Haldimand County Official Plan Update


Official Plan Update Phase 2 

Date:            Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Time:            6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. via Zoom

A Public Consultation Workshop is being held as part of Phase 2 of the Official Plan Update. The focus of this workshop is to address the following topics within Phase 2: Community Building; Leisure, Culture & Heritage; and Health & Social Services.

Participation Starts Now!
To help shape this workshop, please complete the online questionnaire upon registration. This brief questionnaire provides you with the opportunity to select the topics that mean the most to you and guide discussion!

Due to Covid-19 gathering restrictions, the consultation process is being hosted via Zoom. Meeting details will be provided closer to the Workshop.

Official Plan Update Logo

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

Phase 2: General Official Plan Updates
– Natural Heritage System & Hazards Study
– Community Building
– Leisure, Culture & Heritage
– Health & Social Services

Natural Heritage System & Hazards Public Consultation Workshop

A Public Consultation Workshop was held via Zoom on May 13th in coordination with Natural Resource Solutions Inc. as part of Phase 2 of the Official Plan Review Project. The primary focus of the Workshop was to address Topic 1 – Natural Heritage, Hazards & Environment.

Public Consultation Workshop Video Recording
Public Consultation PowerPoint Presentation

Corresponding Documents:

Map: Areas of Natural & Scientific Interest (ANSI)
Map: Aquatic Features
Map: Growth Plan
Map: Overview
Map: Settlement Areas
Map: Significant Natural Features (+30m buffer)
Map: Significant Natural Features (Including watercourses & bodies)
Map: Significant Valley Lands
Map: Significant Woodlands
Map: Wetlands

In order to help shape the Natural Heritage Systems Study, please take the time to fill out a QUESTIONNAIRE.

For more information about the Study, please contact Katharina Richter, Natural Resource Solutions Inc., at krichter@nrsi.on.ca or by phone at 519-725-2227 x258.

Additional Information

Phase 1: Growth Plan Conformity

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 focused on:
• Key trends impacting Haldimand County
• Your aspirations for the County
• Two themes: Economy & Growth Management

Facilitated Workshop Recorded Zoom Video

February 9, 2021 – General Amendment to Haldimand County Official Plan for Phase 1 of Update to Council in Committee
Haldimand County held a Statutory Public Meeting on February 9, 2021 pursuant to Section 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, C.P. 13, as amended, and presented 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).

Meeting Documents:

Phase 2: General Official Plan Updates

May 13, 2021 – Public Consultation Workshop (Topic 1 – Natural Heritage & Hazards)

Additional workshops and engagement opportunities to address topics 2-4 will be announced at a later date  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