Official Plan and Comprehensive Zoning By-Law

NEW Hornepayne Official Plan and Comprehensive Zoning By-Law Planning

Land use planning affects almost every aspect of life in Ontario. It helps decide where in our community’s homes and factories should be built; where parks and schools should be located; and where roads, sewers and other essential services should be provided.

Land use planning means managing our land and resources. It helps each community to set goals about how it will grow and develop and to work out ways of reaching those goals while keeping important social, economic and environmental concerns in mind. It balances the interests of individual property owners with the wider interests and objectives of the whole community.

Good planning leads to orderly growth and the efficient provision of services. It touches all of us and helps us to have the kind of community we want.

1. Citizen Guide to The Planning Act

2. Citizen Guide to Official Plans

3. Citizen Guide to Zoning By-laws

4. Citizen Guide to Subdivisions

5. Citizen Guide to Land Severances

6. Citizen Guide Ontario Municipal Board

7. Citizen Guide to Northern Ontario

8. Citizen Guide to Building Permits

9. Citizen Guide to The Plan Review and Approval Process


The Township of Hornepayne is in the process of reviewing and updating its current Official Plan (1978) and creating a new Zoning By-law for the planning area. The Township is working with the consulting firm of J.L. Richards & Associates Limited in partnership with Commerce Management Group to prepare these documents.

What is an Official Plan?

An Official Plan is a document that establishes policies for how land should and will be used in your municipality, which is adopted by Council and approved by the Province. It deals with land use planning matters such as:

·       where new housing, businesses, and industry may be located;

·      how development will be shaped (densities, infill, affordability);

·      when, and in what order, parts of your community may grow;

·       how matters of provincial interest will be protected (wetlands, floodplains, heritage, etc.); and

·      community improvement initiatives and other implementation tools.

Current Official Plan

The Township’s Current Official Plan can be reviewed here.

The Township’s Official Plan Draft Base Maps:
Official Plan Schedule A Basemapping
Official Plan Schedule B Basemapping

What is a Zoning By-law?

A Zoning By-law is a legal tool to regulate the use of land and buildings, the size of lots, and the character, location, and height of buildings and structures. The intent of a Zoning By-law is to implement policies of the Official Plan and protect property owners from conflicting land uses.

How can I participate?

There are several opportunities throughout the Official Plan and Zoning By-law Review for public input and stakeholder consultation. The following represents the different stages of the public consultation plan:


Notices and Invitations

Official Plan and Zoning Review
Township of Hornepayne
Targeted Stakeholder Discussions
June 13, 2020

Draft Documents

The Draft Official Plan and Draft Zoning By-law will be available for review here during Stage 4 of the project (once available). 

Share your Comments at any time!

If you would like to provide comments regarding the contents of the Official Plan and Zoning By-law feel free to use the comment sheet Please note that you need a google account to fill this comment form online.

Alternatively, you can complete the attached form here and send it to Stacey Rendell (

Further information

If you have any further questions or require additional information, please contact:

o    Stacey Rendell, Economic Development Officer: or (807)-228-4193; or

o    Anne Dorion, Planner, J.L. Richards & Associates Limited:

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