Haldimand County Official Plan Update

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.

POSTPONED

With the COVID 19 virus outbreak, Haldimand County  will be postponing the Official Plan Update – Facilitated Workshop scheduled for Wednesday March 25th, 2020.  We regret having to cancel programs and close community facilities but are doing so in the interest of community safety, based on the expert medical advice of our local and provincial healthcare authorities.  Our thanks for your understanding regarding this matter, and we will announce a revised date for the Facilitated Workshop once there is no longer a public health risk to participants.

Official Plan Update – Facilitated Workshop # 1

A roundtable forum 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.

All community members are welcome to attend. To help us prepare for the workshop, please pre-register for the event by contacting Christina Botas – Haldimand County Planning Department at 905-318-5932 ext. 6209 or by filling out the form below.

If you can’t make the workshop, you can share your thoughts on Haldimand’s future by taking a brief online survey.

February 5, 2020 – Public Information Centre (PIC) Session #1

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

Timing:
February 5, 2020 – Public Information Centre #1, Haldimand County Caledonia Centre: Remax Room
March 25, 2020POSTPONED Facilitated Round Table Working Session (Phase 1 & 2), Cayuga Arena – McSorley Family Hall (2nd Floor), 55 Thorburn St, Cayuga
• Key trends impacting Haldimand County
• Your aspirations for the County
• Two themes: Economy & Growth Management
April 15, 2020 – Public Information Centre #2, Dunnville Area
June 2020 – Official Plan Amendment to Council in Committee, subsequently to the Province for approval

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

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

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
Population Forecast
Schedule B – Current Land use Plans
Schedule I – Employment Areas
Water Servicing

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 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 March 25 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
    519-717-3639

Official Plan Update Facilitated Workshop #1 Registration

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