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Official Plan amendment appeal settled

The settlement preserves OPA 197's ground-breaking new policies to control landfill devleopment in the County

Following three days of testimony by County witnesses, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal approved a settlement reached today on the Walker Environmental Group (WEG) appeal of OPA 197.

UPDATE APRIL 26, 2018: The modified version of OPA 197 with changes marked has been received from the Tribunal. Review the modified version

The settlement preserves the ground-breaking elements of OPA 197, including maintaining (1) policies which discourage the establishment of new landfills within the County that are not primarily intended to meet the waste disposal needs of County residents and businesses, and (2) a rigorous new set of planning criteria for evaluating proposals for new landfills seeking to locate in the County.

The settlement also involved a clarification that the already approved EA Terms of Reference govern the siting requirements for the WEG landfill proposal, avoiding a likely Tribunal concern about conflict between the provincial environmental assessment approval process and County policies.The tougher siting policies remain in the Plan, and the revised policies provide more clarity on how future applications must integrate these tougher County siting criteria within the provincial EA approval process.

Walker Environmental Group had challenged all of the key new policies of OPA 197 related to landfill approvals through an appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (formerly the Ontario Municipal Board). Once the final Tribunal order is issued, the County will be in a position to post the Tribunal-modified version of OPA 197 to the Oxford County website at

OPA 197 confirms Oxford County’s place as a provincial leader with respect to solid waste reduction and minimization and waste disposal avoidance. In particular, the new policies to discourage large landfills which do not primarily serve County needs, and the rigorous criteria for review of landfill proposals, are unique among Ontario municipalities and are among the most robust in the province in providing the municipality with greater control over waste management issues moving forward.

The County extends its appreciation to the community for its support and presentations as part of the Tribunal process.


Tommasina Conte | Strategic Communication & Engagement 
519.539.9800, ext. 3503 |

Adam Nyp | Strategic Communication & Engagement
519.539.9800, ext. 3529 |