Downtown Simcoe

Norfolk County continues to work locally with businesses and organizations that seek our assistance on downtown revitalization efforts. Please stay tuned for opportunities for you to get involved.

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Jan 12, 2016 – Norfolk County Council-in-Committee has endorsed in principle the development of a Norfolk County Downtown Master Plan.

January 2016 – New life was breathed into The Delhi District Chamber of Commerce, when several local people stepped forward to revitalize the organization. More…

January 2016 – Several properties across Norfolk County and in Waterford were approved for businesses incentives under Norfolk County’s Community Improvement Program. More…

Feb 29, 2016 – Staff have had discussions with representatives from the South Coast Business Coalition who informed Council that they will be taking a lead role in the revitalization efforts. It is understood that an update will occur in March. They have initiated their efforts and will most likely be best able to answer any questions about their progress at that time. There are many County supports including Official Plan policy review and incentive programs that are provided through the Development & Cultural Services Department. Staff will provide regular updates to Council in due course. Staff are ready and willing to assist where and when required.

February 2016 – Businesses in Delhi, Port Rowan and Simcoe were approved for businesses incentives under Norfolk County’s Community Improvement Program. More…

March 2016 – Businesses in Delhi, Langton, Simcoe and Port Dover were approved for businesses incentives under Norfolk County’s Community Improvement Program. More…

April 2016 – Several businesses in the downtown areas of Simcoe and Port were approved for business incentives under Norfolk County’s Community Improvement Program. More…

May 3, 2016 – The South Coast Business Coalition made a presentation about downtown revitalization to Norfolk County Council-in-Committee. The SCBC offered to take a lead role in the downtown revitalization effort. It has hired a consultant, Jeremy Freiburger of CoBALT Connects. As a result, the development of Norfolk County’s Downtown Master Plan was suspended until the report comes back from the SCBC.

May 2016 – Businesses in the downtown areas of Simcoe and Delhi, as well as the hamlet of Normandale, were approved for business incentives under Norfolk County’s Community Improvement Program. More…

June 15, 2016 – A new weekly farmers’ market opened in Waterford. The open-air market features fruit, vegetables, bread, baking, flowers and more. More…

June 21, 2016 – Norfolk County Council approved the implementation of a sidewalk cafe pilot project in downtown Simcoe. The project was spearheaded by the Downtown Simcoe BIA in cooperation with Norfolk County’s Development & Cultural Services Department. More…

June 29, 2016 – Norfolk County installed new gateway signage at the entrances to the town of Waterford. The project was spearheaded by the Waterford Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with Norfolk County’s Development & Cultural Services Department. See the sign …

June 30, 2016 – The Capitol Performance Group organized a pop-up event in the former Capitol Theatre in downtown Simcoe. The event featured music, local art and local food and drink. More…

June 2016 – Businesses across Norfolk County, include one in Port Rowan, were approved for business incentives under Norfolk County’s Community Improvement Program. More…

July 12, 2016 – Business in Port Dover approved for incentive under Norfolk County’s Community Improvement Program.

July 16, 2016 – Culture Rodeo’s new pop-up festival in downtown Simcoe will bring music, art and food to the core of the town. More…

July 27, 2016 – Downtown Simcoe opens its new outdoor patios. More…

August 5, 2016 – The South Coast Business Coalition asks business owners and employers in Norfolk County to complete a survey to explore ideas related to downtown revitalization. More…

August 5, 2016 – Norfolk County has approved Penny Shurr for a project at 44 Norfolk Street South, Simcoe, under the Building Façade Improvement Program of the Community Improvement Plan (CIP). More…

August 9, 2016 – Norfolk County has approved Rainey Ginseng Farms Limited for a project at 32 Main Street South, Waterford, under the Building Façade Improvement Program of the Community Improvement Plan (CIP). More…

August 9, 2016 – The Finger Lakes Study Tour Report was released. It contains key observations and learning moments gleaned from a study tour of New York State by businesses and community leaders from Norfolk County and Ontario’s Southwest in the spring. More…

Sept 28, 2016 – Non-profit group to develop former LCBO store – A non-denominational church group that helps people in poverty has bought the former LCBO in downtown Simcoe and plans to turn it into a food/community centre. More…

September 28, 2016 – Thu and Emilia Nguyen approved for Norfolk County incentive in downtown Simcoe. More…

October 3, 2016 – 762830 Ontario Inc. approved for Norfolk County incentive in downtown Simcoe. More…

November 7-8, 2016 – Downtown Revitalization training session. More…

January 27, 2017 – Norfolk County Council removes funding placeholder from 2017 budget for Downtown Revitalization, awaiting plan from South Coast Business Coalition.

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