Northumberland Next: Official Plan Update

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We are updating the Northumberland County Official Plan to guide growth and development in Northumberland over the next 30 years. These updates align with Provincial legislation that requires municipalities to review and update their Official Plan every few years.

Current Provincial forecasts indicate that the population for Northumberland County will grow to 122,000 people and 44,000 jobs by the year 2051. As part of the Official Plan update, we will be reviewing the maps and policies in the current Official Plan, and will undertake a series of amendments to update the Plan to ensure that the County and its member municipalities are prepared for the forecasted growth.

Some specific topics that we will be reviewing include:

  • Natural Heritage System mapping and policies (First amendment planned. NHS report finalized based on public consultation in 2018-2020 and endorsed by County Council July 22, 2020.)
  • Agricultural mapping and policies
  • Population, Housing and Employment
  • Land Needs
  • Water Resource mapping and policies
  • Affordable housing policies

The updated Official Plan will be developed in consultation with the local area municipalities and community partners, and through consultation with the public, including public meetings and online input through Join In Northumberland.

The public consultation process will launch with a virtual public meeting on October 28, 2020 and additional opportunities for public engagement will continue in 2021. Residents are invited to review the documents and links sections for background information about the project, prior to attending the virtual meeting on October 28. Alternative formats of this information are available upon request by emailing accessibility@northumberlandcounty.ca or calling 905-372-3329 ext. 2327.

Our vision: To manage growth for a complete and thriving Northumberland over the next 30 years.

The public engagement objectives for Northumberland Next are to:

  1. Inform residents of the process for updating the Northumberland County Official Plan
  2. Gather public input on land use planning priorities for Northumberland County as we plan for future growth and development
  3. Gather resident and stakeholder feedback about topics for review in the County's Official Plan

Join In the conversation

  • Attend our upcoming virtual public meeting on Wednesday, October 28, 2020
  • Share your ideas on key issues for the County to address as plans are updated to strategically manage local growth and development.
  • Join our email distribution list for updates about the project and opportunities to provide your feedback

We are updating the Northumberland County Official Plan to guide growth and development in Northumberland over the next 30 years. These updates align with Provincial legislation that requires municipalities to review and update their Official Plan every few years.

Current Provincial forecasts indicate that the population for Northumberland County will grow to 122,000 people and 44,000 jobs by the year 2051. As part of the Official Plan update, we will be reviewing the maps and policies in the current Official Plan, and will undertake a series of amendments to update the Plan to ensure that the County and its member municipalities are prepared for the forecasted growth.

Some specific topics that we will be reviewing include:

  • Natural Heritage System mapping and policies (First amendment planned. NHS report finalized based on public consultation in 2018-2020 and endorsed by County Council July 22, 2020.)
  • Agricultural mapping and policies
  • Population, Housing and Employment
  • Land Needs
  • Water Resource mapping and policies
  • Affordable housing policies

The updated Official Plan will be developed in consultation with the local area municipalities and community partners, and through consultation with the public, including public meetings and online input through Join In Northumberland.

The public consultation process will launch with a virtual public meeting on October 28, 2020 and additional opportunities for public engagement will continue in 2021. Residents are invited to review the documents and links sections for background information about the project, prior to attending the virtual meeting on October 28. Alternative formats of this information are available upon request by emailing accessibility@northumberlandcounty.ca or calling 905-372-3329 ext. 2327.

Our vision: To manage growth for a complete and thriving Northumberland over the next 30 years.

The public engagement objectives for Northumberland Next are to:

  1. Inform residents of the process for updating the Northumberland County Official Plan
  2. Gather public input on land use planning priorities for Northumberland County as we plan for future growth and development
  3. Gather resident and stakeholder feedback about topics for review in the County's Official Plan

Join In the conversation

  • Attend our upcoming virtual public meeting on Wednesday, October 28, 2020
  • Share your ideas on key issues for the County to address as plans are updated to strategically manage local growth and development.
  • Join our email distribution list for updates about the project and opportunities to provide your feedback
  • County to launch Official Plan review and update at upcoming virtual public meeting

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    17 Sep 2020

    Cobourg, ON – September 17, 2020 – On October 28, Northumberland County will launch Northumberland Next, an initiative to review and update the County’s Official Plan to manage growth and development in Northumberland over the next 20 years.

    As part of the Provincial Planning Act, municipalities in Ontario are required to review their Official Plan every few years. In alignment with this requirement, County staff will review the maps and policies in the current Official Plan and undertake a series of amendments to update the plan to ensure the County and its member municipalities are prepared for forecasted growth. Current Provincial forecasts indicate that by the year 2051, Northumberland's population will grow to approximately 122,000 people and the workforce will grow to approximately 44,000 jobs.

    During the review process, Northumberland County will review several topics including:

    • Natural Heritage System mapping and policies
    • Agricultural mapping and policies
    • Population, Housing and Employment
    • Land Needs
    • Water resource mapping and policies
    • Affordable housing policies

    Residents are invited to join County Council and staff for a virtual kick-off meeting on Wednesday, October 28 to learn more about the Official Plan update process and to share your thoughts about key issues for the County to consider as plans are updated to strategically manage local growth and development.

    Virtual meeting details: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 7 p.m.
    Web: zoom.us/join
    Meeting ID: 848 5924 2810
    Passcode: 759484
    Join by phone (toll-free): 855-703-8985

    In advance of the virtual public meeting, resources including project timelines and background materials about the Official Plan are available on Join In Northumberland—the County’s online consultation portal. To access these materials and to sign up for our email distribution list to be notified of future meetings and opportunities to provide input, please visit JoinIn.Northumberland.ca.