The new SDG Official Plan was approved on February 4, 2018.
Notice to residents: The Official Plan was approved with modifications. You will find the modifications and maps in the Official Plans Documents below.
The Official Plan provides goals, objectives, policies, and procedures for development based on the social, economic, and environmental goals of our County. The Official Plan guides growth, infrastructure improvements, protects and enhances natural resources, and conserves cultural heritage. The Official Plan shapes the future of SDG, which is important to everyone who lives, works, or plays here.
Official plans are implemented locally through tools like zoning by-laws, site plans, and plans of subdivision.
- Provides policy framework for planning decisions and development in the County and local municipalities
- Approved by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) on February 4, 2018
- Serves as the Official Plan for the lower tier municipalities in SDG
- Designates lands for uses like residential, employment, commercial, etc.
- Is exempt from Ministry approval for Official Plan Amendments
Official Plan Documents
If you do not find the document that you are looking for please contact the Planning Department.
The SDG Official Plan serves the County and six local municipalities. The Official Plan is partially under appeal. Learn more about the status of the appeal below.
In Effect Official Plan
This version of the Official Plan includes Provincial modifications and indicates where a policy is under appeal (and therefore not in effect). Where a policy is under appeal the polices of the 2006 Official Plan (PDF) prevail.
Based on the Ontario Land Tribunal decision dated February 15, 2022 (click this link to view the decision) the 2018 Official Plan is now fully in effect for most of the United Counties with the exception of Schedule A1 (North Dundas), appeals noted on the schedules A2-A6 below, and the Natural Heritage system schedules. Where a schedule or designation for a property is under appeal the schedules of the 2006 Official Plan (PDF) prevail. A consolidated version of Schedules A2-A6 including Official Plan Amendments 1-8 will be posted online in the near future.
- Rural Schedule A6 (PDF)
- Glen Walter A6a (PDF)
- Green Valley A6b (PDF)
- Lancaster/South Lancaster A6c (PDF)
- Rural Schedule A4 (PDF)
- Long Sault A4a (PDF)
- St. Andrew's West A4b (PDF)
- Ingleside A4c (PDF)
- Newington A4d (PDF)
- Rosedale Terrace/Eamers Corners A4e (PDF)
Special Land Use Areas
- SLA1a - Winchester Employment Area (PDF)
- SLA2a - South Dundas (PDF)
- SLA4a - South Stormont (PDF)
- SLA4b - South Stormont - Long Sault Employment Area (PDF)
- SLA4c - South Stormont (PDF)
- SLA4d - South Stormont (PDF)
- SLA4e - South Stormont - Moulinette Island (PDF)
- SLA6a - South Glengarry - Bainsville Bay (PDF)
Official Plan Review and Update
The SDG Official Plan was approved on February 4, 2018.
The Official Plan was approved with modifications by the Minister of Municipal Affairs on February 4, 2018. View the decision (PDF).
Please take a look at our webmap or Frequently Asked Questions page to locate your property and learn more about how the decision may have affected you; or view our Official Plan Appeal section below.
If you were not able to file an appeal but have concerns regarding the proposed changes you can also join our mailing list. Please
The County identified and highlighted six main areas of interest during the Open Houses. Story boards (PDF) have been prepared on these changes.
View the presentation for the Open Houses (PDF).
SDG held a Public Meeting as per Section 17 and Section 21(1) of the Planning Act on Monday June 19. View the notice (PDF).
The County Official Plan sets out the vision for how SDG will grow to the year 2036. The Planning Act requires regular "check-ups" to ensure that the Official Plan is working to fulfill its vision. As part of this process we reviewed our designated areas of employment, natural features like woodlands and wetlands, and our agricultural resource lands. We have also made general updates around local food, active transportation, safe drinking water, and other legislative updates.
The Citizen's Guides prepared by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs provide general information on Official Plans, the Planning Act, and Municipal Plan Review:
The Planning Act requires the Official Plan Review to consider the employment land designations within the Counties. Staff performed a review of vacant employment lands, building permit records, and recent economic trends. Hemson Consulting was retained to provide a Population and Growth update and Employment Lands Review. This report updates and expands on the 2013 Hemson Population and Growth Projections report (PDF) which supported adjustments to 71 settlement area boundaries. The Employment Lands Report is summarized in a presentation made to County Council on January 25th, 2016.
Report 1: Updated Growth Forecasts (PDF)
Report 2 and Presentation to Council: Employment Needs Analysis (PDF)
Agricultural Lands in the County are a protected through designation in the Official Plan. These lands are protected for their important economic, cultural, and environmental value. Lands are evaluated to determine if they are classified as agricultural. The factors include soil type and quality, suitability for specialty crops, sufficient area for on-going farming, presence of on-going farming, and absence of incompatible land uses.
Clarke Consulting reviewed the designated agricultural lands and recommended areas that should be changed to rural designation. The presentation to Council on January 25th, 2016 can be found below.
Report including maps and Presentation To Council: Agricultural Resource Lands Review (PDF)
SDG recently updated the County forest cover mapping as part of a partnership with United Counties of Prescott-Russell; United Counties of Leeds and Grenville; City of Ottawa; Raisin Region Conservation Authority; Ontario Woodlot Association; and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry; using 2014 aerial imagery. This forest cover mapping was used to create a significant woodlands map using criteria established by the Natural Heritage Reference Manual (PDF). This mapping is used to screen development applications to ensure that woodlands are protected.
The woodlands mapping is combined with other natural features such as wetlands, Areas of Natural Scientific Interest, waterbodies, and floodplains to create the County's Natural Heritage System. This system is identified within the Schedules of the proposed Official Plan and is protected through the Natural Heritage policies of our Plan.
Modifications and Appeal
The SDG Official Plan was approved by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs on February 4, 2018.
Read a copy of the decision (PDF).
Many residents were concerned about the changes made through modifications. This resource page is available for anyone interested in staying informed about the Official Plan appeal.
The Ministry's decision included a number of policy modifications and land designation (schedules) changes. This online map shows the rural and agricultural areas that were modified (you can search using civic numbers). You can also read this FAQ sheet (PDF) for more information on the schedule changes.
Local municipalities and 25 local residents filed a list of appeals (PDF) - including a County appeal (PDF) - against some of the Ministry modifications. This type of appeal is heard by the Ontario Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (PDF).
Upcoming: Pre-Hearing Conference, December 17, 2018
The Tribunal has scheduled the first of two pre-hearing conferences, as well as distributing the relevant Notice including date and location (PDF). Pre-hearing conferences are used to organize parties, information, issues, in order to simplify the main hearing. The pre-hearing conferences also identify issues that may be mediated. Parties and participants can make motions and receive direction from the Tribunal member. The Tribunal generally does not hear evidence or submissions at a pre-hearing conference.
If you wish to be actively involved in the hearing, or if you filed an appeal, you must attend the pre-hearing conference. If you cannot attend, you must send an authorized representative who has written confirmation of authorization.
There are two options available for status at the hearing:
Party: Those who submitted appeals will receive party status at the pre-hearing. Parties are fully involved in the proceedings before the Tribunal, including filing submissions and presenting submissions at the hearing. They may also request costs, adjournments, or a review of the decision.
Participants: Participants have a more limited role in the appeal. They only provide submissions. They may also be asked questions on the content of their submissions. If you would like to request participant status, you must attend the first day of the hearing or pre-hearing conference and advise the Member that you would like to be added as a participant when the Member asks.
If you have any questions regarding the Official Plan modifications or appeal please contact Stephanie Morin, County Planning Technician.