The Official Plan contains City Council's objectives and policies to guide the short-term and long-term physical development of all lands within the boundary of the municipality. The Plan seeks to balance the goals of economic prosperity, community vitality, environmental responsibility, enriched cultural identity and infrastructure sustainability.
It provides direction for the use, intensity, and form of development; provision of municipal services and facilities; and preparation of regulatory by-laws to implement its policies. An official plan is necessary to promote orderly urban growth and compatibility among land uses.
An official plan should not be regarded as a static or inflexible document, but rather one that is expected to change over time to respond to evolving economic, social, environmental during the planning period. The Official Plan recognizes this by including policies that set out the criteria and considerations that are to be used in the evaluation of applications for Official Plan amendments. The Official Plan includes both policies and maps.
Council will monitor its Official Plan and will periodically undertake a comprehensive review to ensure that it is consistent with provincial policy statements and takes into account matters that are of provincial interest, is up to date regarding the issues that London is facing, and provides a framework for future growth and development.
London has recently completed The London Plan – a new official plan. On December 28, 2016, the Province approved The London Plan with modifications. Portions of The London Plan are currently under appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board, and until those appeals are resolved the previous Official Plan (1989) also remains in effect.