Official Plan

Learn more about the Official Plan, which identifies top priorities for the city and how we’re working toward them.

The City of Quinte West Official Plan is a key planning document that details the general principles and policies intended to guide and control future land use development and redevelopment while safeguarding significant natural features, prime agricultural areas and rural areas. 

The Official Plan

  • It makes the public aware of the municipality’s general land use planning policies.
  • Makes sure that the growth is coordinated and meets your community’s needs.
  • It helps all members of your community understand how their land may be used now and in the future.
  • Helps decide where roads, water mains, sewers, garbage dumps, parks and other services will be built.
  • Provides a framework for establishing municipal zoning bylaws to set local regulations and standards, like the size of lots and height of buildings.
  • Provides a way to evaluate and settle conflicting land uses while meeting local, regional and provincial interests.
  • Shows the council’s commitment to the future growth of your community. 

Learn more about the Official Plan and its legal purpose.

The City of Quinte West Official Plan (2013) as adopted by bylaw 11-122 passed by council on Aug. 15, 2011, and subsequently approved with modifications by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on Jan. 9, 2013, is the first Citywide Official Plan. It provides policy direction and a land use planning framework to guide the overall physical, social, environmental management and growth of the City, white meeting the residents’ needs and wants. 

The Official Plan is regulated by the Ontario Planning Act (Section 17). It identifies the planned municipal structure and provides the framework for municipal regulations, including: 

Accessing the plan

The official plan is a long and detailed document. It can be downloaded in individual PDF sections below, or an all-in-one consolidated version (PDF) is also available. 

Download the full all-in-one consolidated version (PDF) of the Quinte West Official Plan, 2013 (text only)

*Content you access below is not necessarily an exact and/or current reproduction of the official documents. The City of Quinte West does not warrant these electronic versions’ accuracy and accepts no responsibility for any damages suffered by a person due to decisions made or actions based on information accessed via this website. 

*An official version of the City of Quinte West Official Plan and related schedules can be obtained from the planning and development services department located at Quinte West City Hall at 7 Creswell Dr., Trenton. All documents are produced on an as-requested basis. Please email the department at or call 613-392-2841, ext 4907 to confirm your document and the related fee before attending city hall pick-up. 

Official Plan amendments:

The Official Plan may need to be amended from time to time due to a new community or proposed development conditions that meet the municipality’s planning goals. An amendment may seek to change the land use designation of a property and/or apply new policies to that property as part of a proposed development or expansion to an existing use that is not allowed under the current Official Plan. 

An Official Plan amendment may also require other approvals before the development can occur, such as a zoning bylaw amendment. Although Official Plans must be approved by the Provincial Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, City Council has been granted authority to approve Official Plan amendments. Applicants proposing an Official Plan amendment must show the City Council that the proposed development meets the City’s long-term plans for the area and is compatible with surrounding land uses. 


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Official Plan Amendment



Note:  For applications designated as “Potential Refund” on Schedule F of bylaw 20-099, a stated refund amount may be returned upon the pre-approved withdrawal of the application or upon non-approval by the City or Local Planning Appeals Tribunal.  It is noted that all fees are non-refundable once the application has been accepted for processing and/or receipt.

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