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Nanticoke Development Proposal

Project Summary

In February 2022, Haldimand County Council received a presentation from Empire Communities Inc. regarding the development of a new, complete community in the Nanticoke area on 4200 acres of land.

Staff’s initial analysis suggests that the proposal concept has considerable merit and provides an opportunity to align with and achieve long-standing Provincial and municipal objectives, however, there is still much to be considered.

In order to consider this idea, the Province needs to authorize it by approving a Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO). This does not result in an approval of the concept but will allow for a comprehensive local planning review to be started that will ultimately determine if and how this proposal fits within Haldimand.

As part of this planning analysis there is a need for detailed technical studies (i.e. environmental, engineering, servicing, transportation, land use compatibility, archeological) and the development of a comprehensive master plan fully informed by public consultation and the input of all relevant stakeholders including local business interests.

Below you will find background information, reports and other key details regarding this proposal. This page will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.

At a high level, the proposed complete community entails:

  • 40,000 residents in 15,000 dwellings plus;
  • 7,500 to 11,000 new jobs on employments lands;
  • a further 7,000 to 8,000 jobs on commercial and institutional lands including retail, education,
    health care, financial services and social services;
  • approximately 100 acres of waterfront property that would be improved and dedicated as a
    municipal recreational asset.

February 2023:

A motion to consider hearing additional public consultation regarding the Minister’s Zoning Order is put forward by Mayor Bentley.

March 2022:

  • Staff report CAO-01-2022, along with a draft Ministerial Zoning Order, is reviewed and deliberated by Council.
  • Draft Ministerial Zoning Order is recommended and submitted to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
    Note: Submitting the Minister’s Zoning Order is a conditional first step in a thorough, public review process incorporating meaningful consultation and thorough analysis to determine the project outcome. The proposal cannot be considered further by Haldimand Council without provincial approval of the MZO.

February 2022:

From a municipal perspective, it is incredibly important that a formal review of this development be complemented by a robust, open and transparent local planning process that ensures all stakeholders including Provincial, local and Indigenous communities have an opportunity to provide input before any final design is approved.