Recolour Grey Logo 3270This March, Grey County is holding a final series of public open houses and one last public meeting to discuss its new official plan draft. Open houses will be held throughout the county from March 12-14 and the formal public meeting will be held on March 27 at the Grey County administration building in Owen Sound.

After a busy two years of in-depth public engagement and thoughtful policy review, Recolour Grey, our review of the Grey County Official Plan, is nearing completion,” said Grey County Warden Stewart Halliday. “Residents, businesses and stakeholders from across Grey County have shared their ideas and provided comments that helped shape the new plan. This March we’re giving everyone more opportunities to understand the changes and share their thoughts before Grey County Council endorses the plan. We encourage you to come out and help shape the future of Grey County.”

Four public open houses will allow residents and businesses to learn about Grey County’s land use planning goals, the policies that guide development and protect natural areas and how proposed changes to the official plan could impact future uses of land. County staff will be available to answer questions, explain policy changes and walk attendees through mapping.  No appointments are needed for these informal drop-in sessions.

Policy and mapping changes can result in benefits to property owners, or they could limit some development,” said Randy Scherzer, Grey County’s director of planning. “We want to make sure farmers and landowners understand how the proposed new plan will impact their land, if at all.”

Two open houses will be held at Grey Ag Services, 206 Toronto Street South, Unit 3, in Markdale, on Monday, March 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and again on Wednesday, March 14 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  On Tuesday, March 13 county staff will be at the Grey County Federation of Agriculture at 446 10th Street in Hanover from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The last open house will be hosted at the Grey County administration building, 595 9th Ave. East, Owen Sound, on March 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location

Time

Grey Ag. Services
206 Toronto Street South, Unit 3
Markdale

Mon., March 12 - 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wed., March 14 - 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Grey Federation of Agriculture
446 10th Street
Hanover

Tues., March 13 - 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Grey County Administration
595 9th Ave. E., Valley Room
Owen Sound

Thurs., March 15 - 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The last formal public meeting to review the official plan will be held on March 27 at the Grey County Administration Building, 595 9th Avenue East in Owen Sound from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. At this meeting, Grey County staff will highlight key changes of the proposed new official plan, including suggested revisions already received from the public. After the presentation there will be an open public question and comment period.

Following the public meeting, planning staff will review all the comments and prepare a revised draft plan. This revision will be presented to Grey County Council late in the spring for endorsement.

Anyone unable to attend the open houses or public meeting can find a draft of the new Grey County Official Plan online at www.Grey.ca/RecolourGrey. There is also a link to a new interactive map which lets users compare current land uses and changes proposed in the new official plan.

An official plan is an important land use planning tool that helps manage land and resources.  The Grey County Official Plan is a forward-looking document that sets goals and policies about how Grey County should grow and develop over the next 20 years. Land use planning affects almost every area of life. It impacts where parks and schools should be located and where infrastructure like roads, sewers and other services should be installed. It also maps important environmental features we want to protect.

For more information about Recolour Grey or the official plan, email recolour@grey.ca (link sends e-mail) or call 1 800 567 4739.