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Watershed Conditions Statement – Riverine Flood Outlook

HALDIMAND COUNTY, ON – Please be aware that the Long Point Region Conservation Authority is issuing a Watershed Conditions Statement – Riverine Flood Outlook for all areas within its watershed.

Precipitation across southern Ontario is forecast to reach 15-20 mm today with an additional 15-25 mm on Saturday. Additionally, above-freezing daytime air temperatures, as high as +10° cm are forecast for southern Ontario over the next four days. A moderate snowpack, ranging from 0-6.9 cm has been recorded throughout the watershed.

The above-freezing temperatures with added rain will result in the snowpack becoming saturated with water. It is expected that the entire snowpack will melt and release water which will create a potential for flooding in flood prone areas through the week into the weekend.

Members of the public are reminded to stay away from ditches, streams, rivers and ponds as the combination of slippery banks and cold, fast-flowing water is dangerous. Parents are reminded to keep children and pets away from these areas.

Landowners are also advised to make sure dams, culverts, and catch basins are free from debris and functioning properly – if it is safe to do so.

Water levels are expected to remain high for several days. This Flood Outlook is in effect until Tuesday March 28, 2023.

Flood Watch in effect for Lake Erie Shoreline

The Grand River Conservation Authority and the Long Point Region Conservation Authority have advised that the passage of a strong low-pressure system is expected to bring high winds to Lake Erie on Friday, Mar. 17. This has the potential to affect residents and businesses in Lake Erie Flood Zone 1, along the Grand River downstream of Dunnville Dam, in the community of Port Maitland, and along the lakeshore.

The lower Great Lakes are expected to see sustained winds of 45 km/h from the south and southwest with gusts up to 70 km/h on Friday afternoon and early evening before easing overnight. The peak elevation of the surge is forecast to occur on Friday evening.

The public is reminded to stay away from the Lake Erie shoreline due to the potential for strong waves and elevated water levels and to follow the direction of local flood coordinators and emergency officials. Parents are reminded to keep children and pets away from these areas. This message is in effect until 8 a.m. on Saturday, Mar. 18, 2023. For the most up-to-date information, visit the GRCA website or LPRCA website.

Design Guidelines for Infill Development: Survey now open

Haldimand County has partnered with students from the University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development for a research project on infill development. Applications for infill development projects regularly generate a substantial amount of public interest, and a recurring theme is a desire for the development to match the character of the existing neighbourhood, specifically the ‘small town character.’

To address this, the students have been asked to develop design guidelines for infill development based on best practices and feedback from the Haldimand community. Residents are invited to fill out a survey to share their thoughts. The survey will be open until March 21, 2023.

Part of a Master’s degree course entitled Advanced Planning Practice, the partnership allows students to gain experience learning about specific municipal planning issues in a real-world context. In return, the municipality receives extensive research on a topic of interest that can benefit its community. The students are proposing to attend a Council-in-Committee meeting in April to present their findings. Should the guidelines prove to be attainable in the context of Haldimand County, they could be considered for implementation as part of future updates to the County’s Official Plan and/or Zoning By-law.


Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) Public Advisory Committee recruiting new members

The NPCA’s Public Advisory Committee (PAC) was established in 2014 and consists of citizen representatives from various watershed sectors, who provide collaborative, local sector-based perspectives on specific projects/programs and other conservation authority matters, as determined by the NPCA Board of Directors or its staff. For nearly a decade, the voluntary group of PAC members have been instrumental in providing valuable input to the NPCA.

The updated Terms of Reference (External link) for the PAC was approved by the NPCA Board of Directors at their Annual General Meeting on February 17, 2023.

The NPCA is recruiting members to fill all the representative seats for 2023-2026 term, with meetings typically happening 4 times per year. If you are interested in gaining experience, providing advice on local environmental/watershed matters of community interest, and being part of a multi-stakeholder committee, please consider joining us!

Applications are now being accepted to fill the following representative seats:

  • Academic/Science/Research (1)
  • Agriculture (2)
  • Business/Industry (1)
  • Conservation Areas user and/or volunteer (1)
  • Development/Building (1)
  • Environment (1)
  • Planning (1)
  • Public-at-Large (up to 3)
  • Urban Indigenous (1)
  • Youth (1)

Appointed positions:

  • First Nations (2), appointed by First Nations with Treaty or historical affiliation to the watershed
  • Métis citizen (1), appointed by Niagara Regional Métis Council

Interested in joining the Public Advisory Committee? Follow these next steps!

Applications will be reviewed by an NPCA staff working group and successful applicants will be selected based on the quality and relevance of the application as it pertains to the vacancy posting, and the candidates ability to meet the roles and expectations of members. Recommended candidates will be contacted by staff and submitted to the NPCA Board of Directors for appointment.

The NPCA maintains a strong policy of equal opportunity and recognizes that diversity is a source of strength and works to champion inclusive attitudes and approaches to recruitment that lead to full and meaningful participation.

Learn more on the NPCA website (External link).

Notice of Road Closure and Conveyance for Property Disposition Purposes – Part of Farr Road, Lowbanks

TAKE NOTICE that the Corporation of Haldimand County proposes to pass a bylaw at an upcoming Council meeting to authorize the sale of a part of a road allowance legally described as Part 1 & Part 2 of the Road Allowances between Lots 16 and 17; Broken Front Concession; Township of Sherbrooke; Haldimand County; being Part of PIN: 38126-0215. You may submit any comments to Melissa Lloyd, Property Coordinator at 905-318-5932 ext. 6124 or by e-mail.

This notice will be updated to define a closing date for comment submissions once a Council meeting date is confirmed for this matter.

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Notice of Motion for consideration at Feb 28 Council in Committee

The below motion will be considered at the Council in Committee meeting on February 28.

If anyone wishes to provide comment or speak to this motion, please provide written notice to the Clerk at by noon on February 27.

Please note: at this time, Council will only be considering the decision to seek further input on the matter, not on the MZO itself. All comments should be limited to this topic only.


The following is submitted as a Notice of Motion to be considered at the Council in Committee meeting of February 28, 2023:

  1. WHEREAS the previous term of Council passed a resolution supporting a Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO) for a new community in Nanticoke in March, 2022;
  2. AND WHEREAS subsequently a municipal election was held where this matter was one of the main issues under consideration;
  3. AND WHEREAS the Province has passed new legislation (Bill 23) that has the potential to adversely impact municipal financing as it relates to growth and development;
  4. AND WHEREAS the County has an approved growth strategy, servicing and financial strategies aligned with Provincial requirements to accommodate a population of 77,000 people and 29,000 jobs by 2051;
  5. AND WHEREAS the proposed new Nanticoke community represents additional growth beyond that required under Places to Grow legislation;
  6. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT staff be directed to organize public consultation on the matter including community meeting(s) to obtain input for Council’s consideration to withdraw its current resolution requesting a MZO.

Notice of Commencement: Caledonia Wastewater Treatment Plant Schedule C Municipal Class Environmental Assessment

Haldimand County is undertaking a Schedule C Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) to determine the preferred wastewater treatment alternative to increase wastewater treatment capacity for Caledonia.


In December 2020, a Draft Wastewater Master Servicing Plan (MSP) Update was undertaken which updated the wastewater servicing components of the 2006 Caledonia MSP. The Draft MSP Update reflected updated land use and growth forecasts in the study area. As part of the MSP Update, near-term and future wastewater treatment needs were identified and wastewater treatment alternatives were evaluated to address projected treatment capacity constraints.


In early 2022, Empire Communities proposed developing a new community at the Lake Erie Industrial Park (LEIP) in Nanticoke, ON, which includes a new proposed LEIP Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). As part of this Class EA process, the evaluation of treatment servicing alternatives from the MSP Update is being revisited to re-confirm the preferred wastewater treatment alternative, including adding a new alternative to pump wastewater flows from Caledonia to Nanticoke for treatment at the proposed LEIP WWTP. The goal of the updated evaluation is to re-evaluate treatment alternatives based on updated growth projections in Caledonia and evaluate the new alternative under the Municipal Class EA process.


This study is being completed as a Schedule C Municipal Class EA. Public, agency and rightsholders consultation is a key element of the process and input will be sought throughout
the Class EA process. Based on the previously completed work, the next step in the Class EA process is re-evaluating and selecting the preferred wastewater treatment alternative. As part
of the Class EA, studies of the area archeology, cultural heritage, and ecology will be undertaken to assist with evaluating alternative design concepts for the preferred alternative.


A mailing list for notification of study status and opportunities for public input is being compiled. If you wish to add your contact information to the study mailing list, or if you have any questions regarding the study, please contact one of the people listed below. Project information will also be available to the public on the County’s website
on the “Caledonia Wastewater Treatment Plant Schedule C Municipal Class Environmental Assessment” page (opens in web browser).


Jane Wilson, P.Eng.
Senior Environmental Engineer
J.L. Richards & Associates Limited
107-450 Speedvale Ave W
Guelph, ON N1H 7Y6
Phone: 226-780-7487

Philip Wilson, C.E.T., PMP
Manager – Water and Wastewater Engineering
Haldimand County Administration Building
53 Thorburn St. S.
Cayuga, ON N0A 1E0
Phone: 905-318-5932 Ext. 6431

Haldimand County is conducting this study according to the requirements of Phases 1 to 4 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment which is an approved process under the Environmental Assessment Act.

Haldimand County will collect information in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Except for personal information, all comments will become part of the public record. If you have any accessibility requirements to participate in this project, please contact a Project Team member listed above.


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Trail Closure: Section of Patterson Walkway Trail on Forfar Street East – Nov 14 to Spring, 2023

A section of the Patterson Walkway Trail on Forfar Street East (shown below in red) will be closed to the public starting on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. This closure is to allow for the replacement of the Nairne Street Sanitary Forcemain. It is anticipated that the work will be completed in the Spring of 2023. A temporary access trail will be provided on the south side of Forfar Street East to allow for continued pedestrian foot-traffic access through the affected area (shown below in green).

Anyone with questions or concerns regarding construction projects may contact or call 905-318-5932 ext. 6404.

Patterson Trail Closure detour route