Official Plan

Official Plan Review 2020-2025

Mayor Ann MacDiarmid
Welcome Message from Mayor Ann MacDiarmid

Welcome to Seguin’s Official Plan Review. While this review is mandated to occur every 10 years by Ontario’s Planning Act, it is an important opportunity for Council and Staff to engage with our community. Working with Skelton, Brumwell and Associates, it is our goal to provide many opportunities for everyone in the community to provide feedback on our existing Official Plan and suggest opportunities for improvement during this important review of our Official Plan. Given the current public health guidelines, we will be leveraging many types of technology to ensure that you and your communities of lake associations can provide input in a variety of ways that will continue to guarantee your health and safety.

The Official Plan is a policy guidance document which is intended to serve as the basis for making land use planning decisions and managing change in the Township of Seguin. It will contain goals, objectives and policies to manage and direct changes to the social, economic and natural environment of Seguin. The Official Plan, combined with the 2019 - 2022 Strategic Plan, must ensure that Seguin is an environmental leader, provides and exceptional community experience while enabling community prosperity.

Most importantly, the Official Plan is a comprehensive policy document that applies to all land within the Township of Seguin. It is not intended to be “law” but rather a road map that will influence how Seguin is to continue to prosper in the coming years.

This is your opportunity to communicate your thoughts on how you want to see Seguin develop over the coming years. For lake associations, we will be depending on you to communicate with all of your members to ensure that you represent all of your members. We look forward to hearing from many of you!


Seguin Official Plan Five Year Review GANTT Timeline

Latest Official Plan Review Report to Council - February 1, 2021

Official Plan Review Report to Council - December 7, 2020


What is the Official Plan?

An Official Plan is a municipal policy document that guides decisions on land use and development. It sets out the vision, goals, and objectives for the municipality, and provides broad direction on matters such as growth management, infrastructure, protecting natural resources, employment lands, housing, natural hazards, parks, and the public realm. The Township’s Official Plan must be consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement and other provincial plans and strategies. The Official Plan outlines land use designations and policies, and maps out a land use structure across the Township.

Why is it being updated?

The Planning Act requires municipalities to update existing Official Plans every ten years to ensure that they conform to, and do not conflict with, provincial plans and (in some cases) upper-tier municipal policies. The Seguin Official Plan was implemented by Council in October 2006. On July 1, 2010, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing delegated approval authority for Official Plan Amendments. Since then there have been nine (9) amendments to it.  One such amendment consisted of a five year review which was undertaken in 2014. The 2014 Review was done to ensure consistency with  the Provincial Policy Statement  and the Planning Act as well as to resolve some outstanding issues which were widely  viewed as  a constraint to  on-going  rural area and shoreline development.  The Seguin Official Plan is currently its Five Year lifecycle and the municipality is looking to review the Plan’s policy framework for the next five years through to 2025.

How to get involved?

 1. Educate yourself
 2. Attend a Public Meeting
 Click here to view the Calendar
 3. Provide written comments

For inquires, please call Seguin Township Office:

Taylor Elgie
Director of Planning and Development
T.: 705-732-4300
Toll Free:: 1-877-473-4846
F.: 705-732-6347

Alternatively you can complete the form ONLINE under Contact

 4. Be part of a forum discussion
 Share Stories, ideas, pictures and more on our online FORUM. Click HERE
 5. Attend our Virtual Open House - August 24, 2020 10:00am

The Official Plan Review Discussion Papers are officially live on our OPR Website !


The main purpose of these discussion papers is to:

1.    Provide general information about:

a.    Provincial Policy (referencing Provincial Policy Statement 2020)

b.    Policy applicable in the Seguin’s Current Official Plan

2.    Provide prompting questions for the Virtual Open House discussion forums

NOTE: Virtual Open House is live on Monday August 24, 2020 at 10:00 AM on the OPR Website.                                                                                                                                                                            


 For more information click HERE


Steering Committee

OPR Steering Committee

 The OPR Steering Committee as approved by Council on June 1st, 2020


  • Ann MacDiarmid, Mayor
  • Gail Finnson, Councillor Ward 6
  • Tom Enns
  • James Buchanan
  • Joy Sloane
  • Howie Johnson
  • Michael Traynor
  • Steve Elsasser
  • Bill Watkinson
  • Jo-Anne Ferguson

Skelton Brumwell & Associates

  • Michael Wynia
  • Marissa Handley

Seguin Township Staff

  • Jason Inwood, CAO
  • Lauren Irvine, Planner

Official Plan Amendments

Amendments to the Official Plan are sometimes necessary when the Plan does not contain policies that address new Provincial and Regional policy directions, local issues and opportunities or specific development proposals. In these cases, the Official Plan can be altered through an Official Plan Amendment (OPA) process. The OPA process allows for amendments to the Plan to be evaluated and to be presented to the public before changes are approved by Council.

Click here for the Official Plan Amendment Application Form

Click here for the Pre-Consultation Form

Obtaining a Copy of the Official Plan

The latest Seguin Township Official Plan is available in print by request, for purchase, from the Planning Department. To inquire about any of the amendments, or request information about the latest consolidation, please contact the Planning Department .

Seguin Official Plan and Schedules

Documents and Links

If you require a special format to read these documents or any other document referenced on our website, please contact us and we'll do everything we can to provide documents in an accessible format.

Contact Us

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