Official Plan background report public consultation

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

The City of Sault Ste. Marie’s Planning Division recently released the Comprehensive Background Report into the Official Plan. The City’s Official Plan guides the local decision-making on land use, development and public infrastructure over the next 20 years. Public input is paramount to ensure the Plan reflects the overall vision of residents and stakeholders. 
 “Community input is a critical component. The goal of the Official Plan Background Report is to present the data we have collected to date, best practices and applicable legislation that will inform the policies of the new Official Plan,” states Don McConnell, Director of Planning. “In addition, the background report summarizes what we have heard from the public and what we propose as policy directions for the new Plan.” 
The Planning Division will host four open houses in the coming weeks to gather public feedback on the proposed policy directions.  All are welcome to attend and share questions and feedback with City staff.  
In-person Open House #1 
When: Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Where: John Rhodes Community Centre meeting room, 260 Elizabeth St. 
In-person Open House #2 
When: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Where: Bay St. Active Living Centre 55+, 619 Bay St. 
In-person Open House #3 
When: Thursday, November 18, 2021, 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Where: Northern Community Centre, 555 Goulais Ave. 
Virtual Open House 
When: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
Where: Zoom Please contact the Planning Division to pre-register (, 705-759-5368) 
The In-person Open Houses will be come and go format. All in-person attendees must show proof of vaccination upon entry and wear a mask.   
The Virtual Open House will begin with a presentation by Planning staff, followed by a question and answer period. Pre-registration into the virtual open house is required by contacting the Planning Division at or 705-759-5368. 
If you are unable to attend an Open House and would like to provide feedback, please contact the City of Sault Ste. Marie Planning Division or visit:   
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