The Town of Saugeen Shores has initiated a review of its Official Plan and will hold a Public Meeting seeking input to this initiative and to understand the opinions of the public.
Date: Monday, August 19, 2019
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Town of Saugeen Shores Municipal Office, 600 Tomlinson Drive, Port Elgin, ON
The purpose of the Official Plan Review is to address the requirements of the Planning Act, which requires municipalities to conduct an Official Plan Review every five years and to address Provincial plans, policies and matters of Provincial interest. The Official Plan Review is a Town-wide initiative potentially affecting all land within the Town of Saugeen Shores. GSP Group Inc. has been retained by the Town to assist Town Staff with the process.
The Official Plan is a statement of goals, objectives and policies to guide future growth, land use and development within the Town of Saugeen Shores for the next 20 years. The Town’s current Official Plan was approved in 2014 and has been subject to several amendments.
The purpose of the Public Meeting is to provide members of the public with information about the Official Plan Review process and how to participate. This is also an initial opportunity for public input to areas of the current Official Plan that should be changed or addressed differently in the new Official Plan, and to participate in shaping the future vision and direction for the Town of Saugeen Shores.
Anyone attending with respect to the Official Plan Review will be given an opportunity to provide comments at the Public Meeting. Additional opportunities to submit comments will be made available at other times during the Review. If you are submitting letters, faxes, e-mails, presentations or other communications to the Town concerning the Official Plan Review, personal information (such as name, address and comments) may be contained in reports to council and published on the Town’s website.
In addition to the Public Meeting on August 19 at 6:30 pm, the Town will be holding the following public engagement opportunities during Summer 2019:
- Downtown Port Elgin Farmers Market, Wednesday August 14, 9 am-2 pm. Drop by to learn more about the Official Plan Review process and share your ideas about the future of land use and development in Saugeen Shores.
- Cruisers Cruise Nite in Southampton, Thursday August 15, 6:30-9:00 pm. Come enjoy the classic cars and talk to us about your ideas for land use planning and development in Saugeen Shores.
Additional opportunities for public comment will be provided at later dates.
The Town has also set up a page at saugeenshores.ca/OPReview for the public to view information related to the OP Review.