Community Planning

Five-Year Official Plan Review

Norfolk County is undertaking an Official Plan Review (OPR) in order to update and review the policies within the County’s current Official Plan.

Before we start the project, we first need to decide what will be reviewed.  We are not creating a new Official Plan, but looking at what we have, and making sure it is still relevant to Norfolk County as well as in line with various provincial policy and legislative requirements.

Staff have put together a draft Terms of Reference (“ToR”) which will serve as the program “to do” list.  The ToR will:

  • provide the parameters for which the program will operate;
  • list the items to be reviewed during the project timeline; and
  • outline the community participation and engagement process.

At each and every phase of the project there will be opportunity for members of our community to tell us what they think.

The first opportunity for community involvement is to take a look at the draft ToR document.  Does it make sense? Are we looking at everything that needs to be looked at in the Official Plan? Do you have any questions?

DRAFT Terms Of Reference Revised DRAFT Terms Of Reference Revised

Contact us at:

Community Planning Division
60 Colborne Street South, Simcoe
519.426.5870 or 519.875.4485 or 519.582.2100 ext. 1834

For more project information visit Five-Year Official Plan Review

Rural Community Improvement Plan

Norfolk County is seeking input into development of a Rural Community Improvement Plan that will focus on incentives and programs to promote investment in tourism, agri-business, and the revitalization of downtown and hamlet areas.

This is an opportunity for interested members of the public to offer input into Community Improvement Program incentives shaped to respond to opportunities and challenges that are unique to Norfolk County.

For further information please contact:
Linda D’Hondt-Crandon, Economic Development Coordinator
Norfolk County, 30 Peel Street, Simcoe ON  N3Y 1R9 519-426-5870 ext. 1264 or 1-866-834-1726

Population Projection Study

In June 2014, Council approved the Norfolk County Population Projection Study, as prepared by Hemson Consulting. The projections include long-term forecasts of population, housing and employment. The forecast is applicable to the entire County, but were also prepared for each specific urban area within the County from the year 2011 to 2031 and to 2041 time horizons. These years were selected as they provide a basis for planning within the 20 year provincial planning policy horizon as well as correspond with census years. The projections are intended to provide a likely “reference” scenario for a consistent basis for future growth planning of all departments within the County.

Norfolk County Population Projections 28 May 2014 Norfolk County Population Projections 28 May 2014

Norfolk County’s New Zoning By-Law

Norfolk County Community Planning Services are progressing with the Zoning By-Law project. A new Comprehensive Zoning By-Law for Norfolk County has been recognized as being necessary due to municipal restructuring and to incorporate the policy direction of the Norfolk County Official Plan that was adopted by Council on May 9, 2006 and approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on December 23, 2008.

Click here for more details on the Zoning By-Law.

Norfolk County’s Existing Official Plan

The existing Official Plan was approved by Norfolk County Council on May 9, 2006. At present, the County is undertaking a review of this document. Please refer to the information in regards to the “Five-Year Official Plan Review” for more information.

To view the details of the existing Official Plan, please visit the official website at

Drinking Water Source Protection

The Clean Water Act was passed in 2006 by the Ontario legislature in response to the Walkerton Inquiry. Municipal drinking water sources are to be protected throughout Ontario. Drinking water source protection will allow for the identification of threats to municipal water quality and water supplies, and the creation of a plan to reduce the risk posed by those threats. The task of developing source protection plans is being guided by the Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee. Committee members include representatives of municipalities, farmers, businesses, industry, residents and others. During the past two years information on the sources of municipal drinking water and potential threats to water quality have been identified. In the Long Point Region Assessment Report, the vulnerable areas around the wells and surface water intakes have been identified, as well as significant threats – the human activities with the greatest potential to cause harm to the water sources.

The Source Protection Plan contains the policies and programs that will be needed to reduce the risk posed by the identified activities. The Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee and source protection staff are working closely with municipalities to identify the best collection of policies and programs to protect drinking water sources.

The Proposed Source Protection Plan for the Long Point Region watershed is now awaiting approval of the Ministry of Environment. The entire Plan and further information is available from the Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee at Printed copies are available at the Langton, Delhi and Simcoe County Administration offices.

Servicing Monitoring Norfolk County

The purpose of the Servicing Monitoring report is to provide Norfolk County Council and interested parties with information on the state of municipal water and sewerage capacities for each of the six urban areas, and St. Williams. Particularly, this report provides historic, current, and forecasted data related to urban service capacities; the status of available water and sewerage capacity for future development; and land development activity occurring within the urban areas. Regular reports of this kind are important to ensure that the provision of water and sewerage services in the urban areas keep up with the demand.

2011  2012 Servicing Monitoring Report 2011 2012 Servicing Monitoring Report

Development Applications

Please click on the links below for our brochures with further information about how you can apply for an Amendment to the Zoning By-Laws, Official Plan, Draft Plan of Subdivision or Condominium and Site Plan.

Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendments Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendments

Site Plan Brochure Site Plan Brochure

Draft Plan of Subdivision Brochure Draft Plan of Subdivision Brochure

Please visit our development applications page to access pdf versions of the various development applications.

Norfolk County Mapping

To view different types of Norfolk County Maps please go to this page.