Staff in Agricultural Land Use Planning

Who we are

The Agricultural Land Use Policy team helps residents, municipalities and other governments, and consultants:

  • become familiar with provincial agricultural and rural land use policies
  • get interpretations and advice on agricultural and rural planning issues, whether for official plans, zoning by-laws, environmental assessments, lot creation, or aggregate resource license applications
  • access planning tools for permitted uses, defining prime agricultural areas and completing Minimum Distance Separation calculations
  • understand normal farm practices

Who to Contact

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

Rural Planner's Coverage Map

Rural Planner - Eastern and Northeastern Ontario

John O'Neill
OMAFRA
59 Ministry Rd.
Box 2004
Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0
Phone: 613-258-8341
Fax: 613-258-8392

Rural Planner - Central-East and Northwestern Ontario

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

Rural Planner - Central-West Ontario

Anneleis Eckert
OMAFRA
6484 Wellington Road 7 - Unit 10
Elora, ON N0B 1S0
Phone: 519-827-6040
Fax: 519-846-8178

Rural Planner - Western Ontario

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

Rural Planner - Southwestern Ontario

Agricultural Information Contact Centre
OMAFRA
1 Stone Road West
Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Phone: 1-877-424-1300

For inquiries on Ontario-wide agricultural and rural land use planning policies, please contact:

Manager of Land Use Policy & Stewardship

Michele Doncaster
OMAFRA Land Use Policy & Stewardship
3rd Floor S
1 Stone Road, Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Phone: 226-979-1552
Fax: 519-826-3109
Toll Free: 1 888 466-2372

Policy Advisor

John Turvey
OMAFRA Land Use Policy & Stewardship
3rd Floor S
1 Stone Road, Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Phone: 519-766-8811
Fax: 519-826-3109

Policy Advisor

Helma Geerts
OMAFRA Land Use Policy & Stewardship
3rd Floor S
1 Stone Road, Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Phone: 519-546-7423
Fax: 519-826-3109

Policy Advisor

Julie Welch
OMAFRA Land Use Policy & Stewardship
3rd Floor S
1 Stone Road, Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Phone: 416-602-7309
Fax: 519-826-3109 

Policy Advisor

Drew Crinklaw
OMAFRA Land Use Policy & Stewardship
667 Exeter Road
London, ON N6E 1L3
Phone: 519-317-4493
Fax: 519-873-4062


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