Regional Official Plan

The Regional Official Plan (ROP) contains the planning policies needed to direct growth and change in Waterloo Region over the next 20 years. Through the ROP, the Region will continue its tradition of innovative planning and growth management.

Key elements of the Regional Official Plan are:

  • A fixed border between rural and urban areas;
  • Directing growth to make better use of land within the built up areas of the Region;
  • Increasing transportation choice, including the creation of a rapid transit system;
  • Protecting our drinking water and significant environmental areas; and
  • Increasing the quality of life of citizens in Waterloo Region.

About the ROP

The ROP was developed over four years in consultation with community groups, area municipalities and agencies, and the general public. It is a legal document, required by the Provincial Planning Act, that combines the broad policy and regulatory framework established by the Province of Ontario with the community planning goals, objectives and policies developed by the Region and the seven area municipalities to ensure Waterloo Region is a sustainable and livable community. All future land-use development, transportation and infrastructure within Waterloo Region must conform to the policies, goals and objectives of the ROP.

View the Regional Official Plan documents in full.

Please note: as of Jan. 24, 2011, the ROP in its entirety, is under appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). Until such time as some or all of the appeals have been resolved, you may view the September 2006 Consolidation of the ROPP and subsequent amendments.

Update: The Region is currently involved in an OMB process related to these appeals. Several Prehearing Conferences and Motions regarding these appeals have been held to date. The OMB has issued a preliminary order regarding the horizon year of the ROP and requires that the ROP utilize a horizon year of 2031 to conform with the Province's Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

Phase 1 of the OMB hearing regarding the Regional Official Plan will commence May 22, 2012 and will focus on issues related to the Region's Land Budget, including density and intensification targets. Subsequent phases of the hearing have yet to be scheduled but it is anticipated that these phases will commence in late 2012 and will focus on issues related to Regional Recharge Areas, Protected Countryside, Core Environmental Features and Aggregates.