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Draft New Official Plan (May 6, 2010)

  • Draft Official Plan CoverOver the last two years, through the People Plan Richmond Hill consultation approach, staff have been working with the public to develop a vision, guiding principles, urban structure and major policy directions for the new Official Plan. To help inform the new Plan, numerous background studies were undertaken covering important topics like the environment, economy, transportation, housing, parkland, heritage, urban design, infrastructure and servicing, the Richmond Hill Centre, the Downtown, and the David Dunlap Observatory. This has culminated in the current draft new Official Plan now available for public review and comment. 

    An Official Plan establishes policies for the physical, social and economic growth of the community, and ensures that future planning and development will meet the specific needs of its inhabitants. It sets the tone for the look and feel of the community and ultimately influences how the Town functions. The draft new Official Plan represents a fundamental shift in the Town’s approach to land use planning. While the draft new Official Plan reflects planning direction from the Province and York Region for more compact, complete communities, it balances the desire of the community for managed growth at a scale that reflects the local context and positively contributes to the Town’s character and identity. The draft new Official Plan’s vision of “building a new kind of urban” is reflected in the Town’s unique and innovative approaches to land use planning:
    • Environment First and Sustainability
      • Establish a connected Greenway System to protect natural features and functions both on the Oak Ridges Moraine and south of the Oak Ridges Moraine
      • Continue to provide leadership and foster innovation in sustainable design
    • City Building
      • Accommodate predominantly “mid-rise” forms of growth in a defined urban structure that is rapid transit-supportive, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use and connected 
      • Limited development within neighbourhoods that is a “good fit”
    • Place-making
      • Accommodate intensification in a way that protects, promotes and enhances what people value about the Town of Richmond Hill
      • Excellence in design
    Where can I see a copy of the draft new Official Plan (May 6, 2010)?
    • The Town’s draft new Official Plan is available for viewing and downloading on this webpage
    • A hard copy of the draft new Official Plan is available for inspection or for purchase at the Town’s Planning and Regulatory Services Department counter at 225 East Beaver Creek, 4th Floor, during regular business hours.
    How can I provide comments on the draft new Official Plan?
    • Written comments on the draft new Official Plan may be submitted to the Town’s Planning and Regulatory Services Department on or before June 9, 2010 by mail, fax, e-mail or delivery in person.
      • Mailing Address - Official Plan c/o Planning & Regulatory Services Department, Town of Richmond Hill, 225 East Beaver Creek Road, 4th Floor, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3P4
      • Fax Number - (905) 771-2404
      • Email -
    • Verbal representation and submissions may be made before Council at the Special Public Meeting [PDF] on June 9, 2010.


  • June 9, 2010 SCPM Staff Report [PDF] and Minutes [PDF]

    Town of Richmond Hill Official Plan – Draft (May 6, 2010) 

    To download the Draft New Official Plan in its entirety, click below: 

    For convenience, the Draft New Official Plan has also been separated by its different sections and each can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

    Part 1 – Plan

    Part 2 – Secondary Plans


    More Information

    Further information on the draft new Official Plan is available by contacting or Planning and Regulatory Services Department at (905) 771-8910

    • Paul Freeman, Manager of Policy
    • Maria Flores, Senior Planner – Policy
    • Michelle Dobbie, Planner II – Policy
    • Brian DeFreitas, Planner II – Policy



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