The London Plan (Official Plan)

The City is currently working with two official plans. The London Plan was adopted by City Council and then approved by the province in December 2016. The London Plan was appealed by numerous parties and remains partially under appeal (Local Planning Appeal Tribunal case number PL170100). When reading The London Plan, policies that are under appeal are contained within a red box. Until The London Plan is fully in force, the 1989 Official Plan is also a relevant planning document. Both plans must be consulted for a full picture of the applicable policy framework.  For information about the appeals please visit the Ontario Land Tribunals website.

The London Plan background

On December 28, 2016 the province approved The London Plan with modifications.  A Notice of Decision was issued by the province on December 30, 2016.

The London Plan is our city’s new Official Plan.  You can consider it our future playbook for city-building over the next twenty years. The plan was created after an extensive conversation with Londoners about their hopes, dreams and aspirations for London’s future – to the year 2035. This engagement program, called ReThink London, involved thousands of Londoners and over 100 different meetings and open houses in our community.

Two drafts of The London Plan were prepared and released to the public for review and feedback.  Even more meetings were held after each of these drafts were released, so that staff could provide information to members of the public and hear their suggestions for changes. Public meetings were also held at Planning Committee, allowing Londoners to give their input and suggestions directly to members of City Council. Taking into account the feedback that was received, many changes were made to the first and second drafts of The London Plan to arrive at a plan that was adopted by City Council on June 23, 2016.

The London Plan sets out a new approach for planning in London.  It emphasizes growing inward and upward, so that we can reduce the costs of growth, create walkable communities, revitalize our urban neighbourhoods and business areas, protect our farmlands, and reduce greenhouse gases and energy consumption.  The plan sets out to conserve our cultural heritage and protect our environmental areas, hazard lands, and natural resources.  Through The London Plan our community is planning for vibrant, healthy, safe and fulfilling neighbourhoods, attractive and viable mobility alternatives and affordable housing that is accessible to those who need it.  At the root of The London Plan is the goal of building a city that will be attractive as a place to live and invest in a highly competitive world and one that will offer the opportunity of prosperity to everyone.  The London Plan sets the stage for the next twenty years of city building in London. All of our by-laws and all of our public works must conform to the policies of this plan.

The London Plan

The London Plan and attached maps are provided as a public service. In any situation where the printed London Plan text or maps of the city of London differ from electronic versions contained in the website, the official printed publications take precedence. Users of this electronic information should verify it with the printed official information before acting on it.

Content you access here is not necessarily an exact and/or current reproduction of official documents. For example, amendments to The London Plan may be in progress or Internet browser display capability may affect map presentation formats and The London Plan references policies which apply to specific areas. The City of London does not warrant accuracy of these electronic versions and accepts no responsibility for any damages suffered by any person as a result of decisions made - or actions based - on informational content accessed via its Internet site.

Official versions of all London Plan maps and related information can be obtained from the City of London Clerks Division by calling 519-661-2489 ext 5756.

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Note: London Plan maps of the City of London are not to be distributed or used for commercial purposes but may be used for other purposes provided that the above disclaimer and copyright notice is presented. If you have any questions about the use, reproduction or distribution of London Plan maps and/or related London Plan information please call the City Solicitor's Office at 519-661-4940.


Last modified:Thursday, March 17, 2022