Policies, By-laws & Guides

Policies & Protocols

Notice Posting Policy
Road Naming Policy
Telecommunications Tower Protocol


Growth Management Study 1996
Growth Management Strategy 2004
Official Plan
Zoning By-law


Land Use Planning Guide
Garden Suites Info

Growth Management Study 1996

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The Township of Springwater is poised for major new growth over the next 20 to 25 years.  The ever-changing Provincial land use planning framework and new major transportation improvements could accelerate the forecasted growth.  How the Township plans for that growth will, to a large extent, determine the type of community Springwater becomes in 2026.

Growth Management Strategy 2004
Executive Summary & Index
Section 1 - Introduction
Section 2 - Provincial & County Policy Context
Section 3 - Local Policy Context
Section 4 - Community Profile
Section 5 - Population, Household and Employment Forecasts
Section 6 - Supply of Housing & Employment Lands
Section 7 & 8 - Land Need Calculation & Settlement Strategy

Schedule - Anten Mills
Schedule - Centre Vespra
Schedule - Elmvale
Schedule - Hillsdale
Schedule - Midhurst
Schedule - Minesing
Schedule - Orr Lake
Schedule - Phelpston
Schedule - Snow Valley

Official Plan
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The Official Plan is document which guides development within the municipality in terms of potential land uses and the way in which development can take place.

The Official Plan assumes that the high quality of life now enjoyed by the Township's residents can be maintained and enhanced if the area's natural environmental features, natural resources and rural character are preserved. It is the basis of the Plan that change is inevitable and that change should be managed in an efficient and orderly manner.

The Official Plan received Provincial approval in February 1998 and OMB approval in October 1998 (appeals). The Township has adopted a Housekeeping Amendment to revise the road names of the former Provincial Highways (now County Roads) and to deal with other outstanding matters. In October of 2015, an Office Consolidation of the Springwater Official Plan and its amendments is available for purchase by the public in book form or on CD ROM (text only). To order a paper or CD copy, contact the Planning Office.

You may also download the text for each Official Plan policy section here:

Schedule A-1
Schedule A-2
Schedule A-3
Schedule A-4
Schedule A-5
Schedule A-6
Schedule A-7
Schedule A-8
Schedule A-9 
Schedule A-10
Schedule A-11
Schedule A-12
Schedule A-12A
Schedule A-13A
Schedule A-13C
Schedule B
Schedule C

Official Plan Amendments

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Property owners who wish to redesignate their property to permit a specific development proposal may apply for an Official Plan Amendment. In addition to the fees, the applicant may be required to submit a preliminary development proposal and/or complete a number of technical and other studies.

Prior to the adoption of an OPA, Council must hold at least one Public Meeting. Notice of this meeting is circulated to a list of public agencies and ministries as well as neighbouring property owners usually within 120 metres (400 feet) of the subject lands. If and when an OPA is adopted by Council, it must also be approved by the Approval Authority, currently the County of Simcoe. For more information on planning fees, see our Fee Schedule.

For more information, contact the Planning Department

Zoning By-law

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The Zoning By-law establishes the legal controls over what can be done and where on individual properties.

This is a copy of the Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw 5000 presented to Council for approval on August 5th, 2003 together with site specific amendments thereto approved by the OMB on April 5, 2005. By-law 5000-038 was passed on the 21st day of November, 2005, which replaces the existing map schedules with an updated and consolidated version while updating and consolidating the text.

The Zoning By-law is posted by sections in *.pdf format

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