Official Plan

Official Plan

Township of Huron Kinloss Official Plan

The Township of Huron Kinloss's Official Plan is the Township's land use planning and policy document. Its general purpose is to establish land use designations and policies for the physical development and redevelopment of the Township having regard to social, economic and environmental matters. Official Plans are regulated by Section 17 of the Ontario Planning Act. Official Plan policies are adopted by Council to define basic goals, objectives and directions for the coordinated growth and development of the Township. It identifies the planned municipal structure and provides the framework for municipal regulations including zoning bylaws, site plan approval and the subdivision of land.

The Official Plan also contains maps which designate land uses and which help guide municipal decisions on public facilities and services such as transportation, roads, parks and infrastructure. It also encourages the preservation of lands, buildings or structures having environmental, historic or architectural value. The Township of Huron Kinloss adopted a new Official Plan in 2016. The Official Plan only includes lands within the settlement areas.  All lands outside of the settlement areas are governed by the Bruce County Official Plan. The settlement areas within the Township include Lucknow, Ripley, Lakeshore, Amberley, Holyrood, Kinloss, Kinlough, Pine River and Whitechurch.

Official Plan Amendments

While the Official Plan is intended to establish policies for long-term growth, the Plan is periodically reviewed to ensure that it continues to meet the changing economic, social and environmental needs of the municipality. Occasionally it is necessary to amend the policies and/or designations contained in the Official Plan in order to facilitate new development or redevelopment proposals. Opportunities for public review and input are provided prior to the Township adopting any Official Plan Amendments. Section 17 of the Ontario Planning Act and accompanying regulations provide the legislative framework for processing Official Plans and Amendments. To enquire about the Township of Huron Kinloss Official Plan, amendments or applications, please contact Senior Planner David Smith at the County of Bruce.  He can be reached at 519-881-1782 or

As part of the Official Plan Review in 2015/2016, a comprehensive review in accordance with the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) was necessary to establish population and household projections and ensure that a 20-year supply of land is available to accommodate the projected demand.  In addition, an industrial/employment lands needs analysis was to be completed to determine whether additional industrial lands were required within the Township.  Additional industrial lands were designated in Lucknow through the Official Plan Review process.

The following background documents were a result of the Official Plan Review:

  • Township of Huron-Kinloss Official Plan Comprehensive Review
  • Background Paper - Source Water Protection
  • Natural Heritage Features Background Report

The Official Plan was adopted on August 15th, 2016 by the Township of Huron-Kinloss Council and was approved as modified on November 3rd, 2016.


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