The Official Plan provides goals, objectives, policies, and procedures to guide the physical development of Hastings County, while having regard for relevant social, economic, and environmental matters. The Official Plan guides growth and physical change in the County, implements infrastructure improvements, protects and enhances natural resources, and conserves cultural heritage resources. The policies and objectives of the Official Plan help shape the future of Hastings County, which is important to everyone who lives, works, or plays here.
The new County of Hastings Official Plan (2018) was adopted by Hastings County Council on December 19, 2017 and approved by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs on August 3, 2018 with 35 modifications and is now in full force and effect.
The Hastings County Official Plan is comprised of three parts; Part A - Official Plan (main document), Part B the Urban Communities Secondary Plan and Part C -the Bird’s Creek Secondary Plan.
PART A - The Official Plan – The main document that provides policies for the entire County Planning Area. This includes three Schedules; Schedule A – Land Use Schedule, Schedule B – Natural Heritage Features and Areas and Schedule C – Aggregate and Mineral Resources
Part B - The Urban Communities Secondary Plan – A more detailed plan for the six (6) Urban communities including Bancroft Urban Area, Deseronto Urban Area, Madoc Urban Area, Marmora Urban Area, Stirling Urban Area and Tweed Urban Area.
Part C - Bird’s Creek Secondary Plan - Similar to the Urban Communities Secondary Plans. Part C provides a detailed land use framework for the hamlet of Birds Creek