Town of Tecumseh New Official Plan Process

Why is a New Official Plan being prepared?

Land use planning within the Town is currently governed by three separate Official Plans pertaining to the three former municipalities (the Town of Tecumseh, the Village of St. Clair Beach and the Township of Sandwich South) that amalgamated in 1999 to form the current Town of Tecumseh. These Official Plans reflect the land use objectives of their respective former municipalities. Many of the policies are dated and, in some cases, are no longer relevant.

A new, town-wide Official Plan is needed to articulate a clear, cohesive vision for the Town of Tecumseh and to reflect new policy objectives of the Ontario Provincial Policy Statement, 2020 and to align with the County of Essex Official Plan, 2014. 

Council Adopted New Tecumseh Official Plan

On February 23, 2021, Town Council rescinded the three separate Official Plans in effect for the three former municipalities (the Town of Tecumseh, the Village of St. Clair Beach and the Township of Sandwich South) that amalgamated to form the current Town of Tecumseh and adopted a new Official Plan, in accordance with the Planning Act.  The new Official Plan has been forwarded to the County of Essex (the Approval Authority) for final review and approval.

Background Documents

As part of the development of the Town's New Official Plan, Council received and endorsed a report entitled "Tecumseh 2030, New Official Plan Process: Planning Context and Issues Report".  This report, along with the subsequently approved 11 discussion papers, will form the basis for and guide policy development in the Town's future new Official Plan. 

The following series of discussion papers form the background and basis for the new Official Plan and are available for review:

Growth Management/Structure Plan
Agricultural and Rural Issues
Community Improvement Planning (CIP)
Urban Design
Natural Heritage Features
Commercial Development
Housing and Residential Intensification
Employment Lands
Parks and Recreation
Transportation
Sustainability