The Official Plan
Flexible. Balanced. Sustainable.
What is The OP?
The Official Plan (The OP) is a blueprint to help guide Greater Sudbury’s development over the next twenty years. It establishes long-term goals, shapes policies and outlines social, economic, natural and built environment strategies for our city.
Why is The OP important?
The Official Plan is the principal land use planning policy document for the City of Greater Sudbury. It presents a vision of what Greater Sudbury will look like 20 years in the future and contains policies to guide public and private development decisions consistent with the vision.
How does The OP help shape the future of Greater Sudbury?
The Official Plan establishes goals, objectives and policies to manage and direct physical change and its effects on the social, economic and natural environment in the next 20 years. It forms the basis of the City of Greater Sudbury Zoning By-law and other land use controls. It guides land use and infrastructure decisions and future planning initiatives.
Here are some examples of how The OP helps shape the future of our city:
Supporting rural character: The OP outlines details about the size of development, and the appropriate service levels to maintain the characteristics of rural areas, including waterfronts, open spaces, natural features and resource potential.
Healthy communities: The OP aims to better distribute and connect parks and open spaces so residents can take advantage of these resources to improve their health and well-being.
Natural and cultural heritage, and archaeology: The OP emphasizes the protection of local species, and important wetland and wildlife habitats to preserve their environmental, ecological and social benefits.
Sustainable economic development: The OP protects important economic assets like the Greater Sudbury Airport from incompatible uses, enhances the viability of Downtown Sudbury, promotes brownfield regeneration and provides opportunities for local food production.