Haldimand County Official Plan Update

Notice of Statutory Public Meeting – General Amendment to Haldimand County Official Plan

Haldimand County will hold a Statutory Public Meeting pursuant to Section 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, C.P. 13, as amended, and will present a staff report outlining the 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 in Committee
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Haldimand County Administration Office –53 Thorburn Street South, Cayuga

NOTE: The meeting format for the February 9, 2021 Council in Committee meeting has been finalized. Members of Council and staff will be participating electronically in this meeting during the declared emergency, in accordance with By-law 2195/20. Public access to the administration building is unavailable at this time.

This meeting may be viewed online on the County website at https://www.haldimandcounty.ca/council-information/council-meetings/ by clicking on the agenda. Public participation is available through the following means:

  1. Written submission before meeting: any written submissions must be received no later than 12 noon on February 5, 2021 to the Clerk at clerk@haldimandcounty.on.ca, or to Christina Botas, Administrative Assistant, Planning & Development by e-mail at cbotas@haldimandcounty.on.ca. All written submissions received will be read out during the meeting.
  2. Voicemail before meeting: Voicemails can be submitted to provide oral comment on the application and will be played for Council during the meeting, however the messages must be received no later than 12 noon on February 5, 2021. Please contact Shannon VanDalen, Manager of Planning & Development at (905) 318-5932 extension 6339 to leave a comment.
  3. Email or phone questions during meeting: phone or email questions can be provided to Shannon VanDalen at (905) 318-5932 extension 6339 or svandalen@haldimandcounty.on.ca during the meeting on February 9th (approximate presentation time is 9:30 a.m.). All email or phone questions must be received no later than 11:30 a.m. on February 9th and will be responded to by staff at 1:00 p.m. on February 9thas part of the live-streamed Committee meeting.

Council shall have regard to any written submissions. Written submissions must be received by the Municipal Clerk, clerk@haldimandcounty.on.ca.

Meeting Documents:

Official Plan Update – Facilitated Workshop # 1

A virtual and interactive Zoom session was held on November 30, 2020 as part of the Official Plan Review. The facilitated workshop focused on:

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

Facilitated Workshop Pre-recorded Zoom Video

Official Plan Update – Public Consultation Phase 1

Public Consultation is being held as part of the Official Plan Review Project. Due to Covid-19 gathering restrictions, the consultation process is being hosted on-line via a Questionnaire.

Phase 1 objectives for the Official Plan Update are to:

  •  Prepare growth strategies for each of the County’s six urban areas: Caledonia, Cayuga, Dunnville, Hagersville, Jarvis, and Townsend.
  • Report on extending the water service corridor from the Nanticoke Water Treatment Plant to serve Caledonia and Cayuga.

The Official Plan Update Questionnaire can be found here. All comments are welcome to help shape our communities! The Questionnaire will close December 18, 2020.

Project Details

Proposed Official Plan changes for each of the 6 urban areas:

Haldimand County’s Official Plan Update will occur in two Phases:

Phase 1: Growth Plan Conformity
– Growth Strategy for 6 urban areas
– Residential & Employment land needs
– Long-term water servicing strategy – extension of water supply from Nanticoke Treatment Plant to Caledonia & Cayuga

February 5, 2020 – Public Information Centre #1, Haldimand County Caledonia Centre: Remax Room

November 18, 2020 to December 18, 2020 – Virtual Public Consultation
November 30, 2020 – Virtual Working Session (Phase 1) via Zoom platform will focus on:
• Key trends impacting Haldimand County
• Your aspirations for the County
• Two themes: Economy & Growth Management

February 9, 2021 – Official Plan Amendment for Phase 1 of OP Update to Council in Committee

Phase 2: General Official Plan Updates
– General amendments including affordable housing, agriculture, natural environment, lakeshore, etc.

Consultation – 3 public meetings (Open house, information centers, workshop) spanning Spring 2020 to Summer 2021
Official Plan Amendment to Council, then to the Province for approval Fall 2021

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.

The Planning Act requires that the County’s Official Plan be brought into conformity with the “A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe” plan that was approved by the Province in May, 2019. The deadline for municipalities to update their Official Plans to conform to the new Growth Plan is July 1, 2022.

Get involved & help shape Haldimand’s future!

A number of community engagement activities will take place throughout 2020 in order to understand how you envision the future of Haldimand County and what you think our priorities should be as we manage continuing growth. Watch this page for public meeting announcements & opportunities to provide input.

What is the Official Plan?

The Official Plan is a document adopted under the Planning Act that contains goals, objectives and policies to manage and direct physical change, and its effects on the social, economic and natural environments of the municipality. The current Haldimand Official Plan guides and directs the development of land to 2031. The Zoning Bylaw and the installation of major public infrastructure must conform to the policies of the Official Plan.

Why the change?
The Official Plan was approved by County Council in 2006 and by the Province in 2009, and there have been over 50 amendments to the Plan. The Official Plan must conform to the Province’s policy-led planning system, which governs land use planning in Ontario. All decisions relating to land use and the creation of development regulations stem from the provincial and local policy frameworks, updated every 5 years. These include the Planning Act, the Provincial Policy Statement and the various Provincial Plans (e.g. Growth Plan). In recent years, there have been significant changes to Ontario’s planning policies and as such, the Official Plan must be updated so that these changes can be applied in a manner that meets the conditions and context of the County. The updated Plan will guide growth and development over the next 25 years – to 2046.

Key Policies from Provincial Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe Pertinent to Haldimand County
Board 9 – Greater Golden Horseshoe 1 & 2

Key Policies from Provincial Policy Statement Pertinent to Haldimand County
Board 9 – Provincial Policy Statement 1 & 2

Additional Information
Schedule B – Current Land use Plans
Schedule I – Employment Areas
Water Servicing

Official Plan Update – Facilitated Workshop # 1
November 30, 2020
6:00 to 9:00 pm (Virtual Connection from 6:15-6:30 pm)
Virtual Zoon Session

A virtual and interactive meeting is being held as part of the Official Plan Review. The session will be a facilitated workshop focusing on:

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

If you can’t attend the November 30th session, you can provide your comments via a brief online survey. Your input matters!

For more information on Haldimand County’s Official Plan Update, contact:

  • Shannon VanDalen, MCIP, RPP, Manager of Planning
    Haldimand County, 53 Thorburn Street South, Cayuga, ON N0A 1E0
    905-318-5932, ext. 6339
  • Matt Reniers, RPP, Project Manager
    Matt Reniers & Associates, 16 Steed Court, Brantford, ON N3S 0B7

Official Plan Update Public Consultation

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