2018 Official Plan Review

Contact Information
2018 Official Plan Review
Attention:  Stephen Ashton
Manager, Policy Planning
613-968-6481 ext 3222

The Request for Proposals – What the City was looking for

The City of Belleville seeks a qualified consultant to conduct both a "comprehensive review" in accordance with the requirements of Subsection of the Provincial Policy Statement, as well as the completion of the five (5) year review of the Official Plan in accordance with Subsection 26(1) of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended.

The continued growth pressures north of Highway # 401 and the future expansion of the NE Industrial Park will require adjustment to the City’s Urban Serviced Area as defined by Schedule 'B' in the Official Plan. The review will rely on the completion of several specific tasks in order to provide direction for growth. These tasks will include the completion of a population projection, including immigration, demographic change, aging population, and potential future socio-economic changes and their implications on the local community. The review should also consider household and housing/employment projections, an intensification analysis (for housing and employment), the use of growth areas (for housing and employment), a land area summary (including vacant land analysis and development capacity/land needs analysis). In addition the review will examine existing and planned servicing to determine the infrastructure needs to accommodate future growth, as well as infrastructure requirements to accommodate intensification and re-development in the built-up area.

Should growth be supported by this analysis, the review will then consider directions for change in the context of the current boundaries of the City’s 'Urban Serviced Area' as defined by Schedule 'B' of the City’s Official Plan. As well, the review should analyze certain designated growth areas located within the City’s Loyalist Secondary Plan. Specifically, the following matters should be considered:

  • review the inclusion of lands outside the Urban Serviced Area recently expropriated by the City of Belleville;
  • review a contemplated boundary adjustment whereby lands are proposed to be removed from the Urban Serviced Area in exchange for other lands proposed to be added to the Urban Serviced Area;
  • review the development potential of lands designated "Residential" in that part of the City’s Loyalist Secondary Plan located north of Moira Street West.

In conjunction with the aforementioned, the consultant shall complete the legislated requirement to up-date the City’s Official Plan, as well as review the Loyalist Secondary Plan, which was adopted by amendment to the Plan, in accordance with the requirements of both the Planning Act and the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS). A draft up-date (less the Secondary Plan) has previously been completed by Staff and a preliminary review was undertaken by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The consultant is requested to review this draft document and the submitted comments of the Ministry, as well as any comments that may be received by the public, to ensure the completion of the Official Plan in accordance with the current requirements of the Planning Act, as well as compliance with the current PPS.


A Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued on August 31, 2017 and closed on October 3, 2017. A total of 3 submissions were received.

On November 14, 2018 Belleville City Council voted that the Request for Proposal submission from Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. and Dillon Consulting Ltd. be accepted for Consulting Services for the undertaking of a Review of the Official Plan.


Work Plan

The proposed Work Plan can be found by clicking on Watson Work Plan under “Related Downloads” found below.

Going Forward

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Related Downloads

Watson Work Plan

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