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Chat with a Planner on the Town's OP Review

The next phase of the Town’s Official Plan review involves the development of discussion papers on the following key themes: 

  • Vision and Guiding Principles for the Town to 2051
  • Complete Communities and Balanced Growth
  • Housing
  • Community Design and Heritage
  • Sustainability and Climate Change
  • Agriculture and Rural Lands

We want you to join the conversation and provide input to help shape the development of these discussion papers and inform future policy updates for the Town’s Official Plan. You can email to arrange a 15 minute virtual or phone conversation with our Planning team to ask questions or share your ideas on the Town’s Official Plan Review work and planning for the Town to 2051. 

Virtual Community Visioning Workshop

On October 27, 2020 an online Community Visioning Workshop was held to discuss the vision and principles for the Town’s Official Plan. The presentation for the workshop is available here: 

Community Visioning Workshop #1 

Community Visioning Workshop #2

Official Plan Review 

The Planning Act of Ontario requires municipalities to regularly review their official plans to reflect updates to Legislation, Provincial plans and policies, and upper-tier municipal plans (the Region of York). East Gwillimbury is a growing Town expected to accommodate over 100,000 people by 2051, with significant provincial and regional infrastructure commitments also in place to support this growth. A comprehensive review of the Town of East Gwillimbury Official Plan will establish the framework for managing this growth and will address: 

  • How residential and employment growth will be allocated to 2051; 
  • How complete, vibrant and healthy communities will be maintained for residents;
  • How our cultural heritage assets and unique communities will continue to be protected;
  • How people and goods move within the Town;
  • How natural areas and green spaces will continue to be protected and enhanced; 
  • How municipal services will be provided to meet the needs of a growing community.

The Official Plan Review process will be informed by thorough public engagement and consultation. Continue to follow this page for project notifications and feel free to contact Adam Robb, Senior Planner, at or 905-478-4283 ext. 3872 anytime for more information or to become registered as an interested party for the project. 

What is an Official Plan?

An Official Plan describes the Town’s policies on how land in the community should be used. It is prepared with input from you and your fellow citizens and helps to ensure that future planning and development will meet the specific needs of your community.

An Official Plan deals mainly with issues such as:

  • where new housing, industry, offices and shops will go
  • what services like roads, water mains, sewers, parks and schools will be needed
  • when and in what order parts of your community will grow 

Official Plans for regions deal with broad planning issues that affect more than one municipality. All local Official Plans and Zoning By-laws must conform to the regional plan. However, an official plan is not set forever. The plan can also be changed or amended as the community’s needs change.

Why Do You Need an Official Plan?

The Town’s Official Plan:

  • lets the public know what the municipality’s general land use planning policies are
  • makes sure that growth is coordinated and meets your community needs
  • helps all members of your community understand how their land can be used now and in the future
  • helps decide where roads, water mains, sewers, parks and other services will go
  • provides a framework for setting local regulations and standards, like the size of lots and height of buildings
  • provides a way to settle conflicting land uses while meeting local, regional and provincial interests
  • shows your council’s commitment to the planned growth of your community

Official Plan Document

The Town of East Gwillimbury's Official Plan was adopted by Town Council on June 28, 2010. The Official Plan was subject to a number of appeals and the majority of the Official Plan (2010) was approved by the Ontario Municipal Board in 2013. Please note that the following Official Plan Office Consolidation includes decisions and amendment to October 2018.

The 2010 Town of East Gwillimbury Official Plan
October 2018 Office Consolidation
This document is available in other formats. 

Note: Where sections/policies are highlighted in yellow, this indicates that these policies remain under appeal and are not currently in effect. Where sections/policies of this Plan are not in effect, portions of the Town’s existing plans, as outlined below, still apply:

  • Rural Official Plan #95, as amended by the Oak Ridges Moraine conformity Amendment #116
  • Holland Landing/River Drive Park (OPA #60) as amended
  • Queensville (OPA’s #89 and #115) as amended
  • Sharon (OPA #122) as amended
  • Mount Albert (OPA #72) as amended
  • Green Lane West (OPA #110) as amended.

Printed copies of the Official Plan are available from the Town for a fee and can be obtained from the Development Services Department at the Town Offices located at 19000 Leslie Street in Sharon.


You can submit your questions or comments online or you can contact:

Adam Robb, Senior Planner
Town of East Gwillimbury
19000 Leslie Street, Sharon ON, L0G 1V0
Phone: 905-478-4283 ext. 3872
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To submit questions or comments on the Official Plan Review, please provide your email address and comments below:

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