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. 

Tecumseh Draft New Official Plan Document

On September 29, 2020, a Special Meeting of Council was held to present Council with a copy of the Draft New Official Plan, which is now available for public review and comment. 

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

How to Participate and Next Steps

Public and agency input on the Draft New Official Plan is the next step in the process.  Public consultation will be conducted in a modified way to adhere to public health guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public Information Centre (PIC), November 4th and 5th, 2020

You are encouraged to attend the Public Information Centre (PIC) that will occur on November 4th and 5th, 2020 using the ZOOM platform. 

Contact us to provide your comments regarding the Draft New Official Plan or request notification of upcoming public consultation events.

Online Community Consultation

In addition to the PIC event, the Town will be using PlaceSpeak which is an online consultation platform that allows you to offer input.  This method of consultation will be available in October.

To participate, all you need to do is create a PlaceSpeak account. Your address is never displayed to other users or the administrator of the consultation. Your address is used only to ensure that you live in the Town of Tecumseh.  Read more in the PlaceSpeak privacy policy.

For a tutorial on how to register, watch the video below: