New ROPA 38 draft Guidelines: your chance to have your say online

Last month we launched new web pages on to encourage dialogue on a series of draft Guidelines.  The Guidelines are designed to help implement policies contained within Regional Official Plan Amendment No. 38 (ROPA 38), “An Amendment to Incorporate the Results of Sustainable Halton, Official Plan Review Directions and Other Matters.”

The Regional Official Plan guides land use planning throughout Halton by balancing community needs, economic prosperity and environmental protection.

The ROPA 38 process began in 2006 as a response to provincial requirements set out in policy documents such as the Places to Grow Plan, the Greenbelt Plan and the Provincial Policy Statement.

ROPA 38 was the final step in the planning strategy known as Sustainable Halton, which outlines how and where Halton will grow until 2031.  On December 16, 2009, Halton Regional Council unanimously adopted ROPA 38 and forwarded it to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for approval. The Ministry issued its Notice of Decision on November 24, 2011 to approve ROPA 38. 

Sustainable Halton was one of our biggest public consultation projects.  With these new web pages, we are once again inviting members of the public to participate by reviewing these documents online and providing comments.  As they are developed throughout the rest of the year, the draft Guidelines will be posted on the site, with feedback forms available for your comments.

The draft Guidelines are grouped into five themes:

Agricultural / Rural Guidelines  

  • Agricultural Impact Assessment 
  • Livestock Facilities 
  • On-Farm Business 
  • Golf Course and Recreational Best Management

Health-Based Guidelines

  • Air Quality Impact Assessment
  • Land Use Compatibility
  • Healthy Communities
  • Noise Abatement
  • Reviewing Development Applications with Respect to Contaminated or Potentially Contaminated Sites

Infrastructure Guidelines

  • Development Design for Source Separation of Solid Waste
  • Highway Dedication
  • Hydrogeological Studies and Best Management Practices
  • Preparing Community Infrastructure Plans
  • Urban Services

Resource Guidelines/Manual

  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Aggregate Reference Manual

Consultation Guidelines/Protocols

  • Co-ordinated Municipal Responses to Renewable Energy Proposals

The online public consultation phase began with the agriculture-themed draft guidelines, which are now online. The remaining draft guidelines will be posted on the website as they are completed in the coming months.

Regional staff will take all comments into consideration when finalizing the Guidelines.   Later this fall, Planning staff will be releasing a report to the Region’s Inter-Municipal Liaison Committee with a recommendation that Council approve these Guidelines.

To learn more, visit or dial 311. To be added to a mailing list for updates, email

Let’s continue to work together to build a prosperous and sustainable future in Halton Region. Together we can ensure that Halton remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

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