The New Official Plan

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Are you interested in the growth and development of the County of Brant? The new Official Plan is the County's tool box for managing growth and we're updating our policies to plan for the future. We need your input!

Project Updates:

  • When will we receive preliminary comments from the Province of Ontario?
    • As part of the review for the Official Plan project, the draft version of the plan was submitted to the Province for a 90-day review that began in August 17, 2021 and lapsed on November 17, 2021. County staff along with Council have done everything we can to advance this project to be in conformity with A Place to Grow by July 1, 2022 in accordance with the policy planning framework set forth by the Province.
      At this point, we do not have a timeframe for the approval of our New Official Plan until we receive direction from the Province.
  • Missed the Public Meeting in December? Here's a Summary!
    • This meeting was held in two parts. It included a summary of all the comments received, site-specific requests, errors and omissions, and suggested revisions to the draft document. The meeting was an additional opportunity to hear public input, discussions, and any further feedback from interested stakeholders on making revisions to the draft version of the new Official Plan in advance of coming back to Council in early 2022 for approval.
      • Thursday, December 2nd beginning at 6:00pm - A short staff presentation introduced the purpose of hte meeting and the remainder of this portion of the meeting was dedicated to delegations and public input on the New Official Plan. This meeting will be held with ELECTRONIC PARTIPATION ONLY and can be watched by visiting www.brant.ca/YouTube.
      • Thursday, December 9th beginning at 6:00pm - Staff presented an overview of all the feedback and information collected during the project, an updated timeline for the remaining portions of the project, as well as provided an opporutnity for further discussion on revisions to the draft New Official Plan and clarification on the draft document. This meeting will also be held with ELECTRONIC PARTICIPATION ONLY and can be watched by visiting www.brant.ca/YouTube.
    • The agenda and subsequent minutes for this meeting are posted at www.brant.ca/CouncilAgenda.
  • The draft version of the New Official Plan is ready for review


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Topics of Interest


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Building Healthy and Complete Communities


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Economic Development and Prosperity


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Planning for Infrastructure


Looking to get in touch with us? The Official Plan Project Team's contact information is listed on the side of the page, or you can reach out to OfficialPlan@brant.ca and 519-44BRANT (519.442.7268) and ask for Policy Planning to chat with us. We look forward to hearing from you!

The decisions we make today will impact the future of our community. This plan belongs to all of us.

Are you interested in the growth and development of the County of Brant? The new Official Plan is the County's tool box for managing growth and we're updating our policies to plan for the future. We need your input!

Project Updates:

  • When will we receive preliminary comments from the Province of Ontario?
    • As part of the review for the Official Plan project, the draft version of the plan was submitted to the Province for a 90-day review that began in August 17, 2021 and lapsed on November 17, 2021. County staff along with Council have done everything we can to advance this project to be in conformity with A Place to Grow by July 1, 2022 in accordance with the policy planning framework set forth by the Province.
      At this point, we do not have a timeframe for the approval of our New Official Plan until we receive direction from the Province.
  • Missed the Public Meeting in December? Here's a Summary!
    • This meeting was held in two parts. It included a summary of all the comments received, site-specific requests, errors and omissions, and suggested revisions to the draft document. The meeting was an additional opportunity to hear public input, discussions, and any further feedback from interested stakeholders on making revisions to the draft version of the new Official Plan in advance of coming back to Council in early 2022 for approval.
      • Thursday, December 2nd beginning at 6:00pm - A short staff presentation introduced the purpose of hte meeting and the remainder of this portion of the meeting was dedicated to delegations and public input on the New Official Plan. This meeting will be held with ELECTRONIC PARTIPATION ONLY and can be watched by visiting www.brant.ca/YouTube.
      • Thursday, December 9th beginning at 6:00pm - Staff presented an overview of all the feedback and information collected during the project, an updated timeline for the remaining portions of the project, as well as provided an opporutnity for further discussion on revisions to the draft New Official Plan and clarification on the draft document. This meeting will also be held with ELECTRONIC PARTICIPATION ONLY and can be watched by visiting www.brant.ca/YouTube.
    • The agenda and subsequent minutes for this meeting are posted at www.brant.ca/CouncilAgenda.
  • The draft version of the New Official Plan is ready for review


Engage with Us!




Topics of Interest


Healthy and Complete Communities Symbol, Aqua coloured circle with a hand holding a small house
Building Healthy and Complete Communities


Econonmic Development Symbol, Yellow coloured circle with a piece of grain inside
Economic Development and Prosperity


Planning For Infrastructure Symbol, Green circle with a pencil, blueprint and ruler insde
Planning for Infrastructure


Looking to get in touch with us? The Official Plan Project Team's contact information is listed on the side of the page, or you can reach out to OfficialPlan@brant.ca and 519-44BRANT (519.442.7268) and ask for Policy Planning to chat with us. We look forward to hearing from you!

The decisions we make today will impact the future of our community. This plan belongs to all of us.

Do You Have Questions? We Have Answers!

If you have questions about development, policies, population growth, or other things related to our New Official Plan, ask them here and staff will be happy to follow up to provide you with answers and additional resources. 

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    What is being done to manage invasive, noxious plants that are increasingly appearing on well-used public trails, along roadways? I have seen a proliferation of poison ivy all over spaces used by the public. Lack of management is dangerous for pets, children and all users, as well as causing increased instances of these plants being carried by birds to private homes where owners incur huge costs to remove them. They must be managed by the city in public spaces.

    carsonal asked 11 months ago

    Thanks for your question.

    Invasive species can impact the Natural Heritage of the County of Brant and a collaborative effort between the Province of Ontario, our Conservation Authorities and County Staff has been helping with general education and awareness, addressing key pathways contributing to introductions/spread, and facilitating monitoring and early detection initiatives for invasive species found around the area. 

    Our Official Plan will speak to the high-level protection of our Natural Heritage system, including the importance of using non-invasive planting in development and planning, and collaborative efforts to manage invasive species will continue as a key objective in protecting our Natural Heritage system.

    More information on Provincial efforts can be found at https://www.ontario.ca/page/invasive-species-ontario
    Information on efforts specific to the County of Brant may be found at https://www.grandriver.ca/en/our-watershed/Invasive-species.aspx or by visiting http://www.invadingspecies.com/

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    What about Costco for Brant county? I am always going to Brantford for my groceries

    Brmeeke asked 11 months ago

    Thanks for your question! 

    While we can't direct exactly what businesses come to Brant, during the update to the Zoning By-Law we'll be able to address the need for a wider variety of grocers and other businesses that offer staple items to our residents as well as where those businesses will be permitted. With more opportunities for a mix of commercial uses through our New Official Plan, there will be more locations available to businesses to locate closer to where people are living. We can also work with our Economic Development colleagues to increase the variety of grocery shopping opportunities in the County of Brant. 

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    What is the plan for a robust green compost program? There are thousands of dollar being wasted and families throwing compostable content into the trash. What is the timeline for accessing Green bin programs for all residents?

    carsonal asked 11 months ago

    Thanks for your question!

    We've had many residents note a desire for a green-bin program as well as other waste diversion options that will benefit the County's approach to the impacts of Climate Change. Our New Official Plan will have more environmentally conscious policies specifically related to development and will look at future implementation tools like green engineering standards, a green-roof by-law and a construction and demolition waste diversion strategy. 

    The implementation of a green-bin compost program is outside the scope of an Official Plan, so I'd encourage you to contact our  Public Works and Operations staff to find out more information on waste diversion in the County of Brant. Feel free to send them an email at publicworks@brant.ca.

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    How can we preserve farmland from urban sprawl ? I understand Brant is under terrible pressure from developers to let farmland be built upon.

    Nick Quail asked 11 months ago

    Thanks for your question! 

    The Province of Ontario has estimated that the County of Brant will have a population of 59,000 residents by the year 2051 and it's up to us to decide how we accomodate that growth through our new Official Plan. 

    Settlement Boundaries are a border drawn around our towns and villages that allow development to happen within them but limit the development that can happen outside of those boundaries. The County will not be expanding our settlement area boundaries for more residential growth because we have more than enough land within our boundaries to accomodate it. In fact, we've been able to scale back some of our village boundaries in areas where municipal servicing and growth won't happen before the year 2051. 

    Outside of the boundaries, large-scale development will not be permitted and farmland protection will be prioritized. These new policies will allow us to focus on creating more comprehensive development within our settlement boundaries to accomodate our population and job growth while leaving the farmland for agricultural production. 

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