The Town of East Gwillimbury (EG) is reviewing and updating its Official Plan. For more information on the Town's current Official Plan, see our Official Plan page.

Official Plan Review

Any notices for future public engagement and updated information about the Official Plan Review will be posted here. Alternatively, you can always feel free to contact Planning staff directly with any questions or comments. 

Project Timeline and Next Steps

The visual below shows the timeline for the Official Plan Review process. We have currently completed Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the project, and are now in the third and final phase. A summary of each phase is also provided, with project completion anticipated in May/June of 2022. All Phase 1 and Phase 2 materials are posted on this project webpage, and once the Draft Updated Official Plan is prepared as part of Phase 3 it will be shared publicly and will be subject to public review through Open Houses and Public Meetings. All project updates will continue to be provided on this webpage, and you can feel free to reach out to Adam Robb, Senior Planner if you have any questions. 

Official Plan Review Timeline

Discussion Papers and Land Needs Assessment Report

The Official Plan Review Discussion Papers and Land Needs Assessment report were received by Council on September 21, 2021. These documents were developed based on the background research and public consultation undertaken for the project to date, and are intended to inform the upcoming development of the Draft Updated Official Plan. Further Public Meetings and Open Houses will be scheduled once the Draft Updated Official Plan is prepared so that a thorough review can be had prior to Council's anticipated adoption of the Updated Official Plan in 2022. If you have any questions or comments feel free to reach out to Adam Robb, Senior Planner.

View the Discussion Papers and Land Needs Assessment materials here: 

Online Community Workshops for the Official Plan Review

Online community workshops were held on June 2 and 3, 2021 to hear feedback on the key discussion paper themes of the Town’s Official Plan Review. You can view the presentation slides and watch the recordings from these public workshops using the links below. Please contact Adam Robb, Senior Planner with any further questions or comments. 

View the Presentations: 

Watch the Meeting Recordings:

Special Meeting of Council and Policy Directions Discussion

Watch the Council meeting video from April 27, 2021: 

Chat with a Planner on the Town's Official Plan Review

The Town's Official Plan review is focused on the following key themes:

  • Vision and Guiding Principles 
  • 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 the Town's Official Plan. Launched in March 2021 and continuing for the duration of the project, you can contact Planning staff to schedule a 15 minute virtual or phone conversation to ask questions and share your ideas on the Town's Official Plan Review and planning for the Town to 2051. 

Virtual community visioning workshop

Online Community Visioning Workshops were held on October 27, 2020 to hear from members of the public about what their vision for the future of the Town is. The information received is being used to help inform the Official Plan policies to guide future community growth in a responsible manner. If you would like a summary of the information received from the virtual community visioning workshops, you can email Planning staff

More ways to get involved in the Town's Official Plan Review!

We want to hear from you! Public engagement and consultation will take place throughout the Official Plan Review process and you can contact us directly with any questions or feedback. In addition to ongoing engagement initiatives, you can also feel free to provide comments via email to Planning staff. For example, what type of housing forms are you most interested in? Where should we locate roads, parks or other amenities? How can we continue to promote our cultural heritage and natural environment? 

Why update the Town's Official Plan?

The Planning Act of Ontario requires municipalities to regularly review their Official Plans to reflect updates to legislation, Provincial plans and policies, and regional government (Region of York) plans. Reviewing the Town's Official Plan ensures the document and vision for the Town remains up to date and consistent with guiding policy and legislation. 

What changes are expected in the new Official Plan?

East Gwillimbury is a growing Town expected to have over 100,000 people by 2051, with significant provincial and regional infrastructure commitments in place to support this growth. A full review of the Town of East Gwillimbury Official Plan will set out the framework for managing this growth and will address: 

  • Allocating residential and employment growth to 2051
  • Maintaining complete, vibrant, and healthy communities for residents
  • Protecting our cultural heritage assets and unique communities
  • Moving people and goods within the Town
  • Protecting and enhancing natural areas and green spaces
  • Providing municipal services to meet the needs of a growing community

Additional staff reports, presentations, notices and Council resolutions

P2020-19 Award of Contract Report

Award of Contract Report


Planning for Future Growth/Endorsement of EG Whitebelt as Urban Area

Planning for Future Growth Report


July 28, 2020 Provincial Growth Plan Amendment 1 Update Presentation

Growth Plan Update Presentation

Growth Plan Update Report


March 23, 2021 Growth Management OP Review and Land Needs Assessment Update

Growth Management and LNA Update Presentation 


April 27, 2021 Special Meeting of Council 

Notice of Special Meeting 


September 21, 2021 Official Plan Review Discussion Papers and Land Needs Assessment Received

Discussion Papers and LNA Staff Report (with Discussion Papers and LNA attached)

Discussion Papers and LNA Consultant Presentation


November 2, 2021 Planning for Growth to 2051 Presentation and Report - 70% Whitebelt Included as Urban Area by Regional Council 

Presentation and Report under Item N