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Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (ORMCP)

On December 14, 2001 the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, 2001 received Royal Assent and was deemed to have come into force on November 16, 2001. The legislation provides for the establishment of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan by regulation. On April 22, 2002, Ontario Regulation 140/02 - Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, was released and deemed to come into effect on November 16, 2001.

A copy of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, the Conservation Plan and the associated mapping can be downloaded from Municipal Affairs and Housing by clicking on the links below.

The Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan builds on years of effort by provincial ministries, the Regions of Durham, Peel and York (Tri-Regional Oak Ridges Moraine Strategy), the Conservation Coalition, Moraine-area municipalities and key stakeholders, to provide clarity and certainty about the long-term protection and management of this vital natural resource.

Municipal planning decisions are required to conform with the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, which takes precedence over municipal official plans. However, the Region of Durham and its area municipalities may, where the Plan permits, adopt official plan policies and zoning by-law provisions that are more restrictive than the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan.

Regional Official Plan Amendments No. 89 and 90

The Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act directed the Region of Durham to adopt a Regional Official Plan Amendment that implements the Conservation Plan by April 22, 2003.

The Regional Planning Committee authorized the Planning Department to initiate the amendment process on September 17th, 2002 and on October 29th, 2002 a statutory public meeting was held. Regional Official Plan Amendments No. 89 and No. 90 were considered by Regional Planning Committee on April 1, 2003 and were adopted by Regional Council on April 16, 2003.

Amendment No. 89 deals with the policies that apply to the Oak Ridges Moraine as defined in the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act. The Amendment integrates the essential elements of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan into the Regional Official Plan. Since these areas fall within the provincially defined boundary for the moraine, approval of this amendment will follow the process defined in the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, which designates the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing as the approval authority. Regional Planning Committee considered the proposed Minister’s modifications to Amendment No. 89 at their June 22 and August 31, 2004 meetings. The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing approved this amendment on October 21, 2004.

Amendment No. 90 deals with adjustments to Map 'A' - Regional Structure that are required as a result of incorporating into the Regional Official Plan the boundary for the Oak Ridges Moraine as defined by the Province. As a result, certain lands currently designated Major Open Space - Oak Ridges Moraine, are now outside the boundary as defined by the Province. This amendment came into full force and effect upon the approval of Amendment No. 89 by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Copies of the amendments can be obtained by following the attached links.

Questions regarding the amendments should be directed to the Planning Department.

Durham Region Planning Department
Regional Municipality of Durham
605 Rossland Rd. E.
Whitby, ON  L1N 6A3