What is an Official Plan?

    An Official Plan is a policy document that guides the short-term and long-term development in your community.  An Official Plan sets out a vision and goals and ensures that new development and growth considers a broad range of policies to protect the natural environment, align growth and development with municipal infrastructure, and promote complete, safe, accessible and inclusive communities.

    The Muskoka Official Plan covers:

    • Environmental protection
    • Water quality  
    • Resource Management  
    • Housing     
    • Growth and settlement patterns
    • Community vision and objectives                                          
    • Economic development                       
    • Tourism and resorts                               
    • Transportation 
    • Services and utilities
    • Implementation

    Where can I find the current Muskoka Official Plan?

    The June 28, 2019 office consolidation of the Muskoka Official Plan is available online or it can be obtained from the Community and Planning Services department.  

    Click the following link to view or download the plan now: Muskoka Official Plan

    (Please note the MOP is large document and may take a few moments to download)

    Learn more about the MOP on the District's website at: www.muskoka.on.ca/en/work-and-invest/Muskoka-Official-Plan.aspx 

    What is an Official Plan Amendment (OPA)?

    An Official Plan Amendment (OPA) is a formal document that changes a municipality’s official plan. Changes may be needed because of new circumstances in the community, changes at the Provincial level or because of requests made by property owners.

    How do I participate in the planning process?

    You can participate in the planning process for this project by staying engaged in this project page, by attending public meetings, open houses and workshops or by providing your thoughts in writing.

    To be notified of these important opportunities and to receive project updates, join our courtesy notice list by subscribing to follow this project and receive updates right to your inbox. 

    From the project home page, locate the "Stay Informed Tool" (Just look for the big blue megaphone on the top right-hand side of your desktop computer, or scroll down on your mobile device). Enter your email address and hit subscribe!  

    You will then be added to our courtesy notice list and receive regular email updates letting you know of updates, workshops, open houses, and public meeting dates

    Where can I learn more about Official Plans and the planning process?

    To learn more about Official Plans and the Planning Process, visit the Government of Ontario's website to view the Citizen's Guide to Land Use Planning.