What We Do

The land use policy and stewardship team is responsible for researching, developing and implementing provincial legislation, regulation, policy and guidance material related to land use planning and environmental issues that affect the agri-food sector. Staff in the unit:

  • help residents, consultants and municipalities understand provincial agricultural and rural land use policies;
  • provide correspondence on Planning Act applications to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) through the One-Window provincial planning system for official plans, zoning by-laws or lot creation;
  • provide correspondence to other agencies for Aggregate Resource Act or Environmental Assessment Act applications; and,
  • provide data, training and tools for land use planning topics such as permitted uses, identifying prime agricultural areas and Minimum Distance Separation (MDS) setbacks.

Who to Contact

If you have a geographically-specific question, please contact the appropriate Rural Planner using the staff coverage map:

Ken Mott
2284 Nursery Road
Midhurst, ON L9X 1N8
Phone: 613-290-9112

Dave Marriott
3rd Floor North
1 Stone Road, Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Phone: 519-766-5990

Nancy Rutherford
3rd Floor North
1 Stone Road, Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Phone: 226-962-2139

For Province-wide notifications related to environmental assessments, please email: omafra.eanotices@ontario.ca.


For Province-wide inquiries related to agricultural land use planning and stewardship policies, please contact:

Michele Doncaster
Manager of Land Use Policy & Stewardship
3rd Floor North
1 Stone Road, Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Phone: 226-979-1552

Jen Turnbull
Senior Policy Advisor (Stewardship)
3rd Floor North
1 Stone Road, Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Phone: 226-971-3387

John Turvey
Senior Policy Advisor (Land Use)
3rd Floor North
1 Stone Road, Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Phone: 519-766-8811

Helma Geerts
Policy Advisor (Land Use)
3rd Floor North
1 Stone Road, Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Phone: 519-546-7423

Jocelyn Beatty
Policy Advisor (Land Use)
6484 Wellington Road 7 - Unit 10
Elora, ON N0B 1S0
Phone: 519-546-7612

Drew Crinklaw
Policy Advisor (Land Use)
3rd Floor North
1 Stone Road, Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Phone: 519-317-4493

Laura Milani Orlando
Policy Advisor (Stewardship)
3rd Floor North
1 Stone Road, Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Phone: 519-546-4579


For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca