Official Plan review

We’re reviewing our current Official Plan to ensure it meets the needs of our community

As Quinte West continues to grow and evolve, so does our Official Plan. The City of Quinte West Official Plan (2013) outlines the goals, objectives and policies on how land in the community should be used. We’re reviewing our current Official Plan to ensure it meets the needs of our community, and we’re asking for your insight and ideas to help shape the future of Quinte West.

Our Official Plan is the foundation for building a good community. It reflects our long-term vision and shared values to help guide decisions on land development, housing, economic growth and more. The City of Quinte West Official Plan (2013) includes policies that guide things like: 

  • Where new houses, industries, offices and stores can go
  • Where new roads, water mains, sewers, parks, schools and other services are needed
  • Where and when parts of the city will grow  
  • How to meet current and future needs while balancing social, economic and environmental interests
  • How to develop healthy, livable communities
  • How to evaluate and settle conflicting land uses

The Plan is prepared with input from the community and policies that are consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement

Learn more about the Official Plan 

The Official Plan has an impact on everyone who lives or works in Quinte West. It outlines what you can do with your property, how the City plans to protect the natural environment, opportunities to expand or welcome new industries and employers, and more. 

The development of the Official Plan and the review process also give you the opportunity to have your say on the planning decisions that are important to you and have an impact on your neighbourhood, community and city as a whole.

About the Official Plan review

Under the Planning Act, a municipality must review and update its Official Plan within 10 years of it coming into effect, and at least once every five years after that. This will be the City’s 10-year review. 

The review process will: 

  • Position the city for future growth 
  • Include new provincial legislation and regulations 
  • Consider new policy initiatives and plans, such as additional dwelling units and natural heritage systems
  • Include a community engagement process

The public engagement phase of the Official Plan review will happen in the spring of 2022, with an updated draft of the Official Plan available to coincide with public consultation. 

Get involved

The review considers public input and encourages Quinte West residents, business owners and other community members to participate by submitting their feedback. Have your say by participating in one or more of our open houses and/or providing your input online this spring.  

Open houses

The City hosted three public open houses in May of 2022 to discuss and listen to public input on different areas of the Official Plan. 


Draft documents updated Jan. 6, 2023

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