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Special Meeting of Durham Regional Council - May 17, 2023


The Regional Municipality of Durham has scheduled a Special Meeting of Durham Regional Council to consider adoption of the recommended final draft of the Regional Official Plan (ROP). The new ROP is the culmination of work completed through Envision Durham, the Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) of Durham’s existing ROP.

Materials to be considered at this Special Meeting, including the recommended final draft ROP, will be available to the public no later than May 3 at

This Special Meeting is open to the public and is being held to discuss the final revisions addressed through Envision Durham. The ROP addresses a wide variety of strategic land use planning and development matters. It also represents the Region’s provincially mandated exercise to ensure that the ROP conforms with Provincial Plans or does not conflict with them; has regard to matters of provincial interest; and is consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement. This Special Meeting is a follow-up to the Public Open House and Public Meeting held in March 2023 for the draft new ROP. The draft new ROP was released on February 10 with a consultation period that concluded on April 3.

It is anticipated that a decision on the recommended final draft ROP will take place at this Special Meeting of Council. Once adopted by Regional Council, the adopted ROP will be submitted to the Minister of Municipal Affairs for approval under Sections 17 and 26 of the Planning Act, RSO 1990.

You are invited to participate, as follows:

Special Meeting (Hybrid)

 May 17

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Where: Council Chambers, Durham Region Headquarters (605 Rossland Road East, Whitby). Participants may also view the meeting remotely via live stream below.

Description: The purpose of the Special Meeting is to provide interested parties with an opportunity to be heard, and for Regional Council to make a decision on the recommended final draft ROP (available by May 3).

To Participate: Any person may attend the hybrid Special Meeting, whether in-person or remotely, and make submissions concerning the recommended final draft ROP.

Live Streaming:

Delegations: If you wish to make a delegation before Council, please submit your request in writing to by noon on Monday, May 15.

Comments or questions? A recommendation report on the final draft new ROP will be available by May 3, at If you have any questions, please contact the project team at

If you wish to be notified of the decision of Regional Council on the recommended final draft ROP, please email Envision Durham at or submit a written request to the Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development, c/o Envision Durham, at the following address:

605 Rossland Road East, Box 623
Whitby, Ontario, L1N 6A3

Please include your address, telephone number, email address and note the request relates to “Envision Durham”.

Personal information from those who make either oral or written submissions on the application is collected by the Region of Durham under the authority of the Planning Act and will become part of the public record.

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