What is an Official Plan?

The Official Plan is a strategic document for guiding land use and development in the municipality. The text of the plan describes Council’s policies on how land in the municipality should be used. Official Plans have legal status through the Planning Act. All relevant land use related by-laws (such as the zoning by-law) must conform to the Official Plan.

Official Plans contain the goals and objectives of the community and establish policies to direct the form, location, nature and rate of growth and change over a set period of time – typically a 20 year planning horizon.

The Cramahe Official Plan was prepared in consultation with the community and other agencies such as the Northumberland County and Conservation Authorities. Official Plans are required to be reviewed every 5 years.