Official Plan - Agricultural Policies

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October 29, 2021

Oxford County is reviewing its policies to ensure agricultural land is sustainably managed and protected for the long term.


In phase one of the Official Plan update, Oxford County is proposing updates to the agricultural policies to help ensure our agricultural land resources are sustainably managed and protected for the long term.


As a general rule, these policies apply to any land outside of designated settlements, which accounts for roughly 87% of Oxford County’s total land area.


The County is committed to regularly reviewing and updating its Official Plan policies to ensure they remain current, consistent with Provincial legislation and policies, and reflect local planning principles and objectives as the community continues to grow and change.


Oxford’s agricultural sector is important, both locally and provincially, due to factors such as:

  • the size and quality of the agricultural land base;
  • favourable climate and high crop yields;
  • the percentage of higher grossing farms and level of capital investment per farm;
  • size, type and productivity of agriculture operations;
  • impact on local and Provincial economies (employment, assessment, expenditures etc.); and
  • being highly accessible to both Canadian and US markets.

As part of the review of the Official Plan, the agricultural policies are being reviewed and updated to:

  • ensure they comply with applicable legislation, policies and guidelines;
  • reflect local goals and objectives and address various issues and considerations identified through background policy research and preliminary consultation; and
  • improve the readability and clarity of the policies and reduce repetition.

Key changes

The factsheets below summarize key changes and approaches proposed through the draft agricultural policies for each of the main topics or focus areas.

Agricultural Use

Agriculture-Related UsesNon-Agricultural usesOn-Farm Diversified UesNon-Farm Rural Residential Uses








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before December 17, 2021



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Nov. 16 | South-West Oxford (7pm)
Nov. 17 | East Zorra-Tavistock (7pm)
Nov. 23 | Norwich Township (7pm)
Dec. 1 | Blandford-Blenheim (4pm)
Dec. 15 | Zorra Township (7pm)


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October 29, 2021

Oxford County is reviewing its policies to ensure agricultural land is sustainably managed and protected for the long term.


In phase one of the Official Plan update, Oxford County is proposing updates to the agricultural policies to help ensure our agricultural land resources are sustainably managed and protected for the long term.


As a general rule, these policies apply to any land outside of designated settlements, which accounts for roughly 87% of Oxford County’s total land area.


The County is committed to regularly reviewing and updating its Official Plan policies to ensure they remain current, consistent with Provincial legislation and policies, and reflect local planning principles and objectives as the community continues to grow and change.


Oxford’s agricultural sector is important, both locally and provincially, due to factors such as:

  • the size and quality of the agricultural land base;
  • favourable climate and high crop yields;
  • the percentage of higher grossing farms and level of capital investment per farm;
  • size, type and productivity of agriculture operations;
  • impact on local and Provincial economies (employment, assessment, expenditures etc.); and
  • being highly accessible to both Canadian and US markets.

As part of the review of the Official Plan, the agricultural policies are being reviewed and updated to:

  • ensure they comply with applicable legislation, policies and guidelines;
  • reflect local goals and objectives and address various issues and considerations identified through background policy research and preliminary consultation; and
  • improve the readability and clarity of the policies and reduce repetition.

Key changes

The factsheets below summarize key changes and approaches proposed through the draft agricultural policies for each of the main topics or focus areas.

Agricultural Use

Agriculture-Related UsesNon-Agricultural usesOn-Farm Diversified UesNon-Farm Rural Residential Uses








Have a say

Calendar Icon


We welcome your input and feedback
before December 17, 2021



WATCH THE VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE
Download the slide deck.


Public Meeting Icon

ATTEND A PUBLIC MEETING

Nov. 16 | South-West Oxford (7pm)
Nov. 17 | East Zorra-Tavistock (7pm)
Nov. 23 | Norwich Township (7pm)
Dec. 1 | Blandford-Blenheim (4pm)
Dec. 15 | Zorra Township (7pm)


Go to survey Submit a question








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