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To ensure that Norfolk County plans for efficient growth over the long term, the Planning Department is embarking on a Growth Management Study that will establish long-term growth management principles as well as identify opportunities and options to consider to accommodate a made in Norfolk vision of growth to 2051.

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What is a Growth Management Study?

A Growth Management Study:

  • provides guidance on where to direct growth within a municipality to accommodate the projected population and economic growth over the planning horizon, and
  • the study is considered a comprehensive review that will be utilized during the next five-year Official Plan review process or development of a new Official Plan.

What’s included in the study?

  • A review of the:
    • historic population and economic growth
    • number and type of Building Permits issued
    • existing land supply
    • infrastructure system and capacity
    • overarching policy framework


Norfolk County Workplan and Project Timeline



Phase 1: Project Initiation

  • Project Kick-Off
  • Terms of Reference
  • Engagement Strategy
Phase 2A: Policy Review & Technical Reports

  • Context Report
  • Planning Act and PPS Conformity Exercise
    • Includes a review of Short Term Rentals and Accessory Residential Dwelling Units
  • Land Evaluation Study
Phase 2B: Growth Projections

  • Watson & Associates are completing the growth projections.
Phase 3: Opportunities & Options

  • Conformity Recommendations
  • Option Reports & Land Study
  • Monitoring Options
Phase 4: Preferred Direction Reports

  • Policy Recommendations
  • Monitoring Details
  • Amendments, if required



How to be involved?

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Planning Department

185 Robinson Street, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada, N3Y 5L6
Email: [email protected]

Phone: 519-426-5870 or 226-Norfolk ext. 1842





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