Release of Final Drafts of the Employment Strategy and Intensification Strategy Technical Briefs

We are pleased to post a variety of items related to to the Regional Official Plan Review (ROPR), including:

The Employment Strategy assesses employment in the broadest context, including:

  • a policy review;
  • an examination of current and future employment trends;
  • land supply analysis;
  • an employment and land demand forecast to 2051; and,
  • an assessment of the Region's capacity to accommodate the forecast and provide the background for the delineation of Regional Employment Areas, establishing density targets and land needs assessments.

A draft version of the Intensification Strategy Technical Brief was previously released for feedback in August 2020 (please see the Document Library on the right hand column of this page for a listing of all previously released documents). This final version of the Intensification Strategy has not only taken this feedback into consideration and made some revisions (including the location of the proposed Intensification Corridors), but has also updated the brief to incorporate the Provincial population and employment forecasts to the year 2051.

A Storymap is a simplified and visually-interactive representation of the ROPR process. It includes an explanation of how to plan to the year 2051, the foundation of the ROP, exploring where we could grow and how, and finally, a summary of how decisions will be made as we move through the process. If you aren't familiar with the ROPR process, the Storymap is a quick, interesting, and informative way to learn about how and why we update official plans.

The video from the June 24 Ask-a-Planner webinar has also been uploaded - please see the column to the right of the screen. This two-part video is approximately an hour and a half in length and provides a summary of the preliminary growth scenarios, the evaluation criteria, and an overview of next steps. The Q & A portion of the webinar is also included, and a summary document will be added to this section this summer.

We hope this information helps you follow the ROPR process. We will release more information as we move into the fall.

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