The purpose of the Bruce County Official Plan is to establish a policy framework to guide the physical, social and economic development of the County and to protect the natural environment within the County to the year 2021. Through this Official Plan it is County Council's intent to:
- achieve an orderly pattern of settlement;
- protect and conserve good agricultural land;
- protect and when possible enhance the quality of the natural environment;
- encourage economic development and prosperity; and
- encourage necessary social, cultural and educational facilities and services.
The County Official Plan was subject to a Five Year Review as per the requirements of the Planning Act. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing approved with modifications the Five Year Review in 2010. Portions of the Ministry approval of the Five Year Review are currently [September 2010] under appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board. Those portions of the Plan under appeal are noted where required in the text.