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.
Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations
At its June 10, 2014 meeting, Council approved a Zoning By-Law amendment to define the term “Medical Marihuana Production Facility”; specify the specific zones in which this new use shall be permitted; and provide specific criteria and provisions for which this type of facility may be established.
Norfolk County initiated a County-wide Zoning By-Law amendment for all lands within the municipality to address changes in relation to this issue. In June 2013 the Federal Government introduced new regulations, specifically the “Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations” (MMPR). The intent of the new Regulation was to change the current practice of the production of medicinal marihuana. The new process would include the licensing of producers through application to and approval by Health Canada. Under the new Legislation, as of April 1, 2014, producers are required to register and gain approval through this new regulatory process. These approvals are reviewed and granted through the federal government, specifically Health Canada.
Each of the four Zoning By-Laws in effect were amended with By-Laws 31-Z-2014, 32-Z-2014, 33-Z-2014 and 34-Z-2014 (access through Norfolk County CivicWeb in the following folders - By-Laws – Planning By-Laws – Zoning Amendments – 2014) to address the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. These amendments will be carried forward into the new Zoning By-Law for Norfolk County, as approved by Council at its July 15, 2014 council meeting.
Tricia Givens, M.Sc. (Pl), MCIP, RPP, Senior Planner
Community Planning Services, 60 Colborne Street South, Simcoe ON N3Y 4H3
519.426.5870 or 519.875.4485 or 519.582.2100 Ext. 1834
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.
Norfolk County’s Official Plan
What is an Official Plan?
An Official Plan is a municipal policy document adopted under the Planning Act. It provides direction for the planning and development of the County for the next 20 years, and establishes the community’s vision, goals and objective for future development to manage and direct physical change and the effects on the social, economic and natural environment.
To view the details of the Official Plan, please visit the official website at www.norfolkofficialplan.ca.
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 www.sourcewater.ca. 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.
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
Norfolk County Mapping
To view different types of Norfolk County Maps please go to this page.