Tay Township offers a range of waterfront, natural and cultural heritage amenities. It attracts the interest of investors as a destination for tourism, active retirement living and related services. There is also interest in agriculture and rural resource-related activities. The Township's four settlement areas have varying levels of development opportunities.

GSP Group led a project to develop a new official plan and zoning by-law for Tay Township. The project involved working with Municipal and County planning staff, private and public stakeholders, and the community. The official plan establishes a municipal structure and settlement hierarchy, and growth management strategy. It sets policies for housing, intensification, greenfield areas, economic development, employment, waterfront, natural heritage, hazardous areas, infrastructure and transportation. It also recognizes local planning context and objectives while conforming to Provincial and upper-tier plans and policies.

The zoning by-law is cohesive with the official plan. It follows a similar style and format as the main implementation tool for regulating land use and development in Tay Township. Further, the official plan and zoning by-law both include updated GIS-based mapping.

The project overcame a challenge to recommend a natural heritage system and hazard mapping from multiple data sources and broad-based County mapping which expanded environmentally designated areas.

Other Official Plan and Zoning Projects

Woodstock Comprehensive Review and Secondary Plan
Wasaga Beach Official Plan Update
Welland Comprehensive Zoning By-law
Shelburne Official Plan Review and Municipal Comprehensive Review
West Lincoln Municipal Comprehensive Review and Comprehensive Zoning By-law