2024 Official Plan Review


The Municipality of South Huron, along with Huron County are embarking on a year long project to update the South Huron Official Plan 

An Official Plan (or OP) provides short term and long term vision for land use, growth and development within the municipality. 

Section 26 of the Planning Act requires that municipal Councils review their OP not less than every five years; as the last review occurred in 2014, another review is required.

 The Act requires the review to ensure that the Official Plan has regard for matters of provincial interest and is consistent with policy statements. The Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) was recently updated in 2020 from the previous version in 2014; it is anticipated that an update to the PPS will be released in 2024. The South Huron OP requires review to ensure consistency with the PPS as well as matters of provincial interest.

South Huron's OP is required to conform to upper tier Official Plans under Section 27(1) of the Planning Act. The Huron County OP was reviewed and updated in 2021.

  • A special meeting of Council was held on Wednesday March 27th, 2024 at 5pm in Council Chambers to discuss revisions to the OP that may be required and to solicit suggestions from the public and agencies on possible revisions (often referred to as a Section 26 meeting). Link to Youtube Video 


Community Table 
  • Agriculture - June 26th 6:30-8:30pm - Town Hall (Verity Room) 


If you are interested in hosting a meeting, please contact op@southhuron.ca

Register to attend a community table 

Have Your Say 

The community is invited to share ideas about their vision for the Municipality and the policy direction to manage future land use and growth. Those wishing to participate in the planning process are encouraged to send their comments, or concerns via email or mail to:

  • Mailed to the Municipal Office: Attention - Official Plan Review (322 Main Street South, Exeter, ON, N0M 1S6)
  • Oral comments may also be expressed at the meeting

Please note that comments and opinions submitted on these matters, including the originator’s name and address, become part of the public record and may be viewed by the general public and may be published in a Planning Report, Council Agenda or Council Minutes

 Share your ideas! 



Proposed Milestones 
February 5th, 2024
  • Council passed a recommendation to proceed with Official Plan Review
February 2024
  • Advertisements in local newspaper/radio/social media of Section 26 meeting 
  • Circulation to key community groups and agencies to inform of process
 March 27, 2024
  • Special meeting of Council, open to the public, to discuss the revisions to the OP that might be required (referred to as Section 26 meeting)
April 2024
  • Prepare Background Report and scheduling of Community Tables 
  • Public Consultation (online, community tables, etc) held to hear input from public, agencies, and community groups.
May 2024
  • Present Background Report and ‘What We Heard’ Report to Council  
  • Prepare draft Official Plan in response to legislative requirements, public and agency input
June 2024
  • Finalize Draft Official Plan, policy and mapping 
July 2024
  • Present Draft Official Plan to Council
  • Schedule Open Houses 
August 2024
  • Mailout to Property Owners
  • Advertise Open Houses
September 2024
  • Open House
  • Meeting with Property Owners
  • Site Visits as necessary 
October 2024
  • Revised Draft presented to Council based on feedback received through Open Houses
  • Public meeting scheduled
November 2024
  • Further consultation with landowners, community groups as required
  • Notice of Public Meeting published
December 2024
  • Public Meeting
January 2025
  • Final changes in response to Public Meeting input 
February 2025
  • South Huron Council Adoption of 5 Year Review Update
March 2025
  • Huron County Council decision on Official Plan Amendment, either:
  • approve
  • deny
  • approve with modifications
  • defer
April 2025 
  • Appeal period on decision of County Council occurs 20 days from when Notice of Decision is given.
  • If no appeals are received, the decision of County Council ends and the OPA comes into force if approved.


Frequently Asked Questions 



What is an Official Plan?

The Official Plan is a strategic policy document that guides the long-term vision for growth and development of communities, as well as the protection of key resources.


The Official Plan contains both policy (text) and land use designations (mapping). 

Who uses the Official Plan?

The official Plan can be used by many people including: 

  • Property owners who want to develop or redevelop their property 
  • Municipal staff and Council to guide decisions on how the municipality changes 
  • Future residents or business owners who want to know what is permitted in the neighbourhood they want to buy a house or establish a business in 
How does the Official Plan Affect me?

An Official Plan affects everyone by:

  • Determining the location, types and densities of housing;

  • Determining where businesses can be established;
  • Protecting natural areas;
  • Identifying where growth and infrastructure should locate in future. 

Why is the Official Plan being reviewed?

The Planning Act requires that municipal Councils review their OP not less than every five years; as the last review occurred in 2014, another review is required.

Changes in the community since the last review include:

  • increased commercial and residential development;
  • shortages in housing overall and specific shortages in affordable housing;
  • increased frequency of extreme weather events; and
  • and demographic shifts.

It is important the Official Plan is updated to reflect how physical change will occur in response to changes in the community and the effects on the social, economic, built and natural environment. 

Who is involved?

  • Community Members
  • Local interest groups (BIA, agricultural reps, service clubs, etc)
  • South Huron and County Councils
  • Staff from South Huron and Huron County Planning & Development Department
  • Agency and technical staff (Conservation Authority, Municipal Engineer) 


If you and/or a community group are interested in participating in the review, please contact op@southhuron.ca

How can I participate? 

The meeting to discuss possible revisions to the Official Plan is being held on Wednesday, March 27th, 2024 at the South Huron Council Chambers (Exeter). There is also a virtual participation option. 



There will be many options for public consultation including in-person and online.

Have a question or comment?

Where can I find updates regarding this project?

This page will be updated as more information is available. You can click "Receive Email Updates" at the bottom of this page 


Staff Reports


Background resources: 




Contact Info
PlannerMunicipal Contact 

Celina McIntosh , Planner               

519-524-8394 ext. 3

519-235-0310 ext 234

Vanessa Culbert, Planning Coordinator 
519-235-0310 ext 252
322 Main Street South, Exeter, ON, N0M 1S6


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