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New Official Plan Adopted

Council for the Town of Midland adopted the new Town of Midland Official Plan on November 20, 2019. The Town will be submitting the new Official Plan to the County of Simcoe for approval. The County of Simcoe is the approval authority for the new Official Plan and the County may approve, modify and approve, or refuse to approve the Town of Midland Official Plan.​​

The new Official Plan applies to all lands within the Town of Midland. To view a copy of the Notice of Adoption and Adopted Official Plan click the links below.

County of Simcoe Decision

As noted above, the County of Simcoe is the approval authority for the new Official Plan and the County may approve, modify and approve, or refuse to approve the Town of Midland Official Plan. Updates on the County of Simcoe decision and proposed modifications to the Town of Midland Official Plan will be posted here. To receive notice of the decision of the County of Simcoe you must submit a written request to the address set out in the Notice of Adoption and also provided below:

Attention: County Clerk
County of Simcoe
Administration Centre
1110 Highway 26
Midhurst, ON
L9X 1N6

 OPR News & Updates

Status Notice - October 15, 2019

Second Draft of Official Plan for Public Comment - February 2019

Second Draft for Public Comment - February 2019

We have now hit this important stage in the development with the release of the Second Public Draft of the new Official Plan for the Town of Midland.  It is essential that anyone who f​eels that they have something to contribute on the draft Official Plan during the public consultation process to comment on its provisions. 

The Second Draft for Public Comment is available at the link provided above.

All comments by the public will be considered in detail by the OPR Steering Committee and Council, if necessary, further drafting will be undertaken. Public comment and input is an important and critical part of the preparation of the new Official Plan for the Town of Midland.

Public Open House and Public Meeting

In accordance with Section 17 and Section 26 of the Planning Act, R.S.O 1990, c.P.13, as amended, you are invited to attend an Open House and Statutory Public Meeting to ask questions and provide comments on Midland's proposed new Official Plan (February 2019).  The Notice of Public Open House and Public Meeting is provided below:

Notice of Public Open House and Public Meeting for OPR

Official Plan Review Newsletters

OPR Background Information

The Official Plan is Midland’s long-term planning document.  Under Ontario’s Planning Act, municipalities are required to review their Official Plan every five years. Midland’s current Official Plan was approved in 2003.

Through the Official Plan Review process, the Town is providing a forum for community discussion about the future of Midland by talking about growth, affordable housing, urban neighbourhoods design, commercial/employment lands, infrastructure, the waterfront, roads, trails, sidewalks and cycling routes, natural areas and parks.

 The Town of Midland has launched its five year review of its Official Plan to bring the Official Plan into conformity with various Provincial and County legislation and policies.

In May of 2015 the Town issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) to hire a consulting firm to prepare the Official Plan Review. Click here for the Terms of Reference for this RFP.

In July of 2015 the Town retained the services of The Planning Partnership in association with Municipal Planning Services, Plan B Natural Heritage, and urbanMetrics. Click here for The Planning Partnership Proposal.

The proposed work plan for the Official Plan Review has been organized into six phases and is expected to be completed by September 2017.  More information here:  Work Plan Overview - October 2016


Want to keep in touch about the Official Plan Review? 

If you are on our email list we will keep you updated with all the happenings on the OPR including: Newsletters, release of documents (including the Plan), and public notices and invites to upcoming events and meetings.  Send an email with your ​​name and address to planning@midland.ca​​

 Steering Committee

Committee Members

Community Representatives:

John Brousseau

Ron Neumann

Bill Kernohan​


Jonathan Main, Ward 1

Beth Prost, Ward 1

Bill Gordon, Ward 2

Cher Cunningham, Ward 3

Staff Resources

​Wes Crown

Director of Planning and Building Services​

Shawn Berriault

Director of Operations​

Natalie Murdock

Executive Assistant

Terms of Reference


The Official Plan Review Steering Committee shall guide the Town’s Official Plan Review (OPR) project and advise and assist the Town’s selected consultant and Town staff in completing the project in accordance with the approved of OPR Terms of Reference (attached). The Committee is to consider input from the public and provide recommendations to Council on the suitability of the Discussion Papers and Draft documents for public consultation and in respect of adoption of a new Official Plan for the Town of Midland. The Committee will provide regular updates to Council. 

Committee Composition 

The Committee shall consist of four (4) Members of Council and three (3) community representatives, with the Chief Administrative Officer, Director of Planning and Building Services, Town Engineer, Director of Operations, and Director of Corporate Services (or their alternates) and other staff, as required, attending in an advisory capacity. APPOINTMENTS The Members shall be appointed by Council for a term to coincide with the term of project. The OPR Project is expected to take approximately 18 months and will terminate with Council adoption of the new Official Plan for the Town of Midland. 

Meeting Schedule 

The Committee shall meet as required by the OPR Terms of Reference, with additional meetings to be called by the Chair as required for review of particular matters or issues. 


The Committee shall report directly to Council and shall be responsible for the following: 

a) Provide advice and guidance to the selected consultant on the completion of the OPR Project; 

b) review and provide input and comment on all draft reports, Discussion Papers, communications and consultation plans, and the various drafts of the proposed Official Plan; 

c) provide appropriate recommendations to Council on the appropriateness of all documents for public consultation purposes and recommend to Council the final version of an Official Plan suitable for adoption by the Town of Midland.

Reporting Structure of the Committee 

Minutes of the Committee meetings shall be recorded by the secretary/resource person and shall be approved by the Committee at the next meeting and forwarded to Council via the Council Information Package. Specific reports and/or recommendations by the Committee will be presented to Council by the applicable municipal staff representative by way of a staff report at the next Planning and Development Committee of Council. 

Staff Support 

a) Secretary/Resource Person; and 

b) Other Municipal Staff as required ​

 Agendas, Minutes and Presentations

Steering Committee Meeting - June 2019

Steering Committee Meeting - April 11, 2018

Steering Committee Meeting - December 4, 2017

Steering Committee Meeting - September 25, 2017

Steering Committee Meeting - April 25, 2017

Steering Committee Meeting - March 21, 2017

March 21, 2017 - Meeting Minutes 

March 21, 2017 - Agenda ​

Steering Committee Meeting - October 20th 2016

Steering Committee Meeting - July 2016

Steering Committee Meeting - June 2016

Steering Committee Meeting - May 2016

Steering Committee Meeting - December 2015

Steering Committee Meeting - September 2015

 Consultation Meetings and Events

Public Meeting (April 16, 2019)

Council Meeting - May 31, 2016

Official Plan Review Second Draft - Public Release

What We Heard summary - June 21, 2018 Public Information Meeting

June 21, 2018 - Grown Plan Public Information Meeting

Vision Statement Report

Visioning Workshop November 16, 2015

Council Meeting - February 7, 2018

We Want To Hear From You!

This is your town. Have your say!

Email: planning@midland.ca

Follow: @PlanMidland​

Inform: midland.ca/offical-plan-review

Planning Issues Reports

Communications Plan

What We Heard Summary – Community Forum – September 22, 2016

 Current/Past Studies & Projects

Current Development Projects

​Current Development Projects (note that this is not a complete list of applications filed with the Town):

Site Plan Applications

​​​​Zoning By-law Amendment Applications

Past Development Projects

​Past Development Projects: ​​



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Zoning By-law Amendment Applications

Current/Past Studies & Projects

Guidelines & Reports