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.

Consultation launched in the fall of 2018 with public meetings about the first amendment planned as part of this process: the Natural Heritage System amendment. On October 28, 2020, the County hosted a virtual public meeting to provide an overview of the overall Northumberland Next process, including ongoing work on the Natural Heritage System amendment, and additional topics that will be reviewed throughout the process.

Specific topics that we will be reviewing include:

  • Natural Heritage System mapping and policies (FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS UNDERWAY)
    • Final amendment recommendation to be presented to the Economic Development, Tourism and Land Use Planning Committee meeting on December 1, 2021.
  • Population, Housing and Employment / Lands Needs (PLANNING UNDERWAY)
    • Draft amendment report to be presented to the Economic Development, Tourism and Land Use Planning Committee meeting on December 1, 2021.
  • Agricultural mapping and policies
  • Water Resource mapping and policies
  • Affordable housing policies

The updated Official Plan is being 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. Opportunities for public engagement are ongoing, and will continue throughout 2022.

About Northumberland Next

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

Stay in the loop as Northumberland Next moves forward:

  • Join our email distribution list for updates about the project and opportunities to provide your feedback. Click 'subscribe' under the 'Stay Informed' box.
  • Share your ideas on key issues for the County to address as plans are updated to strategically manage local growth and development.
  • Attend our upcoming consultations for more information and to provide your feedback on the topics for review.

Current consultation: Growth Management

Northumberland County is currently reviewing and updating maps and policies related to long-term growth and land needs in Northumberland County’s Official Plan. Our draft Growth Forecast and Urban Lands Needs Analysis Report is now available for review and feedback

Join In the conversation

For a copy of the full draft Growth Management report, please submit a request to our Land Use Planning team by email at campbelld@northumberland.ca.


Completed consultations

Natural Heritage System

The Natural Heritage System (NHS) was the first amendment planned for the Northumberland Next Official Plan update. The NHS report was finalized based on multiple rounds of public consultations that took place between 2018-2020, and was endorsed by County Council on July 22, 2020. Virtual consultations regarding the final amendment were held in spring 2021, and final recommendations will be presented to the Economic Development, Tourism and Land Use Planning Committee meeting on December 1, 2021.

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.

Consultation launched in the fall of 2018 with public meetings about the first amendment planned as part of this process: the Natural Heritage System amendment. On October 28, 2020, the County hosted a virtual public meeting to provide an overview of the overall Northumberland Next process, including ongoing work on the Natural Heritage System amendment, and additional topics that will be reviewed throughout the process.

Specific topics that we will be reviewing include:

  • Natural Heritage System mapping and policies (FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS UNDERWAY)
    • Final amendment recommendation to be presented to the Economic Development, Tourism and Land Use Planning Committee meeting on December 1, 2021.
  • Population, Housing and Employment / Lands Needs (PLANNING UNDERWAY)
    • Draft amendment report to be presented to the Economic Development, Tourism and Land Use Planning Committee meeting on December 1, 2021.
  • Agricultural mapping and policies
  • Water Resource mapping and policies
  • Affordable housing policies

The updated Official Plan is being 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. Opportunities for public engagement are ongoing, and will continue throughout 2022.

About Northumberland Next

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

Stay in the loop as Northumberland Next moves forward:

  • Join our email distribution list for updates about the project and opportunities to provide your feedback. Click 'subscribe' under the 'Stay Informed' box.
  • Share your ideas on key issues for the County to address as plans are updated to strategically manage local growth and development.
  • Attend our upcoming consultations for more information and to provide your feedback on the topics for review.

Current consultation: Growth Management

Northumberland County is currently reviewing and updating maps and policies related to long-term growth and land needs in Northumberland County’s Official Plan. Our draft Growth Forecast and Urban Lands Needs Analysis Report is now available for review and feedback

Join In the conversation

For a copy of the full draft Growth Management report, please submit a request to our Land Use Planning team by email at campbelld@northumberland.ca.


Completed consultations

Natural Heritage System

The Natural Heritage System (NHS) was the first amendment planned for the Northumberland Next Official Plan update. The NHS report was finalized based on multiple rounds of public consultations that took place between 2018-2020, and was endorsed by County Council on July 22, 2020. Virtual consultations regarding the final amendment were held in spring 2021, and final recommendations will be presented to the Economic Development, Tourism and Land Use Planning Committee meeting on December 1, 2021.

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