key component of the study and is welcomed throughout the Official Plan Review process, with public open houses/workshops/meetings being held at key points in accordance with the work program. The website will provide links to public notices, and notes from meeting and/or workshop as they become available.
Throughout the Official Plan Review, there will be publication of notices of public sessions on the Town’s website and in the newspaper as required by the Planning Act, and directed by Council.
Should you wish to receive direct notification by mail, or if you have written comments or concerns, please make your request or submission, including your name, return address, telephone number and email address to:
Mr. Glenn McGlashon, MCIP, RPP
Director of Planning and Development
Town of Cobourg
55 King Street West
Cobourg, Ontario, K9A 2M2
By Fax: 905-372-1533