Provincial land use development plans
Learn how the Ontario government can propose development plans and get details on plans for Central Pickering, Halton, Peel, York, Hamilton and Toronto.
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The Ontario Planning and Development Act gives the public a chance to take part in preparing development plans for land use and gives the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing the ability to:
- propose development plans
- promote municipal implementation
- process changes to the plan - called amendments
When we create a development plan for land use we must follow the Ontario Planning and Development Act. When a municipality creates a development plan they must:
- follow the Planning Act
- submit an official plan or an official plan amendment to propose land use changes
Development plans may contain policies to:
- develop an area
- finance and implement public projects
- help municipalities implement the plan
After the plan is proposed and public comments have been received, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing may submit the development plan to the Lieutenant Governor in Council for whole or partial approval.
Amendments to development plans can be initiated by the minister. If you would like to propose an amendment you can submit an application to the minister for consideration. We strongly encourage having a pre-consultation with MMAH before submitting an application.
Plans under the act
There are currently two development plans issued under the Ontario Planning and Development Plan:
- Central Pickering Development Plan
- Parkway Belt West Plan
Central Pickering Development Plan
The Central Pickering Development Plan was issued under the Ontario Planning and Development Act to improve the community of Central Pickering. The Plan took effect on May 3, 2006 and was amended on June 6, 2012.
Parkway Belt West Plan
The Parkway Belt West Plan (PBWP) took effect in 1978 to reserve land for:
- separate urban areas
- connecting open spaces in Halton, Peel, York, Hamilton and Toronto
Over 160 amendments have been made to the PBWP since 1978. Today, the Parkway Belt West Plan primarily designates and protects land needed for large-scale infrastructure corridors such as:
- electric power facility
The area covered by plan is divided into two general land use categories:
- public use areas
- complimentary use areas
Public Use Areas
Public Use Areas are or will be mainly used for infrastructure and open space. Designations include:
- inter-urban transit
- electric power facility
- public open space and buffer area
Complementary Use Areas
Complementary Use Areas are mainly for private uses that help preserve open spaces and encourage agricultural, recreational and institutional land uses that do not require intense urbanization.
In 2017, the ministry sought feedback on proposed amendments that would impact lands located within the PBWP and lands covered by related Minister’s Zoning Orders in the regional municipalities of Halton, Peel and York and the Cities of Hamilton and Toronto. The consultation is now closed and the feedback received is being considered.
If you would like a copy of the Parkway Belt West Plan contact: