Port Stanley Harbour Secondary Plan

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A steering committee comprised of staff, council, and community members is working with Dillon Consulting to develop a secondary plan for the Port Stanley Harbour.

The Municipality of Central Elgin (Municipality), supported by Dillon Consulting (Dillon), is developing a Secondary Plan to lay out the long term vision and plan for the repurposing of the Port Stanley Harbour lands and their planned integration with the adjacent waterfront areas in Port Stanley. The Port Stanley Harbour Area Secondary Plan (Harbour Plan) will build on previous work to identify land use designations and policies that will guide detailed planning and recommend the location of specific land uses, such as parks, recreation, retail and tourist commercial, housing (both primary and second/vacation homes) and infrastructure investment. The Harbour Plan will be the statutory plan needed to take the harbour lands from vision to action. Public consultation will be a significant component of the Secondary Plan to obtain input from adjacent landowners and area residents.

The Study Area includes the Port Stanley Harbour, the Adjacent Harbour Lands, the Main Street/Bridge Street Adjacent Lands, and the Maud Street/Bessie Street Area,

The overall study area is approximately 85 hectares:

Approximately 15 hectares of the study area consists of the former Transport Canada Harbour owned by the Municipality, which is largely vacant and designated Port Stanley Harbour in the Official Plan.

The Adjacent Harbour Lands designation located at the south end of the west harbour are approximately 1.97 hectares in area and are currently occupied by McAsphalt Industries Limited.

The Maud Street/Bessie Street Special Policy Area is a 2.92 hectare enclave of predominantly residential use, with many older cottages on small lots.

The Main Street/Bridge Street Adjacent Lands Special Policy Area is a 1.48 hectare area of predominantly commercial development that comprises the main commercial core of the former village.

The balance of the Study Area consists of adjacent developed lands, an unevaluated wooded hillside, Kettle Creek, and Lake Erie.

The Municipality of Central Elgin (Municipality), supported by Dillon Consulting (Dillon), is developing a Secondary Plan to lay out the long term vision and plan for the repurposing of the Port Stanley Harbour lands and their planned integration with the adjacent waterfront areas in Port Stanley. The Port Stanley Harbour Area Secondary Plan (Harbour Plan) will build on previous work to identify land use designations and policies that will guide detailed planning and recommend the location of specific land uses, such as parks, recreation, retail and tourist commercial, housing (both primary and second/vacation homes) and infrastructure investment. The Harbour Plan will be the statutory plan needed to take the harbour lands from vision to action. Public consultation will be a significant component of the Secondary Plan to obtain input from adjacent landowners and area residents.

The Study Area includes the Port Stanley Harbour, the Adjacent Harbour Lands, the Main Street/Bridge Street Adjacent Lands, and the Maud Street/Bessie Street Area,

The overall study area is approximately 85 hectares:

Approximately 15 hectares of the study area consists of the former Transport Canada Harbour owned by the Municipality, which is largely vacant and designated Port Stanley Harbour in the Official Plan.

The Adjacent Harbour Lands designation located at the south end of the west harbour are approximately 1.97 hectares in area and are currently occupied by McAsphalt Industries Limited.

The Maud Street/Bessie Street Special Policy Area is a 2.92 hectare enclave of predominantly residential use, with many older cottages on small lots.

The Main Street/Bridge Street Adjacent Lands Special Policy Area is a 1.48 hectare area of predominantly commercial development that comprises the main commercial core of the former village.

The balance of the Study Area consists of adjacent developed lands, an unevaluated wooded hillside, Kettle Creek, and Lake Erie.

  • Notice of Adoption Concerning Proposed Official Plan Amendment

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    We've added to the projects documentation the latest "Notice of Adoption Concerning Proposed Official Plan Amendment, Port Stanley Harbour Secondary Plan Area"


  • Tonight's Public Hearing Starts at 6:20pm via Zoom

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    Tonight's Public Hearing will start at 6:20 pm via Zoom. Below are instructions to join in on the meeting:

    THIS IS A PUBLIC MEETING USING ZOOM WEBINAR SOFTWARE

    To join the meeting through your computer, tablet or smartphone go to:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85719709818?pwd=VlNZVlRBZmJlV3kxMHE3RlFvcTUxUT09

    If you prefer to phone in and listen live, Dial + 1 647 374 4685 (long distance charges may apply) When prompted, enter the meeting ID:

    857 1970 9818


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  • Public Meeting Scheduled for October 25,2021 - Concerning Proposed Official Plan Amendment

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    Please note that two documents have been added to this page regarding the Public Meeting on Monday, October 25, 2021 pertaining to the Official Plan Amendment site specific to the Dominion of Canada building:

    1. A Notice of an Application and Public Meeting - pertaining to the Official Plan Amendment site specific to the Dominion of Canada building

    2. The Report to Council regarding the minor revisions

  • Public Meeting Scheduled For August 10, 2021

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    MUNICIPALITY OF CENTRAL ELGIN NOTICE OF AN APPLICATION AND PUBLIC MEETING CONCERNING PROPOSED OFFICIAL PLAN AMENDMENT

    Port Stanley Harbour Secondary Plan Area

    TAKE NOTICE THAT:

    a) Pursuant to Subsection 22(6.4)(a) of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended, an application has been made by the Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin for approval of a proposed Official Plan Amendment. Access to the information and material provided under subsections 22(4) and 22(5) in support of the application is available for public access, and

    b) a Public Meeting, pursuant to Subsection 22(1)(b) of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended, as amended, will be held by the Council of the Municipality of Central Elgin on the 10th day of August, 2021 at 6:30 P.M. to consider a proposed Official Plan amendment to the Municipality of Central Elgin Official Plan. The purpose of the Public Meeting is to afford any person that attends, an opportunity to make representation with respect to the Official Plan proposal. The meeting will be conducted by Zoom Webinar and detailed information for this meeting can be found at https://www.letstalkcentralelgin.ca/port-stanley-harbour-plans

    The Port Stanley Harbour Secondary Plan area is in part based on Schedule G3 – Greater Harbour Area of the Municipality of Central Elgin Official Plan with some additional adjacent areas included in the study area. The focus of the Harbour Secondary Plan is the vacant East and West Harbour lands, which have the potential for redevelopment; neighbouring areas were included in the planning area to recognize the local planning context and address land use compatibility with those neighbouring lands. The limits of the general study area and its components are illustrated in the Key Map below.

    The purpose of this Secondary Plan is to provide a long-term vision and plan for repurposing the Port Stanley Harbour lands and their integration with the adjacent village downtown, beachfront and residential areas. The plan provides recommended long-range policy direction for, Land use; Protection from natural hazards and the effects of climate change; Transportation needs including active transportation, and road infrastructure; Infrastructure needs such as sanitary, water and stormwater management; Urban design including public realm improvements; and Phasing, incentives, and implementation. The recommended planning policies in this secondary plan are intended to be formally incorporated into the Central Elgin Official Plan through an Official Plan Amendment.

    ANY PERSON OR PUBLIC BODY may attend the Public Meeting and/or make written or verbal representation either in support of, or in opposition to the proposed Official Plan Amendment.

    If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of the Council of the Municipality of Central Elgin to the Ontario Land Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Municipality of Central Elgin before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.

    If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, or make written submissions to the Municipality of Central Elgin before the by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Land Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

    If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Council of the Municipality of Central Elgin on the proposed zoning by-law amendment, you must make a written request to the undersigned.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION relating to the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment is available for inspection daily, Monday to Friday, 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Municipal Offices and at the Central Elgin Planning Office, 9 Mondamin Street, St. Thomas.

    Key Map: (Below)

    DATED at the Municipality of Central Elgin, this 30th day of June, 2021.

    Dianne Wilson, Deputy Clerk

    Municipality of Central Elgin

    450 Sunset Drive, 1st Floor

    St. Thomas, Ontario

    N5R 5V1

    (519) 631-4860, Ext. 286


  • Harbour Secondary Plan 2 Reports Added To Documents!

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    We'd added two new reports to the Harbour Secondary Plans documentation library.

  • January 2020 Public Open House Comments Added to Documents

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    Please see the Documents file listing to the right on this page, to access the public comments from the January 2020 Public Open House.

  • January 2020 Presentation

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    Dillion and Watson presented the latest concept for the: Port Stanley Secondary Harbour Plan: January 2020 Concept & Fiscal Impact taking into account the residents and Committees latest requests.

  • November 14, 2019 Presentation

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    Dillion presented the revised: Port Stanley Harbour Plan: Revised Seconary Plan Concept & Fiscal Impact Review taking into account the Committees latest requests.

  • July 24, 2019 Presentation

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    On July 24, 2017, over 200 people attended a public workshop about the harbour. The information presented included an overview of the process, and draft plans for land use, transportation improvements, public realms, maxium heights. You can also view the panels that were set up, and the comments left on each draft:

    A summary of all comments received for the duration of the project is also available.

    Draft versions of a Port Stanley Harbour Archaeological Review and Natural Heritage Review are also available.

    Dillon also provided Council with an update on April 18, 2017.


  • April 8, 2019 Presentation

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    Dillon presented a Harbour update to Council, as well as a fiscal impact summary.

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