Official Plan and Provincial Land Use Planning Policies

An Official Plan provides an overarching policy direction on how land in the community should be used by upper-tier, lower-tier, and single tier municipalities.

As an upper-tier municipality, Dufferin County is responsible for managing growth and providing guidance on land use planning for the County’s eight lower-tier municipalities. 

Interested in learning more about Official Plans and want to know how you can get involved? Refer to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing's Citizen’s Guide to Official Plans for more information!


Local Municipal Official Plans

Each of Dufferin County's local municipalities also has an official plan outlining more detailed land use and development policies. Visit your local municipality's website for a copy of their official plan.

Municipal Comprehensive Review

Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) is defined in the Growth Plan, 2017 as:

“A new official plan amendment, initiated by an upper or single-tier municipality under section 26 of the Planning Act that comprehensively applies the policies and schedules of this Plan.” The purpose of the MCR is to bring the upper-tier official plan into full conformity with the Growth Plan through various processes and supporting studies.

The County is required to submit an official plan or official plan amendment implementing the MCR that has been adopted by Council for approval by the Minister under the Planning Act, by 2022.

Lower-tier municipalities are required to bring their official plans into conformity with the applicable upper-tier official plan and the Growth Plan, 2017 within one year of the County MCR being approved and in effect.

For more information on the current update of the County’s Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) process, please refer to the report to council found here.

Call for Volunteers: Stakeholder Advisory Committee

Dufferin County is seeking volunteer members to serve on the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) for the Official Plan Review. The Official Plan is a key document which guides growth and development in the County through the establishment of land use designations and development policies. A Municipal Comprehensive Review is being undertaken to ensure that policies conform with key provincial plans and regulations. 

Committee members will be required to attend four (4) in-person meetings/workshops during key milestones of the project and will be encouraged to promote upcoming public events related tot the project. 

If interested, please fill in the application form below and send it back to Jenny Li, Planning Coordinator, no later than March 13, 2020 at

To learn more about the Municipal Comprehensive Review, please visit Join In Dufferin.