Welcome to Norfolk County Planning! Norfolk County is responsible for both current development and long-term policy projects in the County. You will find plenty of helpful information below that can help you with your planning application, as well as details about ongoing policy projects.

Norfolk County Community Planning Staff

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Robinson Administration Building
185 Robinson Street, Suite 200
Simcoe, ON N3Y 5L6
Phone: (519) 426-5870
Fax: (519) 428-3069
Email: planning@norfolkcounty.ca
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Pam Duesling
Director, Planning
Extension 1342

Shannon VanDalen
Principal Planner
Extension 1834

Kayla DeLeye
Senior Planner
Extension 1828

Alisha Cull
Senior Planner
Extension 1893

Annette Helmig
Agreement and Development Coordinator
Extension 1849

Gail Gates
Planning/Heritage and Culture Assistant
Extension 1340

Langton Administration Building
22 Albert Street
Langton, ON N0E 1G0
Phone: (519) 875-4485
Fax: (519) 875-4789
Email: planning@norfolkcounty.ca
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Mary Elder
Principal Planner
Extension 1341

Mat Vaughan
Principal Planner
Extension 1840

Steven Collyer
Extension 1824

Sherry Mott
Secretary-Treasurer, Committee of Adjustment
Extension 1835

Gilbertson Administration Building
12 Gilbertson Drive
N3Y 4L1 Simcoe, ON
Phone: (519) 426-5870
Email: norfolkGIS@norfolkcounty.ca
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Richard Roberts
GIS Supervisor
Extension 1833

Rebecca Dang
GIS Analyst
Extension 1843

Andrew Cull
GIS Analyst
Extension 1827


Please visit the Developer Information page for more helpful information for developers.

Guiding Documents

Provincial Policy Statement

Norfolk County Official Plan

Norfolk County Zoning By-law 1-Z-2014

Application Forms, Fees and Tools


Development Application Form
Committee of Adjustment Application Form
On-Site Sewage Disposal System (OSSDS) Evaluation Form
Site Plan Waiver Request Form



Planning User Fees 2018
Development Charges 2018
Long Point Region Conservation Authority 2018 Planning Review Fees

Grand River Conservation Authority review fees

Helpful Tools

Agrisuite (Minimum Distance Separation setback calculation software – requires Microsoft Silverlight to run)

Registered Professional Planners (RPP) List
Environmental Consultants List
Accredited Appraisers List
Registered Septic Installers


Left to right: Dennis Tschirhart, Larry Dawson, Chair Richard Barker, Dan Ciona, Rudy Stickl, Eric Gilbert, Marcel VanHooren


Committee of Adjustment hearings are held monthly on the third Wednesday of each month in the Council Chambers at the County Administration Building beginning at 5:00 p.m.

The agenda will be posted on this webpage one week prior to the meeting. Committee of Adjustment Meetings are now available on the Internet. Click here to view the stream!

The Committee of Adjustment’s Terms of Reference can be found here: Committee of Adjustment Terms of Reference

Should you have any questions or concerns with the schedule or if you require minutes from prior years, please contact Sherry Mott, Secretary-Treasurer, Committee of Adjustment 519-875-4485 extension 1835.

For information on the Minor Variance and Severance Process, please download Committee of Adjustment Brochure

Upcoming Hearing Dates – 2018

  • February 21
  • March 21
  • April 18
  • May 16
  • June 20
  • July 18
  • August 15
  • September 19
  • October 17
  • November 21
  • December 19



Norfolk Environmental Advisory Committee (NEAC)

NEAC Terms of Reference
NEAC Guide
EIS Brochure

Upcoming Hearing Dates – 2018

  • March 12
  • April 9
  • May 14
  • June 11
  • July 9
  • August 13
  • September 10
  • October 15
  • November 19
  • December 10

The meetings begin at 5:30 pm, with new business at 6:00 pm. The deadline to submit information for review by NEAC is generally two weeks in advance of the meeting, subject to change due to holidays, etc.



Pre-Consultation Meetings

If you are considering submitting a complex planning proposal, a pre-consultation meeting is required. These confidential meetings are hosted by the Development Action Team which is made up of staff from departments across the County who can provide valuable feedback on your proposal and outline what will be required as part of a complete application. After the meeting, you will receive a copy of the minutes which outline all that is required. These meetings occur on the second and fourth Wednesday afternoons of each month, and need to be booked at least two weeks in advance. To book a meeting, please contact a planner.


Five Year Official Plan Review logoFive-Year Official Plan Review: Grow Norfolk

Norfolk County is undertaking an Official Plan Review (OPR) in order to update and review its existing Official Plan document.

To stay up-to-date with this project or for more information visit: Five-Year Official Plan Review or contact us at:

Planning Department
185 Robinson Street, Suite 200, Simcoe
519.426.5870 or 519.875.4485 or 519.582.2100 ext. 1341

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

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 Long Point Region Source Protection Plan was approved by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and came into effect on July 1, 2016. Staff are screening development applications to ensure compliance with the Source Protection Plan policies. If a property is in a Wellhead Protection Area (WHPA) A, B or C with a high vulnerability or the Lehman Dam Intake Protection zone, the following form must be completed and submitted to Stephanie Davis, Water and Wastewater Compliance Supervisor – Stephanie.Davis@norfolkcounty.ca or 519-582-2100 extension 1501. You can check Norfolk Maps (bottom of this page) to see if your property is within an affected area.

2016-10-20 Restricted Land Use Screening Form Template

Amendments to the Norfolk County Official Plan and Norfolk County Zoning By-law 1-Z-2014 were drafted to implement the approved Source Protection Plan and were the subject of a Public Meeting on September 26.

Source Protection Official Plan Amendment - Draft Text
Source Protection Zoning By-law Amendment - Draft Text

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.

Draft policies of the protection of the quantity of water in the Chapel and Cedar Street wells in Simcoe were discussed at the August 15, 2017 Council-in-Committee meeting (See the Council agenda and staff report DCS 17-61 for details). These policies have been adopted in principle and will be forwarded to the Source Protection Committee on September 7. A public open house took place on June 26, 2017. Please see the posters below for more details.

Simcoe Open House Posters

Hastings Drive Zoning Study

The County of Norfolk initiated the “Hastings Drive Zoning Study” to review the appropriate zoning for lands located west of the lot municipally addressed as 43 Hastings Drive, Long Point.

MacNaughton Hermsen Britton Clarkson Planning Limited (MHBC) was retained by the County to lead this project. Pierre Chauvin BSc (Agr.), MA, MCIP, RPP is the Project Manager and Dan Currie MA, MCIP, RPP the Facilitator. Norfolk County staff liaison and main community contact person was Mary Elder BES, MCIP, RPP – Principal Planner. Questions should be directed to her at mary.elder@norfolkcounty.ca or by telephone at 519-875-4485 or 519-426-5870 or 519-582-2100 extension 1341.

Stakeholder meetings were held on September 4, 2015 with over 50 people providing their input and opinions. The consultant’s presentation may be viewed here.

Hastings Drive Zoning Study Stakeholder Meeting Presentation Sep 4.15

Terms of Reference were approved by Council-In-Committee on September 15, 2015.

Hastings Drive Zoning Study Final Terms Of Reference Sept 15

Public Meeting – February 23, 2016 The consultant, after consultation with the Technical Advisory Committee, prepared a Draft Issues and Options paper which was discussed at the Public Meeting.

Hastings Drive Issues & Options Report January 8 2016

Public Meeting – May 10, 2016 After hearing from Council and the community, the consultant prepared a Final Hastings Drive Zoning Study Report. This was discussed on March 23, 2016 with the Technical Advisory Committee and the document went before Council at the Public Meeting.

Final Issues & Options Report April 25 2016 (including Draft By-law)

Council Memo – June 14, 2016 Please see the memo for full details.

Hastings Drive Zoning Memo – June 10, 2016

Public Meeting – July 12, 2016

Hastings Drive Zoning Study Notice of Public Meeting - July 12, 2016

The requested Zoning By-Law that Council considered at the Public Meeting can be found below.

Hastings Drive Requested Bylaw Option 5 - June 29
47-Z-2016 Notice Of Passing

Please note that By-law 47-Z-2016 was repealed on December 13, 2016 through By-law 2016-132.

Rural Community Improvement Plan

Norfolk County has developed a Rural Community Improvement Plan intended to focus on incentives and programs to promote investment in tourism, agri-business, and the revitalization of downtown and hamlet areas.

For further information, please follow this link: http://www.norfolkbusiness.ca/incentives-supports/business-incentives/​ or contact:

Chris Garwood, Economic Development Coordinator
Norfolk County, 185 Robinson Street Suite 200, Simcoe ON  N3Y 1R9 519-426-5870 ext. 1264 or 1-866-834-1726

Norfolk County Mapping

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

Open Data is here! Please visit http://opendata.norfolkcounty.ca/ to access the portal.

Planning Department Frequently Asked Questions

An Overview

Planning in Ontario is governed by the provincial Planning Act. The Act sets out the steps that the County must follow in planning, and requires County staff to make recommendations that will fit with provincial policies for environmental protection, the preservation of farmland, and the use of natural resources. The County is required to notify the public about planning proposals and hold public meetings to discuss these proposals.

If a member of the public considers that a planning decision needs to be re-examined, he or she can appeal the decision to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). If you wish to appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board, a copy of the Appellant Form is available from the Ontario Municipal Board website at www.omb.gov.on.ca or from the Clerk of the Corporation of Norfolk County.

The Appellant Form must be accompanied by the fee of $300.00 required by the Ontario Municipal Board (established by Regulation 888, R.R.O. 1990). Fees are payable by certified cheque or money order and should be made payable to the “Minister of Finance”.

How long does it take to process a planning application?

Each type of planning application has its own processing time. For example, although a complex plan of subdivision could take several months to process, minor applications take less time. The processing time for each type of application may depend on its complexity and individual issues. Requirements such as public notification; public meetings; the submission and approval of required studies supporting the proposal, all play a role in determining the processing time.

What is an official plan amendment?

The Official Plan is the County’s blueprint for the future. It contains maps that show where residential, commercial, recreational, and industrial development can go and what areas must be protected from development. An Official Plan Amendment is a formal document that changes the County’s Official Plan. Changes may be needed because of new circumstances in the County or because of a request made by property owners.

What is the official plan amendment process?

  1. Council or the public initiates an amendment to the official plan.
  2. The proposed amendment by-law is prepared.
  3. Agencies are consulted.
  4. A public meeting is held.
  5. Council passes or refuses to pass by-law amendment.
  6. The County sends Notice of Decision.
  7. Any person or public body may appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board.
  8. If appealed, the Ontario Municipal Board holds hearing and makes final decisions.

You can find more information here: Zoning By-law and Official Plan Amendment Brochure

What is a Zoning By-law?

The Zoning By-law is a regulatory document which implements the policy direction outlined in the County’s Official Plan. A Zoning By-law generally spells out how land and building may be used, where buildings and other structures may be located, and what constraints may be applicable to the development of a particular property. Significant changes to the Zoning By-law may require a Zoning By-law Amendment. Zoning by-laws are legally enforceable decisions of Council.

What is the Zoning By-law Amendment Process?

  1. Council or the public initiates an amendment to the zoning by-law.
  2. The proposed amendment by-law is prepared.
  3. Agencies are consulted.
  4. A public meeting is held.
  5. Council passes or refuses to pass by-law amendment.
  6. The County sends Notice of Decision.
  7. Any person or public body may appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board.
  8. If appealed, the Ontario Municipal Board holds hearing and makes final decisions.

You can find more information here: Zoning By-law and Official Plan Amendment Brochure

What is a plan of Subdivision?

When undeveloped land is divided into lots for development, the developer must prepare a plan of subdivision, showing the position and width of roads, the size and shape of the lots, the location of schools and parks, and the availability of watermains and sewers. The County examines the plan to ensure that it will not create problems for the surrounding area. In considering approval of a Plan of Subdivision, Council must have regard to Provincial policy, the County Official Plan, the Zoning By-Law and other planning, environmental and engineering issues. Usually accompanying a plan of subdivision is a binding agreement between the subdivider and the municipality concerning the development of land. This agreement, which is registered against the land, sets out details on various matters such as servicing, road construction, and easements.

What is a plan of Subdivision Process?

  1. Submission of application.
  2. Preliminary review for compliance with County Official Plan and Provincial policies.
  3. Agencies consulted.
  4. Public Meeting is held.
  5. Draft approval or refusal (decision) by County Council (usually with attached conditions).
  6. County sends Notice of Decision.
  7. Any person or public body may appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board.
  8. Subdivision Agreement and clearing of conditions by developer.
  9. Final approval and Registration of Final Plan of Subdivision.
  10. Construction.
  11. Maintenance Period (Assumption).

You can find more information here: Draft Plan of Subdivision and Condominium Brochure

What is a Consent?

The process required to divide a property is known as a Consent for land severance. Unlike other Planning Applications, approval of a Consent is considered by the County’s Committee of Adjustment. The Committee has the same powers as Council in considering and approving consents.

What is the Consent Process?

  1. Application is submitted
  2. Agencies are consulted
  3. A public meeting is held
  4. Application approved or refused
  5. The notice of decision is sent to applicant and those requesting notice
  6. Any person or public body may appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board
  7. If appealed, the Ontario Municipal Board holds hearing and makes final decision.

What is a Minor Variance?

A Minor Variance is a small, technical adjustment to the Zoning By-law. Examples of such adjustments include regulations in setbacks for buildings, decks, lot dimensions, and other similar By-law regulations. Significant adjustments to a Zoning By-law require an amendment.

What is the Minor Variance Process?

  1. Application is submitted
  2. Agencies are consulted
  3. A public meeting is held
  4. Application approved or refused
  5. The notice of decision is sent to applicant and those requesting notification
  6. Any person or public body may appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board
  7. If appealed, the Ontario Municipal Board holds hearing and makes final decision.

What is Site Plan Control?

Site Plan Control is a tool utilized by the County to ensure that specific development proposals meet the Official Plan and Zoning By-law objectives. Essentially, site plans approved under this process are very detailed and outline precisely how a particular property will be developed. Site Plan Approval is typically the last planning approval necessary before a Building Permit is issued. Site Plan Approval is not usually required for single unit residential development. A Site Plan Agreement is sometimes required for more complicated developments. You can find more information here: Site Plan Brochure

Summary of the Planning Process

  • Pre-consultation Meeting
    The owner, or representative of the owner, of a property must meet with staff from the Planning Department to discuss a possible development application. Staff will tell the owner what will be required for the proposal and whether special studies, such as environmental impact or traffic studies, will be needed.
  • Planning application is submitted
    The owner, or a representative of the owner, submits an application to Norfolk County’s Planning Department, along with the required fees and background studies (if applicable). The owner will be given a sign which must be put up on the property. The information on the sign describes the proposed development and lists the phone number of the Planning Department, so members of the public can call for information.
  • Circulation of application to Agencies
    The Planner sends information about the application to agencies or County Departments that may have an interest in the proposal asking for comments and any conditions that must be imposed on the development.
  • Preparation of Staff Report
    The Planner analyzes the proposal in light of the County’s planning policies, reviews any technical studies, and considers comments submitted by agencies or the public. The Planner writes a report that incorporates all this information and recommends that Council approve, modify, or refuse the application. Letters from the public may be attached to the report to Council.
  • Notice of Public Meeting
    The neighbouring property owners are sent a notice of public meeting inviting them to attend a Public Meeting which is held during regular County Council.
  • Public Meeting
    At the Public Meeting, Planning Staff describe the proposal and the issues raised in the planning report. Members of the public who have registered to speak, make presentations about their concerns or support for the application. Council discusses the proposal and votes on it.
  • Notice of Council decision and appeal period
    Anyone who has sent in comments, spoken at the Public Meeting, or have asked to be kept informed about a proposal, receives a notice of the Council’s decision. The notice includes information on how to appeal the decision to the Ontario Municipal Board, if necessary.