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The Official Plan outlines the goals, objectives and policies to manage and direct physical change and the effects of that change on the social, economic and natural environment of a municipality. It establishes the basic framework on how our community will evolve over time. It is also a policy document that describes how land should be used and implements a municipalities planning development and growth management vision.
The Official Plan has legal status through the Planning Act which means once set it must be followed.
This document determines not only where our residential neighbourhoods will be, but what type of neighbourhoods they will be. Where should our stores be? Where should our factories be?
They may seem like easy questions, however the plan looks at not only today but 20 years down the road. If you look back even 10 years ago, our municipality looked very different. Where should we be in another 10 years? 20?
What about services? Roads? Water? Sewer?
If we want to grow, we need the right services in the right areas. The Official Plan provides that direction which allows Lakeshore to focus our resources towards municipal objectives.
Current Official Plan and Schedule
Schedule D2 Road Classification Maidstone and Belle River
Final Growth Study