Staff in Land Use Policy and Stewardship Unit

What We Do:

The land use policy and stewardship team is responsible for researching, developing and implementing provincial legislation, regulation, policy and guidance material related to land use planning and environmental issues that affect the agri-food sector. Staff in the unit:

  • help residents, consultants and municipalities understand provincial agricultural and rural land use policies;
  • provide correspondence on Planning Act applications to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) through the One-Window provincial planning system for official plans, zoning by-laws or lot creation;
  • provide correspondence to other agencies for Aggregate Resource Act or Environmental Assessment Act applications; and,
  • provide data, training and tools for land use planning topics such as permitted uses, identifying prime agricultural areas and Minimum Distance Separation (MDS) setbacks.

Who to Contact:

If you have a geographically-specific question, please contact the appropriate Rural Planner using the staff coverage map:

Jocelyn Beatty
6484 Wellington Road 7 - Unit 10
Elora, ON N0B 1S0
Phone: 519-546-7612
Fax: 519-846-8178

Sarah Kielek-Caster
6484 Wellington Road 7 - Unit 10
Elora, ON N0B 1S0
Phone: 226-962-8933
Fax: 519-846-8178

Dave Marriott
6484 Wellington Road 7 - Unit 10
Elora, ON N0B 1S0
Phone: 519-766-5990
Fax: 519-846-8178

Nancy Rutherford
6484 Wellington Road 7 - Unit 10
Elora, ON N0B 1S0
Phone: 226-962-2139
Fax: 519-846-8178

For Province-wide inquiries related to agricultural land use planning and stewardship policies, please contact:

Michele Doncaster
Manager of Land Use Policy & Stewardship
3rd Floor North
1 Stone Road, Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Phone: 226-979-1552
Fax: 519-826-3109

Jen Turnbull
Senior Policy Advisor (Stewardship)
3rd Floor North
1 Stone Road, Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Phone: 226-971-3387
Fax: 519-826-3109

John Turvey
Senior Policy Advisor (Land Use)
3rd Floor North
1 Stone Road, Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Phone: 519-766-8811
Fax: 519-826-3109

Helma Geerts
Policy Advisor (Land Use)
3rd Floor North
1 Stone Road, Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Phone: 519-546-7423
Fax: 519-826-3109 

Drew Crinklaw
Policy Advisor (Land Use)
667 Exeter Road
London, ON N6E 1L3
Phone: 519-317-4493
Fax: 519-873-4062

John O'Neill
Policy Advisor (Land Use)
59 Ministry Rd.
Box 2004
Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0
Phone: 613-258-8341
Fax: 613-258-8392


For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca