Downtown SimcoeNorfolk 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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Background

January 30, 2015 – Downtown Simcoe businesses met with Norfolk County elected representatives and staff to discuss establishing an action plan for the downtown.

April 9, 2015 – Businesses and County staff / elected representatives undertook walking tour of downtown Simcoe to gather ideas and solutions.

May 5, 2015 – Ideas from walking tour shared and discussed.

August 5, 2015 – Businesses supported Norfolk County preparing an action plan. Staff get to work preparing a document for next year’s budget.

December 1, 2015 – Draft Downtown Master Plan is circulated to businesses and stakeholder groups for feedback. Positive responses and support were received.

January 12, 2016 – Norfolk County Council-in-Committee reviewed a report proposing the development of a Norfolk County Downtown Master Plan.

February 29, 2016 – South Coast Business Coalition informed Council they will be taking a lead role in the revitalization efforts. It is understood that an update will occur in March. Council puts on hold further development of Master Plan.

May 3, 2016 – South Coast Business Coalition made verbal 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.

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.

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

May 29, 2017 – Representative of South Coast Business Coalition made verbal presentation to the Tourism and Economic Development Advisory Board. No written report will be coming forward.

January 23, 2018 – Norfolk County establishes Urban Renewal Partnership project, focusing on Downtown Simcoe Secondary Plan and other projects. Province of Ontario provides additional funding for downtown revitalization efforts. More…