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What is an Official Plan?

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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. The Official Plan sets out the vision for future growth of the municipality and land use in conformity with the Regional Official Plan and Provincial Policies. The Plan is prepared with input from members of the community and determines the policies that affect the location of new housing and businesses and where services such as roads, sewers, parks and schools will be needed.

Clicking this link will open the York Region Website in a new window.What is a Regional Official Plan?
The York Regional Official Plan outlines policies that will help guide economic, environmental and community-building decisions affecting the use of land in the Region. Other regional strategies, plans and guidelines provide a framework for decisions made by the Region.

Since there are nine local municipalities within York Region, with their own specific visions and goals, the Regional Official Plan leaves room for a local municipality, such as Richmond Hill, to provide detailed planning policies that conform to the overall framework contained in the Regional Official Plan.

To view the Regional Official Plan, approved September 2010, visit the York Region Website.

What is a Secondary Plan?
Secondary Plans provide specific policies for areas identified within an Official Plan as requiring more detailed direction on topics such as land use, urban design and transportation. A Secondary Plan is typically adopted as an amendment to the Town’s Official Plan and outlines the goals, objectives and policies governing the development and redevelopment of land for the area to which it applies. 

New Secondary Plans
The Town of Richmond Hill is in the process of initiating Secondary Plans for the following areas, this page will be updated as information becomes available:
Richmond Hill Centre
Downtown Local Centre


More information
Additional information on the planning process may be found on the Planning & Development Department Homepage


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