Notice of Public Meeting: General Amendment to Haldimand County Official Plan – Feb 9 (NEW DATE)

Haldimand County is undertaking a review of the Official Plan as required through the Planning Act.  Section 22 of Planning Act requires that Haldimand County give affirmative notice of a Public Meeting for an amendment to an Official Plan. On February 9, 2021, Council in Committee will be presented with a staff report outlining proposed amendments to the Haldimand County Official Plan to address growth strategy options and changes to the boundary areas of Caledonia, Hagersville, Jarvis, Townsend and Dunnville (no changes are proposed for Cayuga).

Council shall consider written submissions and comments from the public. Comments may be sent to the Municipal Clerk via e-mail, or via mail to the address listed below.

Additional information, including background reports and a Public Information Presentation can be found on the Official Plan Update webpage at

Public Meeting: General Amendment to Haldimand County Official Plan

Tuesday, February 9,  2021

Haldimand County Administration Building

Council Chambers

53 Thorburn Street South, Cayuga

Time – 9:30 a.m.


(Note: At this time, it has yet to be determined whether the meeting will be in-person or virtual due to COVID 19. Please check the County website or contact staff closer to the meeting date for details on the meeting format)

For more information on the Official Plan Update, please contact Shannon VanDalen, Manager – Planning & Development at (905) 318-5932 ext. 6339 or Written comments can be submitted prior to the meeting by e-mailing the Municipal Clerk.  A copy of the staff report will be available on the County website prior to the meeting.


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Information from the Haldimand OPP RE: criminal record checks during lockdown

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Haldimand County Detachment is taking action to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by restricting the access to its facilities, including detachments, across the province.

The OPP is limiting the processing of routine criminal record checks/vulnerable sector checks and finger printing to essential workers/volunteers only. Anyone seeking entry to OPP Haldimand Detachment must make an appointment first. Individuals will be pre-screened and are required to have proper personal protective equipment prior to entering the detachment.

If you require information regarding criminal record checks/vulnerable sector checks please email:

For emergencies, please call 9-1-1. For all other police matters, please call 1-888-310-1122 or your local detachment. Report online by visiting
The OPP thanks the public for helping us to keep our communities safe by using the means listed above to avoid unnecessary contact.

Administration Building, other public facilities closed until February 11

As a result of holiday closures and the Ontario Government declaring a province-wide shutdown, all Haldimand County facilities – with the exception of the Canborough Waste Management Facility (CWMF) – will be closed to the public until February 11, 2021 unless the shutdown/state of emergency is extended by the Province.

All in-person meetings (e.g. Council), facility bookings (e.g. ice time) and programs in County facilities (e.g. public skates) scheduled to occur during this shutdown period have been cancelled or postponed.

While the administration building is closed, staff will be available to assist customers by phone or email during regular hours (Mon-Fri, 8:30am to 4:30pm). Members of the public are encouraged to contact the County at 905-318-5932, use the Contact form at or for assistance.

A number of municipal services are also available online and do not require in-person visit. A list of alternate service options during the shutdown period is available at

The CMWF will remain open, however, only debit and credit payments will be accepted. The Re-Use program bin located at CWMF will be closed. Outdoor Christmas tree recycling depots will remain open. Libraries will remain open for curbside pickup services only.

All Haldimand County facility closures, program cancellations, meeting postponements and other related details are available at & will be updated regularly.

To learn more about essential services and what’s open/what’s closed during the Province-wide shutdown, visit the Ontario Government website.

Notice of Passing: Comprehensive Zoning By-Law (No. HC 1-2020)

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of Haldimand County passed By-law No. HC 1-2020 on the 23 day of November, 2020, pursuant to Section 34 of the Planning Act, which affects land in your area.

AND TAKE NOTICE that public comments were received and reviewed as part of the decision.

AND TAKE NOTICE that any person or agency may appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal in respect of the by-law by filing with the Clerk of Haldimand County not later than the 14 day of December, 2020, a notice of appeal.

The final version of the Comprehensive Zoning By-law and Mapping Schedules are available on the Haldimand County webpage, at the following link:

The appeal should be sent to the attention of the Clerk (see below) and it must:

  1. Set out the specific part of the proposed zoning by-law to which the appeal applies:
  2. Set out the reasons for the request for the appeal; and
  3. Be accompanied by the fee prescribed under the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal in the amount of $1,100.00 (cheque or money order) payable to the Minister of Finance, Province of Ontario
  4. Include the required completed appeal form

The required appeal forms are available on the LPAT website under  These appeal forms are also available at the Cayuga Administration Building.

Only individuals, corporations and public bodies may appeal a zoning by-law to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.  A notice of appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group.  However, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or the group.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, or make written submissions to Haldimand County before the by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

An explanation of the purpose and effect of the by-law, describing the lands to which the by-law applies, and a key map showing the location of the lands to which the by-law applies (or, alternatively, an explanation as to why a key map is not provided) are attached.

Should you have any questions regarding this by-law, please do not hesitate to contact Shannon VanDalen, Manager – Planning & Development at 905-318-5932, Extension 6339.

Submit requests for appeal to the attention of the Clerk:

Evelyn Eichenbaum, Clerk
Haldimand County
53 Thorburn Street South
Cayuga, Ontario N0A 1E0
Telephone: 905-318-5932, extension 6349

Date of Notice: November 24, 2020


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Secondary delivery route information for Caledonia businesses and truck drivers

Haldimand County has implemented a secondary delivery route to assist trucks too large to navigate the Argyle St. and Haddington St. intersection.

Trucks that are not able to turn east on Haddington Street will now be directed to travel from Argyle Street South to Kinross Street and to travel along the rear of the Haldimand Caledonia Community
Centre (HCCC) and exit on to Haddington Street (see map below).

As a reminder, truck traffic is not permitted to travel across the Argyle Street bridge. As a result all delivery trucks entering and leaving Caledonia should be doing so via Haddington Street to River Road to Haldimand Road 9.

Notice of Road Closure: Argyle Street, Highway 6 & McKenzie Road – Caledonia

Haldimand County O.P.P. are advising of the following Caledonia road closures:

  • Argyle Street South between Braemar Avenue and Highway 6
  • Highway 6 between Fourth Line and Greens Road
  • McKenzie Road between Fuller Drive and York Road

In addition, commercial trucks are restricted from using the Argyle Street bridge in Caledonia.

For up-to-date road closure information and alternate routes visit:  or


Lake Erie conditions statement – high lake level outlook

Lake Erie Conditions Statement – High Lake Level Outlook
Haldimand Lakeshore and Grand River below Dunnville Dam

The following message issued by the Grand River Conservation Authority provides an update on the increased potential for lakeshore flooding and erosion along the Lake Erie shoreline.

Water levels remain near or above record highs in all of the Great Lakes, with the exception of Lake Ontario, which remains above average. As of August 9, Lake Erie’s level was 67 cm above the long-term average for this time of the year and 10 cm lower than the record-high set in 2019.

While the lake’s level has decreased slightly since May, there remains a heightened risk of shoreline flooding, beach submersion, crawl space and septic system inundation, as well as wave-driven erosion due to these near record-high static levels. This risk is expected to remain in place through the fall.

Local police and Haldimand County flood co-ordinators are advised that there is higher than normal potential for shoreline flooding and shore erosion through late 2020. The public is reminded to exercise caution around the shoreline, as well as nearby rivers and streams. Private land owners should prepare their properties as best as possible, and monitor shoreline erosion works on their properties. The higher than normal lake level coupled with wave action can impact and cause failure of shoreline erosion works.

Lake conditions and forecasts are being monitored closely and flood messages will be issued as necessary based on Lake level forecasts.

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Updated Provincial Flood Watch

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry updated a Provincial Flood Watch for Lake Erie based on high static lake level on August 11, 2020, which indicates:

  • Great Lakes water levels remain near or above record highs, with the exception of Lakes Superior and Ontario, which remain above average.
  • Lake Erie’s monthly mean level for July was 71 cm above average, the 2nd highest July mean level on record and 8 cm below the previous record high of 2019.
  • Lake Erie fell 7 cm through July.

Learn more about flood risks, what to do in a flooding emergency and steps you can take to protect your property:

COVID-19 information

We’re working closely with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit and taking steps to protect community safety.

For the most up-to-date information about local closures, cancellations & municipal service impacts, visit If you’re not following @HaldimandCounty on Twitter or Facebook, be sure to bookmark and check this page for updates regularly.

You can also sign up to receive e-mail updates on the COVID-19 situation by subscribing to the Monthly Updates eNewsletter.

For the most up-to-date local health information, including confirmed cases, visit the HNHU website.

Official Plan Update – Facilitated Community Workshop #1 – March 25

Official Plan Update – Facilitated Workshop # 1

March 25, 2020
6:00 to 9:00 pm (registration 6:00-6:30 pm)
Cayuga Arena – McSorley Family Hall (2nd Floor)
55 Thorburn Street, Cayuga

A roundtable forum is being held as part of the Official Plan Review. The session will be a facilitated workshop that will focus on:

  • Key trends impacting Haldimand County;
  • Your aspirations for the County; and
  • Two themes: Economy and Growth Management.

This is the first of two workshops in the Official Plan Update review. Facilitated Workshop # 2 will be held in the Fall of 2020 and will focus on the other policy themes, including Environment; Community Building; Leisure, Culture and Heritage; and Health and Social Services.

The Haldimand County Official Plan contains goals, objectives and policies that manage and direct physical change and its effects on the social, economic and natural environment of the County. It guides the installation of public infrastructure and the County’s zoning bylaws that development approvals must conform to.

To help us prepare for the Workshop, please contact Christina Botas – Haldimand County Planning Department at 905-318-5932 ext. 6209 or email: to pre-register for the event.

All are welcome! Have your say in shaping Haldimand’s future. Your ideas and insights are important.