The Region of Waterloo has spent the last decade planning for the future of its community. The Regional Growth Management Strategy of 2006 was based on six goals:
- enhancing our natural environment
- building vibrant urban places
- providing greater transportation choice
- protecting our countryside
- fostering a strong economy
- ensuring overall coordination & communication
The Regional Official Plan (OP) is the cornerstone on which the Region of Waterloo’s plans to achieve these goals has been built. Key elements of the OP include a fixed Countryside Line between rural and urban areas and encouraging growth to make better use of existing developed land.
In creation of its OP and related policies, the Region of Waterloo has supported the goals and requirements of the Growth Plan of Places to Grow. The Region of Waterloo has gathered extensive public input as it has pursued these goals.
In 2011, a number of developers filed an appeal against the Regional OP at the Ontario Municipal Board. A ruling in favour of the developers was made in February 2013. The Region of Waterloo is pursuing the two legal options open to it: appeal to divisional court, and a request that the OMB allow a rehearing.