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Join a Webinar! (April - May 2022)

Public engagement is a vital component of the Official Plan Review process. The feedback you provide through each phase helps the City identify the community's needs, outline key priorities and draft the updated Vaughan Official Plan. As the review progresses, the City is hosting a series of topic-based webinars to engage with the community and encourage citizens to continue providing input before Phase One of the review process is complete.

Attend a webinar, or all four. Each one will focus on a different topic related to the Official Plan Review process. The themes have been identified as priorities from previous public engagement opportunities. The webinars will feature presenters who will share their knowledge and experiences and lead interactive question-and-answer periods. Details for each session are below:

Climate Change Resilience and Adaptation
April 20, 7:00pm
How can Vaughan's Official Plan be updated to respond to the climate emergency? This webinar discussed climate change mitigation and adaptation - including how municipalities are at the forefront of climate change policy in Canada.
Watch the webinar here.

Affordable Housing
April 27, 7:00pm
What can the City do to make sure Vaughan is a place that welcomes residents of all incomes, ages and stages of life? This webinar discussed the future of housing affordability in Vaughan - including how youth can realistically afford to expand their families and how seniors can age in place.
Watch the webinar
here.

Placemaking
May 9, 7:00pm
How can the City create gathering spaces that build community? How can these spaces be sustainable and mitigate the effects of climate change? This webinar discussed placemaking and urban design - including how Vaughan can create great urban spaces, parks and streetscapes through the lens of sustainability.
Watch the webinar
here.

Healthy Communities
May 12, 7:00pm
How can the way the City designs communities improve the physical and mental health of residents? This webinar discussed developing healthy communities - including considering accessibility, making them inclusive and fostering social cohesion through design.
Watch the webinar (coming soon).

Vaughan is Growing and Evolving

Vaughan's communities are constantly growing and changing. Vaughan is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada with a population of 341,600 people and 240,100 jobs in 2021. Between 2021 and 2051, Vaughan will become home to 228,000 more people, bringing the total population to 570,400 people. Vaughan will also provide nearly 111,400 more jobs bringing the total employment to 351,500 jobs. This expected growth will account for almost one-third of the region's growth over the next three decades. It is important the City plans for new growth in a way that is strategic, thoughtful, appropriate and aligned with what our residents and businesses value most.

What is an Official Plan?

The Official Plan is a strategic planning document that establishes a policy framework to guide the physical, social, environmental and economic development of the city. It is a document that:

  • Implements goals, objectives and land use policies to serve the city's communities
  • Directs density, housing supply, protection of environmental features and agricultural areas, cultural heritage preservation and more
  • Guides growth and development to implement the vision for the city's long-term evolution

Updating the Vaughan Official Plan

The Vaughan Official Plan 2010 contains a vision for the future that stresses responsible governance, sustainable planning, economic leadership, transparency, accountability, and inclusivity. This vision has guided Vaughan’s growth and development over the past decade.

It is now time to update the Official Plan through the Official Plan Review to better meet the needs of current and future citizens, workers and visitors. The updated Official Plan must conform with new Provincial policies and plans, including the Provincial Policy Statement, Greenbelt Plan, Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, and 2051 growth targets for people and jobs. It must also conform with the York Region Official Plan currently being updated through the York Region Municipal Comprehensive Review.

The Official Plan Review will follow a principled approach rooted in environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and economic development to plan for complete communities and guide the city’s growth for the next 30 years and beyond.


The Official Plan Review Process

The new Official Plan will contain an updated vision for the future stated through goals and policies. The Official Plan Review process will occur in four phases and will include community engagement throughout.

Phase 1: Visioning and Background Review

Phase 1 involves the development of a community-based vision and goals through community participation on activities on this page and through webinars and events.

The City looks forward to hearing your answers to questions such as:

  • What's your vision for Vaughan?
  • What should Vaughan's goals be for the future?

Phase 1 also involves research into seven key topics shown as icons below.

The icons represent the background paper focus areas. They are, residential growth, employment land uses, agriculture system, commercial use, urban design and sustainable development, climate change and natural heritage

A team of experts in these topic areas are completing research and will share their findings with the community through topic-based webinars and through activities on this page. Engagement on the Background Papers will follow our collaboration on the community-based vision.

Phase 2: Policy Development

Phase 2 involves the development of new policies and the new Draft Official Plan, informed by engagement events such as public open houses and city-wide town halls (dates to be announced).

Phase 3: Official Plan Adoption

Phase 3 involves revisions to the new Draft Official Plan, the statutory public open houses and statutory public meeting (dates to be announced), and Council adoption of the new Official Plan.

Phase 4: Official Plan Approval

Phase 4 involves the submission of the new Official Plan to York Region for approval, Project completion and final approval of the new Official Plan.


Get Inspired; Get Involved!

We want to hear from you! The feedback you provide will help us identify your needs and priorities as the City continues to engage with the community in a way that is open, transparent, accessible and inclusive. There are many ways for you to get involved in the Official Plan Review and share your feedback that will help inform the updated Official Plan.

Below you will find activities that you can participate in. The tools and questions will change as the project progresses and as we learn more about the community's needs and interests, so check-in often and tell us what you think!

The City is committed to reporting back to the community on what we heard throughout each phase of work (see the "Project Timeline" to the right). You can access these reports as they become available on this page. More information can be found on this page, through vaughan.ca/OPR, by following the City's social media updates or by signing up to receive updates - see the sign up feature on this home page!

Have a say in Vaughan's future. With your active participation in the Official Plan Review, you can help ensure the City we call home will continue to rank as one of the best places to live, work, learn and play in Canada!




Join a Webinar! (April - May 2022)

Public engagement is a vital component of the Official Plan Review process. The feedback you provide through each phase helps the City identify the community's needs, outline key priorities and draft the updated Vaughan Official Plan. As the review progresses, the City is hosting a series of topic-based webinars to engage with the community and encourage citizens to continue providing input before Phase One of the review process is complete.

Attend a webinar, or all four. Each one will focus on a different topic related to the Official Plan Review process. The themes have been identified as priorities from previous public engagement opportunities. The webinars will feature presenters who will share their knowledge and experiences and lead interactive question-and-answer periods. Details for each session are below:

Climate Change Resilience and Adaptation
April 20, 7:00pm
How can Vaughan's Official Plan be updated to respond to the climate emergency? This webinar discussed climate change mitigation and adaptation - including how municipalities are at the forefront of climate change policy in Canada.
Watch the webinar here.

Affordable Housing
April 27, 7:00pm
What can the City do to make sure Vaughan is a place that welcomes residents of all incomes, ages and stages of life? This webinar discussed the future of housing affordability in Vaughan - including how youth can realistically afford to expand their families and how seniors can age in place.
Watch the webinar
here.

Placemaking
May 9, 7:00pm
How can the City create gathering spaces that build community? How can these spaces be sustainable and mitigate the effects of climate change? This webinar discussed placemaking and urban design - including how Vaughan can create great urban spaces, parks and streetscapes through the lens of sustainability.
Watch the webinar
here.

Healthy Communities
May 12, 7:00pm
How can the way the City designs communities improve the physical and mental health of residents? This webinar discussed developing healthy communities - including considering accessibility, making them inclusive and fostering social cohesion through design.
Watch the webinar (coming soon).

Vaughan is Growing and Evolving

Vaughan's communities are constantly growing and changing. Vaughan is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada with a population of 341,600 people and 240,100 jobs in 2021. Between 2021 and 2051, Vaughan will become home to 228,000 more people, bringing the total population to 570,400 people. Vaughan will also provide nearly 111,400 more jobs bringing the total employment to 351,500 jobs. This expected growth will account for almost one-third of the region's growth over the next three decades. It is important the City plans for new growth in a way that is strategic, thoughtful, appropriate and aligned with what our residents and businesses value most.

What is an Official Plan?

The Official Plan is a strategic planning document that establishes a policy framework to guide the physical, social, environmental and economic development of the city. It is a document that:

  • Implements goals, objectives and land use policies to serve the city's communities
  • Directs density, housing supply, protection of environmental features and agricultural areas, cultural heritage preservation and more
  • Guides growth and development to implement the vision for the city's long-term evolution

Updating the Vaughan Official Plan

The Vaughan Official Plan 2010 contains a vision for the future that stresses responsible governance, sustainable planning, economic leadership, transparency, accountability, and inclusivity. This vision has guided Vaughan’s growth and development over the past decade.

It is now time to update the Official Plan through the Official Plan Review to better meet the needs of current and future citizens, workers and visitors. The updated Official Plan must conform with new Provincial policies and plans, including the Provincial Policy Statement, Greenbelt Plan, Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, and 2051 growth targets for people and jobs. It must also conform with the York Region Official Plan currently being updated through the York Region Municipal Comprehensive Review.

The Official Plan Review will follow a principled approach rooted in environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and economic development to plan for complete communities and guide the city’s growth for the next 30 years and beyond.


The Official Plan Review Process

The new Official Plan will contain an updated vision for the future stated through goals and policies. The Official Plan Review process will occur in four phases and will include community engagement throughout.

Phase 1: Visioning and Background Review

Phase 1 involves the development of a community-based vision and goals through community participation on activities on this page and through webinars and events.

The City looks forward to hearing your answers to questions such as:

  • What's your vision for Vaughan?
  • What should Vaughan's goals be for the future?

Phase 1 also involves research into seven key topics shown as icons below.

The icons represent the background paper focus areas. They are, residential growth, employment land uses, agriculture system, commercial use, urban design and sustainable development, climate change and natural heritage

A team of experts in these topic areas are completing research and will share their findings with the community through topic-based webinars and through activities on this page. Engagement on the Background Papers will follow our collaboration on the community-based vision.

Phase 2: Policy Development

Phase 2 involves the development of new policies and the new Draft Official Plan, informed by engagement events such as public open houses and city-wide town halls (dates to be announced).

Phase 3: Official Plan Adoption

Phase 3 involves revisions to the new Draft Official Plan, the statutory public open houses and statutory public meeting (dates to be announced), and Council adoption of the new Official Plan.

Phase 4: Official Plan Approval

Phase 4 involves the submission of the new Official Plan to York Region for approval, Project completion and final approval of the new Official Plan.


Get Inspired; Get Involved!

We want to hear from you! The feedback you provide will help us identify your needs and priorities as the City continues to engage with the community in a way that is open, transparent, accessible and inclusive. There are many ways for you to get involved in the Official Plan Review and share your feedback that will help inform the updated Official Plan.

Below you will find activities that you can participate in. The tools and questions will change as the project progresses and as we learn more about the community's needs and interests, so check-in often and tell us what you think!

The City is committed to reporting back to the community on what we heard throughout each phase of work (see the "Project Timeline" to the right). You can access these reports as they become available on this page. More information can be found on this page, through vaughan.ca/OPR, by following the City's social media updates or by signing up to receive updates - see the sign up feature on this home page!

Have a say in Vaughan's future. With your active participation in the Official Plan Review, you can help ensure the City we call home will continue to rank as one of the best places to live, work, learn and play in Canada!



  • Official Plan Webinars

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    Join us for a webinar!
    The City is hosting a series of topic-based webinars to engage the community and encourage citizens to continue providing input before Phase One of the review process is complete. Attend a webinar, or all four! Each one focuses on a different topic related to the Official Plan Review. The themes have been identified as priorities from previous engagement opportunities. The webinars will feature presenters who will share their knowledge and experiences and lead interactive question-and-answer periods. Register for the webinars today!

    Climate Change Resilience & Adaptation

    April 20, 7:00pm

    Watch the webinar recording here.

    Affordable Housing

    April 27, 7:00pm

    Watch the webinar recording here.

    Placemaking

    May 9, 7:00pm

    Watch the webinar recording here.

    Healthy Communities

    May 12, 7:00pm

    Register here.

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