The Council of the City of Sarnia will hold a public meeting on Monday, July 11, 2022, at 1:00 P.M. on the Draft New Sarnia Official Plan under Section 17 of the Planning Act.

Purpose and Effect
The city is in the process of preparing a new Official Plan that will provide a comprehensive framework to guide decision making about future growth and development to the year 2046.

The plan is required to conform to the County of Lambton Official Plan, be consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement and have regard to matters of provincial interest. The proposed Plan contains policies on such matters as the natural environment, land uses and community development, growth management, resources, transportation, and services.

On June 6, 2022, Sarnia City Council directed changes to the Draft New Sarnia Official Plan including a settlement area boundary expansion on the south side of Lakeshore Road between Waterworks Road and Brigden Road as shown on the Area Map below.

The change will include the addition of a Future Urban policy framework that promotes good community design and prioritizes mixed-use development. The balance of the proposed Official Plan remains as proposed and can be viewed online at https://www.speakupsarnia.ca/growth-management or at City Hall.

Council will not consider adoption of the Draft Official Plan at the public meeting.

How to Participate:

Any person may make written or verbal representation to Council on the Draft New Sarnia Official Plan as follows:

To speak at the Public Meeting, we encourage you to pre-register through the Clerks Department before noon Wednesday, July 6, 2022, by email to clerks@sarnia.ca or phone at 519-332-0330 ext. 3320.

Sarnia City Council has returned to in-person meetings. You may participate in the public meeting virtually, or in-person. Instructions for participating in the public meeting virtually will be provided following registration and are available online at https://www.sarnia.ca/virtualsarnia/ under Public Meetings.

Written submissions may be provided by email to sarnia@planpart.ca or by dropping off to the City Hall drop box located outside the main entrance to City Hall, 255 Christina Street North.

Any Person may observe the Public Meeting on the City’s website at https://www.sarnia.ca/council-meetings/.

A copy of the Draft New Sarnia Official Plan and additional information on the Growth Management Program is available online at https://www.speakupsarnia.ca/growth-management.

Notice of Adoption

If you wish to be notified of the adoption of the proposed official plan you must make a written request to the City of Sarnia at the address noted above.

Planning Act Information

  1. If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of the Council of the City of Sarnia to the Ontario Land Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Council of the City of Sarnia before the proposed official plan is adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.
  2. If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Council of the City of Sarnia before the proposed official plan is adopted, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Land Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.