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Niagara Official Plan - Pillars and Directives

What is the Niagara Regional Plan?

Niagara Region is creating a new Niagara Official Plan to guide how our region will grow and change physically, economically and socially over the next 30 years. 
Niagara Region is forecasted to grow to a minimum of 674,000 people and 272,000 jobs by 2051. The Niagara Official Plan will help guide Niagara's sustainable growth and development over the next few decades.

The Niagara Official Plan is a long-range, policy planning document to shape Niagara's physical, economic and social development.

The Niagara Official Plan will include objectives, policies and mapping that form Niagara's approach to managing population and employment growth; protecting the natural environment, resources and farmland; and providing sufficient infrastructure.

The draft pillars and directives for the new Niagara Official plan address public consultation gathered to date, and align with Council's strategic Plan (2019-2022).
Pillar Statements for our Niagara Official Plan

How strongly do the following statements (6 to 9) align with your vision? 
6. EXCEPTIONAL development and communities

Well-planned, high-quality development in appropriate locations that improves our communities, while protecting what’s valuable


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7. DIVERSE housing types, jobs and population

Wide mix of housing types and employment opportunities that attract diverse populations to Niagara across all ages, incomes and backgrounds


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8. THRIVING agriculture and tourism

A prosperous agricultural industry and world-class tourism opportunities that grow our economy and elevate the Niagara experience


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RESILIENT urban and natural areas

Areas rich in biodiversity that mitigate and adapt to climate change while strengthening Niagara’s ability to recovery from extreme weather events

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Major Directives

How strongly do you agree or disagree with these major official plan directives?
10. Manage growth strategically and diversify the housing stock to accommodate all ages and incomes.
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11. Elevate the livability and engaging qualities of communities, facilities and attractions.
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12. Provide connections within and between communities and outside the region.
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13. Plan and manage growth to position Niagara for economic prosperity.
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14. Enhance the sustainability and resilience of Niagara’s built and natural environment.
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Detailed Directives

Please read the following directives for each aspect of our new Official Plan and let us know which ones you agree with.


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15. Growing Region
17. Vibrant Region
19. Connected Region
21. Competitive Region
23. Sustainable Region