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.
Haldimand County Official Plan Work Program
Population Housing and Employment Forecast Update and Land Needs Assessment
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