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OP Review

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The Town of Prescott is reviewing its Official Plan!image of Town of Prescott skyscape

The Town’s current Official Plan was approved in 2006, and was last amended in May 2018.

The Official Plan includes policies to guide how lands in the Town may be used, now and for the long-term. The Town is looking for your input to help inform the new Official Plan.

How and where should future growth in the Town occur? What important natural, cultural, and recreational features and resources should be protected and enhanced? What improvements should the Town consider to community services, such as roads, infrastructure, and parks? How can the Town encourage active transportation (walking, cycling)? What types of housing are needed? How can the Town encourage economic development?



 What is an Official Plan?

An Official Plan is a policy document that establishes a vision and goals for the Town’s future growth and development over the next 20 years. It will:

  • Describes a vision for growth and development;
  • Details strategic objectives to implement the vision;
  • Guides where land uses (e.g. residential, retail, office, industrial, parks) should be located;
  • Directs what natural and cultural heritage features should be protected and/or enhanced;
  • Identifies future roads and new infrastructure; and
  • Reflects Provincial and local interests and values.


The Planning Act is the legislation that governs land use planning Ontario. The Town is updating its Official Plan, as required by the Act. The Town’s current Official Plan was approved in 2006, and was last amended in May 2018. A copy of the current Official Plan can be viewed one our Town Official Plan and Guidelines page. The new Official Plan would be presented to Town Council for adoption, and then submitted to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for approval.

There will be many opportunities to provide input, and participate in face-to-face engagement events!

 Upcoming Engagement Event: Visioning Workshop

Mark your calendars!

Please join Town staff and the Town’s consultant, WSP, at a Visioning Workshop to help inform the development of a vision, goals, and policies for the new Official Plan. 

DATE: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Prescott Fire Hall
302 Centre Street, Prescott, ON                                            

TIME: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm                                     

Format: The Workshop will consist of a brief presentation by WSP, followed by facilitated group discussions on various topics, such as housing and neighbourhood design, active transportation, recreation and tourism, and economic development in the Town of Prescott.

Kids are welcome – there will be a colouring zone!

Please RSVP to  or 613-925-2812 by March 11, 2020.

If you are unable to attend, please complete a Visioning survey on the Town’s website between March 27, 2020 and April 10, 2020 at

 Official Plan Review Process
The Town has retained WSP, a professional consulting firm, to assist with undertaking community engagement and the Official Plan Review.

The Official Plan Review will be conducted in four phases with frequent opportunities for community engagement and input. It is anticipated to be completed in 2021. Town Council and Staff encourage community members to follow updates, review materials as they become available, and provide input during this process.  

 Phase 1 - Initial Consultation, Visioning and Issues Identification

The Official Plan Review project will kick off with community and stakeholder engagement activities to gather the community's ideas on a vision for the Town of Prescott over the next 20 years. Activities will include:

  • Two (2) Visioning Workshops – one workshop focused on Economic Development with specific stakeholders in the Town, and one workshop open to the all members of the community. The workshops will be used to identify and discuss key land use policy issues in the Town, and confirm if the existing vision for the Town in the current Official Plan is still relevant or needs to be updated. The existing vision for the Town is found in Section 1.2 of the current Official Plan here; and
  • An online Visioning survey which will be made available on this webpage.

Input received from residents and stakeholders will be used to review and refresh the vision for the Town, and to set the foundation for the objectives, and policies in the Official Plan.

During this Phase, the Town will also consult with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Partner Ministries (e.g. Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks) to determine required updates to the Official Plan to reflect provincial interests and legislation. 

 Phase 2 - Official Plan Background Research and Report
This Phase will involve a review of the Phase 1 visioning results and background information from the Town, to help inform the changes and policy direction that are needed. 

Discussion Papers will be prepared on key land use policy areas: Economic Development; Housing and Neighbourhood Design; Cultural Heritage; and Recreation / Tourism and Wayfinding / Active Transportation.  

A Growth Management Analysis will be undertaken by Hemson Consulting, to provide updated population, employment, and housing projections for the Town, and to confirm if there is sufficient vacant employment and residential land available to accommodate expected growth to the year 2041.  

A Background Report will be prepared based on the above activities, which will include policy recommendations for the new Official Plan. 

Key findings from the Background Report will be presented at a Special Meeting of Council, open to the public, in accordance with Section 26(3) of the Planning Act. At this meeting, Council will provide directions as to how to proceed with the preparation of the new Draft Official Plan. 

The Discussion Papers and Background Report will be posted on this webpage for public review.  We will want the public to provide input on the Discussion Papers.

 Phase 3 - Draft Official Plan
A Draft Official Plan along with Draft Schedules (maps) will be prepared based on the background information and comments received in the previous phases. The Draft Official Plan will be circulated to Town Council, Staff, and commenting agencies, and posted on this webpage for public review and feedback. 

A Revised Draft Official Plan will be prepared to address any comments received, and will be submitted to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for a statutory 90-day review. 

A Statutory Public Open House, under the Planning Act, will be held to present the Revised Draft Official Plan to the community. The Revised Draft Official Plan will be posted on this webpage for public review. 

 Phase 4 - Recommended Official Plan
A Final Draft Official Plan will be prepared, based on feedback received in Phase 3 and comments received from the Ministry. The Final Draft Official Plan will be presented at a Statutory Public Meeting under the Planning Act to obtain final community input. 

A Final Official Plan will then be prepared and presented to Town Council for adoption, then submitted to the Ministry for approval. The Ministry will have 120 days to review and approve the Official Plan. Following approval, there will be a 20-day appeal period. If no appeals are received, the Final Official Plan will be considered in full force and effect. 


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If you have questions or comments on the Official Plan Review, please contact:

Matthew Armstrong

image depicting the process for the Official Plan Review Phases