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The currently approved Official Plan for the Sudbury East Planning Area was adopted April 27th, 2010 and approved by

the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing September 28, 2010. The previous Official Plan was adopted April 8th, 2002 and  approved by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on March 4th, 2003.
Section 26 of the Planning Act requires that municipalities revise their official plans as required every five years after the official plan first comes into effect or every 10 years after it comes into effect as a new official plan to ensure that it:

  • Conforms with provincial plans (e.g. growth plans) or does not conflict with them, as the case may be;
  • Has regard to the matters of provincial interest listed in Section 2 of the Planning Act; (i.e. the protection of ecological systems, including natural areas, features and functions)
  • Is Consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014;
  • Contains policies that are current, relevant and meet the needs of the residents and the Municipalities.


The purpose of the Official Plan is to provide guidance for the physical development of the Planning Area over a 20-year periods, while taking into consideration important social, economic and environmental matters.
The Plan provides a policy framework to guide:

  • Where new development can locate;
  • How existing urban centres and settlement clusters will be strengthened;
  • How the natural environment will be protected; and
  • What services, such as roads, watermains, sewers and parks, will be planned for.

The Official Plan designates areas of the Municipality intended for residential, industrial, commercial and institutional use, as well as identifying major open space and parkland. The plan contains general policies to guide development within the various land use designations. Policies within the OP are then implemented through the more detailed land use regulations contained within the Zoning By-law.
All planning approvals (including zoning by-law amendments, consents, subdivision, etc) must confirm with the policies
of the Official Plan and be consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement.