The Norplex HUB is the proposed multi-use recreational facility. The Recreational Facility Advisory Committee is currently investigating the proposed facility on behalf of Council. The proposed facility would include a new recreation aquatic centre/swimming pool, a multi-purpose gymnasium, a twin ice pad meeting rooms, administrative offices, and a Senior’s facilities. This page will be continually updated with information on the Norplex HUB.

 

Recreational Facility Advisory Committee

 

The Recreation Facilities Advisory Board (RFAB) provides leadership and advice to County Council with respect to the development of a multi-use recreation facility. The terms of reference for the committee can be found below. The meetings of RFAB occur on a monthly basis or when called by the chair; the meetings are posted on the meeting calendar. The meetings are regularily scheduled for the second Monday of every month at 2:00pm. Agenda and minutes are posted below.

Establishing By-law and Terms of Reference

October 1, 2018          Agenda          Minutes

 

Council Decisions

 

During the Regular Council meeting on Tuesday, April 10th 2018, Norfolk County Council reconsidered a previous decision and carried a motion in support of on the proposed multi-use recreational facility. The reconsidered motion was amended and passed. The full text can be found with the minutes as resolution 16 here. The following is an excerpt of the decision:

THAT Resolution No. 2 of the January 30, 2018 Council meeting be amended through its deletion in entirety and replacement therein of the following:

WHEREAS the Council appointed ‘Recreation Facilities Sub-Committee of Council’ has made recommendations to Council;

AND WHEREAS the Simcoe Seniors Centre is in immediate need of replacement;

AND WHEREAS the Norfolk/Simcoe aquatic centre/pool is in constant need ofmaintenance, repair and upgrade;

AND WHEREAS the County is in need of a multi-purpose gymnasium including an indoor track;

AND WHEREAS it has been indicated by multi-use facility proponents that two-third dollars for such a major project are available from Federal-Provincial governments.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED,

a) THAT Staff Report C.S. 18-04, Recreation Facilities Sub-Committee Recommendations be received as information;

b) AND THAT Council move forward with further investigation into a multi-use recreation facility;

c) AND THAT the Simcoe Seniors Centre be replaced and that Seniors utilizing the current Seniors Centre be consulted regarding space requirements with all other occupants of the current facility;

d) AND THAT a new recreation aquatic centre/swimming pool be constructed;

e) AND THAT Council direct staff to investigate the need for meeting rooms, administrative offices, including the Sports Hall of Fame;

f) AND THAT Council direct staff to investigate options for a multi-purpose gymnasium, including an indoor walking track to be constructed in Norfolk County;

g) AND THAT Council direct staff to investigate the option of a twin ice pad and compare costs to repair/upgrade of Talbot Gardens and the Simcoe Recreation Centre and examine alternate uses for the sites;

h) i) AND THAT staff conduct a “cost analysis” of each component of a proposed multi-use recreation facility for consideration;

ii) AND THAT staff be directed to investigate capital and operational costs of all aspects of the multi-use facility in the development of a business case for the facilities and that the costs be included in the 10-year Capital costs;

i) AND THAT staff provide an estimate of property tax impact of such a multi-use facility to the average Norfolk County home owner over a 20year period;

j) AND THAT Council direct staff to investigate publically owned land and or privately owned land that is up to 25 acres in the Simcoe area that would be available on which to build recreational facilities;

k) AND THAT Council direct staff to prepare a closed session report presenting land parcels available for development/construction of recreational facilities with estimated land costs for Councils consideration with a report prepared by May 30, 2018;

l) AND THAT development/construction of any one component of a multi-use recreation facility can proceed as an individual stand-alone project;

m) AND THAT such a multi-use recreation facility including activities/programs will not negatively impact activities/programs and opportunities in Norfolk County’s other communities;

n) AND THAT the development of a multi-use recreation facility receive Council approval and proceed ‘only on condition that two-thirds (2/3) of the project dollar value be financed by Federal/Provincial grant dollars only leaving one-third (1/3) to be financed by Norfolk County.’

o) AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to explore and seek expressions of interest to partner with the County who are capable of and willing to co-invest in the property design and construction components of either the aquatic or non-aquatic amenities including options to partner in the maintenance and/or operation of these facilities.

 

Recommendation Report

 

Staff Report C.S.18-04, Recreation Facilities Council Sub-Committee Recommendations presented the recommendation of the sub-committee and Norfolk County Staff to council on January 30, 2018. The full report can be found here.

The report recommended:

THAT Staff Report C.S.18-04, Recreation Facilities Council Sub-Committee Recommendations be received;

AND THAT Council move forward with further investigation into a multi-use facility;

AND THAT Council approve recommendation #1 of the sub-committee resolutions; that the Simcoe Senior Centre be replaced;

AND THAT Council approve recommendation #2 of the sub-committee resolutions; that a new recreational pool be constructed;

AND THAT Council approve recommendation #7 of the sub-committee resolutions; that Simcoe be the preferred location for a multi-use facility;

AND THAT Council approve recommendation #8 of the sub-committee resolutions; that staff to investigate land that is up to approximately 25 acres within the Urban Simcoe area that is available or potentially available to Norfolk County to build a multi-use facility on;

AND FURTHER THAT Council direct staff to prepare a Closed Session report presenting all properly zoned and serviced land parcels available for the construction of a multi-use facility within the Simcoe urban boundary with estimated costs for Council’s consideration as a next step in investigating a multi-use facility.

 

Community Consultation - Recreation Facilities Input Sub-Committee

 

In September 2017, Norfolk County Council created a sub-committee to tour 6 urban areas of Norfolk County; Waterford, Port Dover, Port Rowan, Langton, Delhi and Simcoe, to conduct a public meeting. The purpose of the meetings was to consult and receive input from the community in each area of the County. Specifically, the committee sought input on whether the community were in support or opposed to building a new multi-plex recreation centre in Norfolk County or if they would rather repair the existing buildings. If residents wish to build a new facility, input was requested as to location as well as what facilities they would like to include. The meetings took place Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. from September 18 to November 13. There was a significant turnout at these meetings which resulted in quality feedback for the sub-committee and the County. The majority of residents who attended these meetings were middle-aged to elderly with few attendees being under 40 years of age.

The terms of reference for the Recreation Facilities Input Sub-Committee can be found here.

The information provided below is a very brief summary of the data received from the residents of Norfolk County in each area. It is important to remember that some Norfolk County residents and groups attended all meetings and although asked not to fill out data twice, could have an impact on the validity of our statistics. The information contained in this report is meant to be a quick overview of the general consensus and is based from the minutes of the meeting and the paper surveys.

 

Waterford, September 18, 2017 & September 28, 2017

 

County staff had originally scheduled the public meeting at the Waterford Arena in the meeting room on September 18. There was a greater than anticipated turnout and staff quickly discovered the meeting room was not big enough once the meeting started. The meeting was rescheduled for September 28 at the Waterford Public school. At this meeting we had approximately 68 attendees, 43 of which completed a written survey. The majority of residents who attended the meeting in Waterford were very positive, and favorable to building a multi-plex facility. As a few residents wanted to see Norfolk County invest in Waterford, the majority of residents believed that building the multi-plex in Simcoe would be most beneficial to the County as a whole. A large portion of the residents at this meeting were concerned about the well-being of the pool and wish to see a new, bigger pool built with better air quality and more facility usage time.

Info gathered from the paper surveys regarding recreational facilities:

How would you prefer to address this issue?

Repair: 2

Build New: 35

It has been recommended that a multi-use recreation facility be located in Simcoe. Where would you suggest this facility be located?

Downtown Simcoe: 6

Simcoe – outside of downtown: 30

Other: 3

Full Minutes Here

 

 

Port Dover, September 25, 2017

 

Our next meeting led us to Port Dover where we had approximately 81 attendees, 54 of whom filled out the surveys. The atmosphere of this meeting was also a very positive feeling with the majority of residents wishing to see a new multi-plex facility built in the Simcoe area. A major concern for the residents of Port Dover is a new senior centre as they feel the one that we currently have in Norfolk is not up to standard and lacks accessibility. Another reoccurring topic was that residents wish to see an indoor walking track located in the multi-plex facility as well as a new pool.

Info gathered from the paper surveys regarding recreational facilities:

How would you prefer to address this issue?

Repair: 4

Build New: 46

Downtown Simcoe: 5

It has been recommended that a multi-use recreation facility be located in Simcoe. Where would you suggest this facility be located?

Simcoe – outside of downtown: 35

Other: 10

Full Minutes Here

 

 

Port Rowan, October 23, 2017

 

Port Rowan had approximately 51 attendees with 19 residents completing the survey. There were some conflicting opinions at the meeting in Port Rowan. A portion of residents at the meeting felt Norfolk County needs to invest in their area by putting recreational facilities in the west end of Norfolk County. There was also a portion of residents who feel a multi-plex facility is needed in Norfolk County and that the west end of Simcoe would be the best location for it. The residents of Port Rowan are not in favor of a multi-plex facility being built near Fanshawe College. The citizens of Port Rowan were concerned about where the money will be coming from and how much funding we can receive. Another concern for the Port Rowan residents was if a multi-plex were to be built in Simcoe, how would seniors form outside communities get there? Would Norfolk expand Ride Norfolk?

Info gathered from the paper surveys regarding recreational facilities:

How would you prefer to address this issue?

Repair: 9

Build New: 8

It has been recommended that a multi-use recreation facility be located in Simcoe. Where would you suggest this facility be located?

Downtown Simcoe: 6

Simcoe – outside of downtown: 5

Other: 5

Full Minutes Here

 

 

Langton, October 30, 2017

 

Langton was the fourth area Council visited with approximately 65 attendees, 44 of whom completed surveys. A reoccurring concern in Langton is the well-being of their facilities. If a multi-plex is built in Simcoe, a large portion of the residents of Langton are worried they will lose their arena. The residents that were in support of a multi-plex being built would like it to be built on the west end of Simcoe, closer to the centre of Norfolk County. A portion of the citizens at the meeting were frustrated as they feel their tax dollars are always being spent in Simcoe and would like more investment in the smaller communities.

Info gathered from the paper surveys regarding recreational facilities:

How would you prefer to address this issue?

Repair: 25

Build New: 7

It has been recommended that a multi-use recreation facility be located in Simcoe. Where would you suggest this facility be located?

Downtown Simcoe: 5

Simcoe – outside of downtown: 13

Other: 17

Full Minutes Here

 

 

Delhi, November 6, 2017

 

The fifth meeting took place in Delhi with approximately 43 attendees, 25 of whom completed surveys. A large portion of the residents who attended this meeting were concerned about the facilities in their end of the County and would like more facilities built in Delhi. The residents feel there is a lack of indoor gymnasium space in the west end of Norfolk County and wish to see something built to facilitate indoor users. A supported suggestion was to build a second gym at the Highschool. The pool at the Annelise Carr Aquatics Centre was also a reoccurring concern in Delhi. They wish to have a new pool built as fixing the existing one would cost too much. The majority of citizens wish to see this pool built in Delhi or the west end of Simcoe.

Info gathered from the paper surveys regarding recreational facilities:

How would you prefer to address this issue?

Repair: 10

Build New: 13

It has been recommended that a multi-use recreation facility be located in Simcoe. Where would you suggest this facility be located?

Downtown Simcoe: 3

Simcoe – outside of downtown: 7

Other: 10

Full Minutes Here

 

Simcoe, November 13, 2017

 

The last meeting took place at the Royal Canadian Legion in Simcoe with approximately, 120 attendees with 67 surveys being completed. The majorities of the attendees at this meeting believe a multiplex is required for Norfolk County and would like it to be built in Simcoe. There was a difference in opinion on where in Simcoe it should be located as 23 residents believe it should be located downtown and 30 residents believe it needs to be on the outside of Simcoe with only 4 choosing to put it anywhere else. A trending concern for a lot of attendees was the senior centre as the current facility is not sufficient.

Info gathered from the paper surveys regarding recreational facilities:

How would you prefer to address this issue?

Repair: 13

Build New: 48

It has been recommended that a multi-use recreation facility be located in Simcoe. Where would you suggest this facility be located?

Downtown Simcoe: 23

Simcoe – outside of downtown: 30

Other: 4

Full Minutes Here

 

November 30 & December 11, 2017

The committee members reconvened twice to discuss and deliberate on the results of the community consultation meetings. The result was the following committee recommendation to council passed as a resolution December 11, 2017:

  1. (Black/Luke)
    THAT Staff undertake to draft a Report to Council on January 30, 2018 to consolidate Sub-Committee recommendations, public information, recreation master plan, advise of next steps, and recommend what staff is able to do internally and what staff will need to seek external expertise for.

Carried.

Full Minutes – November 30, 2017

Full Minutes – December 11, 2017

 

Current Facilities

 

This section will be updated with information on how current facilities will be utilized moving forward. Please see the Related Staff Reports section below for a listing of previous Community Services reports related to the current states of Norfolk County’s existing facilities.

 

Related Staff Reports