How We Grow - Municipal Comprehensive Review

We're currently undertaking a Municipal Comprehensive Review to guide population and employment growth over the next 25 years. The comprehensive review will build upon the first growth management review - Niagara 2031.


The comprehensive review will help plan for growth by answering the following questions:

  • Is there sufficient land designated for new Greenfield development and intensification to accommodate forecast growth in the region?
  • Where should this growth be accommodated across Niagara?
  • How should this growth be accommodated?

Project Schedule

Phase Timeline
1: Background review November 2014 - March 2015
2: Technical analysis, issues and opportunities April 2015 - November 2015
3: Options for growth December 2015 - December 2016
4: Preferred growth option Ongoing

Phases 1 and 2

Background review, technical analysis, issues and opportunities were studied through 2015 and analyzed population, housing and employment growth trends in Niagara. Regional, as well as local planning policies were reviewed against the 2006 Provincial Growth Plan to ensure policies were consistent.

Key components of Phase Two included the review and confirmation of the Region's vacant land supply and identified issues and opportunities for growth based on stakeholder interviews and resident input.

Phase 3

Options for Growth presents growth alternatives to achieving the forecasted growth to 2041 in Niagara. Growth Option review will conclude in Fall 2016.


Phase 4

A Preferred Growth option, with associated land use needs, will be identified throughout 2017.

Settlement Area Boundaries

When doing a Municipal Comprehensive Review, land next to the current settlement area boundary (in the countryside) may be considered for future urban use if there is an identified need. This is known as an expansion of settlement area boundaries.

During the review, current designations can be adjusted to best meet the preferred level and pattern of growth. This could result in changes to settlement area boundaries if deemed necessary through the review.

Recommendations on settlement area boundary adjustments, if any, will be based on the preferred growth option of the Municipal Comprehensive Review.

If you are interested in seeing a change in designation for a particular parcel of land, contact us for more information and requirements.

Development Charges Background Study

The Development Charges Background Study will be aligned with the strategic growth option from the Municipal Comprehensive Review and the infrastructure needs identified by the Master Servicing Plan and Transportation Master Plan.

The study is seeking input into how growth related infrastructure can be funded in a fiscally sustainable manner considering the tools and policies available.

Get Involved

Connecting with Niagara residents is critical. We want to hear from you throughout the process and will be inviting you to take part in online surveys, public information centres and open houses.

This is your opportunity to tell us what is important to you as we create a strategy that ensures Niagara develops balanced, sustainable and vibrant communities to 2041 and beyond.


Brian Dick
905-980-6000 ext. 3365 or 1-800-263-7215
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