Town of Saugeen Shores Official Plan

Adopted by Council: December 10, 2012 Approved by County of Bruce: March 26, 2014

(Office Consolidation – September 2014)

“The Official Plan is a general land use guide, the purpose of which is to guide land use decisions and manage change in the Town. In accordance with the Planning Act, an Official Plan shall contain, “goals, objectives and policies established primarily to manage and direct physical change and the effect on the social, economic and natural environment of the municipality.”

The Planning Act requires local policies to be consistent with policy statements issued by the Province, such as the Provincial Policy Statement, 2005. The Provincial Policy Statement provides direction on matters of Provincial interest related to land use planning. The Official Plan is also required to conform to the policies of the County of Bruce Official Plan.”

Notice of Official Plan Review

The Town of Saugeen Shores has initiated a review of its Official Plan and will hold a Public Meeting and an online survey seeking input to this initiative and to understand the opinions of the public.

Date: Monday, August 19, 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Location: Town of Saugeen Shores Municipal Office, 600 Tomlinson Drive, Port Elgin, ON

The purpose of the Official Plan Review is to address the requirements of the Planning Act, which requires municipalities to conduct an Official Plan Review every five years and to address Provincial plans, policies and matters of Provincial interest. The Official Plan Review is a Town-wide initiative potentially affecting all land within the Town of Saugeen Shores. GSP Group Inc. has been retained by the Town to assist Town Staff with the process.

The Official Plan is a statement of goals, objectives and policies to guide future growth, land use and development within the Town of Saugeen Shores for the next 20 years. The Town’s current Official Plan was approved in 2014 and has been subject to several amendments.

The purpose of the Public Meeting is to provide members of the public with information about the Official Plan Review process and how to participate. This is also an initial opportunity for public input to areas of the current Official Plan that should be changed or addressed differently in the new Official Plan, and to participate in shaping the future vision and direction for the Town of Saugeen Shores.

Anyone attending with respect to the Official Plan Review will be given an opportunity to provide comments at the Public Meeting. Additional opportunities to submit comments will be made available at other times during the Review. If you are submitting letters, faxes, e-mails, presentations or other communications to the Town concerning the Official Plan Review, personal information (such as name, address and comments) may be contained in reports to council and published on the Town’s website.

In addition to the Public Meeting on August 19 at 6:30 pm, the Town will be holding the following public engagement opportunities during Summer 2019:

  • Cruisers Cruise Nite in Southampton, Thursday August 15, 6:30-9:00 pm. Come enjoy the classic cars and talk to us about your ideas for land use planning and development in Saugeen Shores.

  • An online survey to gather respondents' top priorities, which will be used to develop a list of policies to be reviewed. Complete the survey before September 30, 2019 at

Additional opportunities for public comment will be provided at later dates. Visit to stay up to date on the OP Review.  

For additional information or to be added to the project mailing list, please contact:

Jay Pausner

Supervisor, Development Services

519-832-2008 x120