On December 28, 2016 the Province approved The London Plan with modifications. A Notice of Decision was issued by the Province on December 30, 2016.
The London Plan is our City’s new Official Plan. You can consider it our future playbook for city-building over the next twenty years. The Plan was created after an extensive conversation with Londoners about their hopes, dreams and aspirations for London’s future – to the year 2035. This engagement program, called ReThink London, involved thousands of Londoners and over 100 different meetings and open houses in our community.
Two drafts of the London Plan were prepared and released to the Public for review and feedback. Even more meetings were held after each of these drafts were released, so that Staff could provide information to members of the public and hear their suggestions for changes. Public meetings were also held at Planning Committee, allowing Londoners to give their input and suggestions directly to members of City Council. Taking into account the feedback that was received, many changes were made to the first and second drafts of The London Plan to arrive at a Plan that was adopted by City Council on June 23, 2016.
The London Plan sets out a new approach for planning in London. It emphasizes growing inward and upward, so that we can reduce the costs of growth, create walkable communities, revitalize our urban neighbourhoods and business areas, protect our farmlands, and reduce greenhouse gases and energy consumption. The plan sets out to conserve our cultural heritage and protect our environmental areas, hazard lands, and natural resources. Through the London Plan our community is planning for vibrant, healthy, safe and fulfilling neighbourhoods, attractive and viable mobility alternatives and affordable housing that is accessible to those who need it. At the root of The London Plan is the goal of building a city that will be attractive as a place to live and invest in a highly competitive world and one that will offer the opportunity of prosperity to everyone – one their own terms and in their own way.
The London Plan will shape our City over the next 20 years. All of our by-laws and all of our public works must conform to the policies of this Plan. It sets the stage for the next twenty years of city building in London.