Official Plan Review

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About the Official Plan Review Project

The Town of Grimsby is reviewing its Official Plan (OP). This plan will guide the growth and development for the Town of Grimsby from now to 2051, and is a key building block for how our community will be shaped over time.

Where We Are in the Process

Grimsby's Official Plan Review project is in the Policy Directions phase.

Figure 1: Revised Official Plan Timeline. Please note that these dates will be updated as the Official Plan process unfolds.

This phase will focus on getting your input on topics that will be included the Official Plan, such as housing, workplaces, neighbourhoods, transportation, the environment, and more.

Policy Direction reports about each of these topics are being rolled out. You can find these reports under the Documents widget on the right side of this webpage as they are released.

Stay tuned to letstalkgrimsby.ca/officialplan to read the other reports and learn about more opportunities to have your say!

Share Your Thoughts on Grimsby's Neighbourhoods!

As part of the Official Plan review we want to know more about how you view neighbourhoods in Grimsby. Use the link below to access the online mapping engagement activity.

Webmapping Link: https://engage.o2design.com/TownOfGrimsbyEngagementMap/app/

Details of the Official Plan Review Project

The OP sets out the Town’s vision for the future, directing responsible growth and development while building on the policy directions found in the Regional Official Plan, provincial plans, and Provincial Policy Statement. It is a legally binding (statutory) document that guides Council decisions related to land use, development, infrastructure, and services, and informs all other land use plans and regulations the Town may prepare.

Municipalities periodically review their OPs to ensure they remain in alignment with internal priorities and external considerations. The Town of Grimsby is preparing a new OP to replace our existing plan, which was approved in 2012. We are also developing a new Transportation Master Plan (TMP).

Grimsby is reviewing it’s Official Plan to:

  • Make sure that the Official Plan aligns with Council and Community priorities while conforming with provincial and regional plans and policies
  • Make the Official Plan easier to read and use for everyone
  • Plan for the way that Grimsby will grow and evolve over time

The TMP will be developed concurrently with the OP and will identify considerations and future directions related to transportation management and planning that the OP must incorporate.

Throughout this process, the people of Grimsby will have multiple opportunities to inform the OP’s content.

Be sure to check back for updates and other opportunities to have your voice heard!

About the Official Plan Review Project

The Town of Grimsby is reviewing its Official Plan (OP). This plan will guide the growth and development for the Town of Grimsby from now to 2051, and is a key building block for how our community will be shaped over time.

Where We Are in the Process

Grimsby's Official Plan Review project is in the Policy Directions phase.

Figure 1: Revised Official Plan Timeline. Please note that these dates will be updated as the Official Plan process unfolds.

This phase will focus on getting your input on topics that will be included the Official Plan, such as housing, workplaces, neighbourhoods, transportation, the environment, and more.

Policy Direction reports about each of these topics are being rolled out. You can find these reports under the Documents widget on the right side of this webpage as they are released.

Stay tuned to letstalkgrimsby.ca/officialplan to read the other reports and learn about more opportunities to have your say!

Share Your Thoughts on Grimsby's Neighbourhoods!

As part of the Official Plan review we want to know more about how you view neighbourhoods in Grimsby. Use the link below to access the online mapping engagement activity.

Webmapping Link: https://engage.o2design.com/TownOfGrimsbyEngagementMap/app/

Details of the Official Plan Review Project

The OP sets out the Town’s vision for the future, directing responsible growth and development while building on the policy directions found in the Regional Official Plan, provincial plans, and Provincial Policy Statement. It is a legally binding (statutory) document that guides Council decisions related to land use, development, infrastructure, and services, and informs all other land use plans and regulations the Town may prepare.

Municipalities periodically review their OPs to ensure they remain in alignment with internal priorities and external considerations. The Town of Grimsby is preparing a new OP to replace our existing plan, which was approved in 2012. We are also developing a new Transportation Master Plan (TMP).

Grimsby is reviewing it’s Official Plan to:

  • Make sure that the Official Plan aligns with Council and Community priorities while conforming with provincial and regional plans and policies
  • Make the Official Plan easier to read and use for everyone
  • Plan for the way that Grimsby will grow and evolve over time

The TMP will be developed concurrently with the OP and will identify considerations and future directions related to transportation management and planning that the OP must incorporate.

Throughout this process, the people of Grimsby will have multiple opportunities to inform the OP’s content.

Be sure to check back for updates and other opportunities to have your voice heard!

  • Greater Downtown Planning & Design Charrette: May 28th Update

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    The Greater Downtown Planning and Design Charrette kicked off with a Walk 'n' Talk Tour about the history and culture of Downtown Grimsby.

    Walk ‘n’ Talk Tour: History & Culture

    Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the first Walk ‘n’ Talk Tour! The tour was lead by Bianca Verrecchia (Intermediate Heritage Planner), Wayne Mullins (President of the Grimsby Historical Society), Sara Nixon (Chair of Heritage Grimsby Advisory Committee), Janet Oakes (Grimsby Museum Manager/ Curator) & Garrett France- Wyllie (Heritage Planner).

    A special thank you to the Grimsby Historical Society and Wayne Mullins for sharing photos from their collections for the purpose of this tour.

    Some key locations included in the tour can be seen in the historical images below.

    Figure 1 - The Village Inn (1907-1973) was a central gathering place for socializing and entertaining for several decades. It was located at the corner of Main Street West and Mountain Street.

    Figure 2 - Jonathan Woolverton’s House was built in 1839. This photo was taken in 1909 and showcases the Victorian additions from the 1880s. This building is still standing in Downtown Grimsby today.

    Figure 3 - Adelaide Street is located within one of Grimsby’s oldest neighbourhoods. As the area developed and industry flourished – including Merritt Bros. Basket Factory seen above - many of the single family homes were turned into multi family dwellings.

    The Walk ‘n’ Talk Tour: History and Culture pamphlet can be found in the Documents widget on letstalkgrimsby.ca/officialplan.

    The next Walk ‘n’ Talk Tour, focusing on the public realm & circulation in Downtown Grimsby is May 29th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. This tour will begin at the Coach House located at 13B Mountain Street.

    See you there!

  • Announcing the Greater Downtown Planning & Design Charrette

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    We want to hear your ideas about the future of Downtown Grimsby!

    Join us for the Greater Downtown Planning & Design Charrette.

    What is a Charrette?

    A charrette is an intensive, collaborative process held over several days that brings together experts and professionals from various disciplines to generate and advance solutions, ideas and concepts for a complex site, district or subject matter. These outcomes are informed, vetted, and steered through the engagement and input of stakeholders and the public at strategic points in the charrette process. The key benefits of utilizing the charrette process include arriving at comprehensive solutions to complex challenges in days rather than months or years, and the extraordinary broadly shared excitement and momentum generated.

    The Greater Downtown Planning & Design Charrette will include several public engagement events that can help shape the vision for Grimsby’s future Downtown and inform the policy direction for the Official Plan review. These events are free and do not require registration.

    • Walk’n’Talk Tour: History and Culture – May 28th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, beginning at the Coach House at 13B Mountain Street
    • Walk’n’Talk Tour: Public Realm & Circulation – May 29th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, beginning at the Coach House at 13B Mountain Street
    • Downtown Think Tank: Greater Downtown Interactive Exhibit & Experience – May 30th from 3:00pm to 8:00pm, 35 Main Street West

    Stay tuned to Let’s Talk Grimsby for more information!

  • Announcing the next Town Talk Speakers

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    Let’s talk about Sustainability and Climate Change at Elizabeth Street Pumphouse (447 Elizabeth Street) on May 7th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

    Town Talks aims to engage residents about key topics that will have an impact on the future of Grimsby and inform the Town’s Official Plan review. There will be an open question period for attendees to ask questions and share their views. Attending this series is free and does not require registration.

    Speakers for this event include:

    • Paul Mikoda, Ecologist at RV Anderson
    • Matt de Witt, Stormwater Designer and Transportation Engineer at RV Anderson
    • Suzanne Madder, Niagara Region Manager of Corporate Performance and Strategy
    • Cameron Parkin, O2 Planning and Design Data Analytics and Design Lead and University of Waterloo Architecture Adjunct Professor

    We hope to see you there!

  • Announcing another Town Talks Panel Discussion

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    Let’s keep the discussion going! An additional Town Talks Panel discussion has been planned in May.

    The next Town Talks panel discussion will feature speakers with different backgrounds discussing sustainability and climate change as it relates to the official plan. There will be an open question period for attendees to ask questions and share their views. Attending this series is free and does not require registration.

    Town Talks is a panel discussion series informing the Official Plan Review. These events aim to engage residents about key topics that will have an impact on the future of Grimsby.

    The next Town Talks panel discussion is:

    • Sustainability and Climate Change on May 7th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Elizabeth Street Pumphouse (447 Elizabeth St, Grimsby)

    We hope to see you there!

  • Envision Grimsby 2051: Phase 2 Policy Directions

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    The Policy Directions phase is just beginning.

    Figure 1: Revised Official Plan Timeline

    This phase will focus on getting your input on topics that will be included the Official Plan, such as housing, workplaces, neighbourhoods, transportation, the environment, and more.

    Policy Direction reports about each of these topics are being rolled out. Right now, reports on Housing & Affordability and Work & Workplaces are all available under the Documents widget on the right side of this webpage. Stay tuned to letstalkgrimsby.ca/officialplan to read the other reports as they are released!

    More opportunities to have your say are being planned. These include:

    • Town Talks panel discussion series
    • Pop-up events
    • Surveys and polls available on this webpage
  • Announcing the Town Talks Speakers

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    What does HOME look like in Grimsby? What’s the future of WORK? What makes a NEIGHBOURHOOD complete?

    Let’s talk about the future of Grimsby at Town Talks!

    Town Talks aims to engage residents about key topics that will have an impact on the future of Grimsby and contribute to the development of the Town’s Official Plan.

    There will be an open question period for attendees to ask questions and share their views. Attending this series is free and does not require registration.

    Housing and Affordability Panel Discussion

    Join us at Town Hall (160 Livingston Avenue) on January 24th at 6:00pm for the first Town Talks discussion panel about Housing and Affordability.

    Speakers for this event include:

    • Cameron Banach, Director of Housing Services /CEO of Niagara Regional Housing
    • Jeffrey Sinclair, Homelessness Action Plan Advisor at Niagara Region
    • Gabriel DeSantis, President of DeSantis Homes
    • John van Nostrand, Founding Principal of SvN Architects and Planners
    • Harold Madi, Grimsby’s Director of Planning and Building

    Work and Workplaces Panel Discussion

    Let’s talk about working in Grimsby at Southward Community Park Building (84 Mud Street West) on February 6th at 6:00pm.

    Speakers for this event include:

    • Michelle Seaborn, Regional Councillor
    • Rebecca Shelley, Executive Director of Grimsby & District Chamber of Commerce
    • Nick Ciccone, Training Director at Liuna Local 837 Training Centre
    • Frank Miele, Grimsby’s Economic Development Officer

    Neighbourhoods Panel Discussion

    The last panel discussion about Neighbourhoods will take place at the Peach King Centre Auditorium (162 Livingston Avenue) on February 8th at 6:00pm. This event will also include a mapping activity!

    Speakers for this event include:

    • Wayne Mullins, President of the Grimsby Historical Society
    • Mike Ripmeester, Professor, Geography and Tourism Studies at Brock University
    • Bianca Verrecchia, Grimsby’s Intermediate Heritage Planner
    • Sarah Sweeney, Grimsby’s Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture
    • Harold Madi, Grimsby’s Director of Planning and Building

    We hope to see you there!

  • Town Talks Panel Discussions

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    Let’s talk about the future of Grimsby at Town Talks.

    Town Talks is a panel discussion series featuring speakers with different professional backgrounds discussing Housing and Affordability, Work and Workplaces, and Neighbourhoods. There will be an open question period for attendees to ask questions and share their views. Attending this series is free and does not require registration.

    Town Talks aims to engage residents about key topics that will have an impact on the future of Grimsby. The panel series will be complimented by a discussion papers that will be made available on this website.

    Town Talks panel discussions include:

    • Housing and Affordability - January 24th at 6pm at Grimsby Town Hall (160 Livingston Avenue).
    • Work and Workplaces - February 6th at 6pm at Southward Community Park Building (84 Mud Street West).
    • Neighbourhoods - February 8th at 6pm at the Peach King Centre (162 Livingston Avenue). This event will also include a community mapping engagement activity.


    In addition to panel conversations about these three topics, there will be a series of policy direction papers that will ask questions and seek input from the community. The Policy Direction phase will gather input and recommendations that will inform the draft of Grimsby’s Official Plan. The series of policy direction reports includes many additional topics and will be accessible through this webpage when they are complete.

  • Announcing Town Talks Panel Discussions

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    The next phase of the Official Plan review will focus on specific topics including Housing and Affordability, Work and Workplaces, Neighbourhoods, and other subjects relevant to the Official Plan. This is called the Policy Direction phase.

    As part of this phase of our Official Plan review, a panel discussion series called Town Talks will take place in January and early February. Town Talks will include speakers from different professional backgrounds discussing housing, work and workplaces, and neighbourhoods. Residents are invited to attend these sessions, ask questions, and share their views. All dates and locations for this series will be available on LetsTalkGrimsby.ca/officialplan in the New Year.

    The Policy Direction phase aims to gather input and recommendations that will inform the first draft of Grimsby’s Official Plan.

    Policy direction reports and information about the Town Talks panel discussions will be available on this site in the New Year.

  • Envision Grimsby 2051: Visioning Phase Conclusion

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    The Visioning phase of Grimsby’s Official Plan Review is coming to a close.

    During this phase we asked residents to share their big ideas as well as what they treasured, what they used most, and what has been missing in their community. We received your comments through pop up events, online surveys (closed November 20th, 2023), the statutory Special Meeting of Council on October 24th, 2023, and our email address grimsbyop@grimsby.ca.

    Thank you for all your input!

    Figure 1 - Timeline of the Official Plan Review project

    A report detailing what we heard from you during the Visioning phase will be made available to the public when it is complete.

    Visit the Official Plan Update Spaces in the Library or Town Hall!

    You can now view updates regarding the Official Plan process in both Town Hall and the Public Library.

    Figure 2 - Official Plan Update Space in the Grimsby Public Library Fireplace Lounge

    Figure 3 - Photos of the Official Plan Update Space in Town Hall

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