Population & Employment Growth
Introduction: 2014 Simcoe County Land Budget Update
The County is expected to continue to experience population and employment growth over the next twenty years. Wise growth management practices will assist municipalities in balancing growth in a sustainable and coordinated manner. The County Official Plan, is in part the County's growth management strategy which is closely linked with its strategies for conservation, natural, and cultural resources, and economic development.
To support the County's growth management and conservation strategies, the County of Simcoe is working with its municipal and provincial partners to update the Simcoe County Land Budget. The Simcoe County Land Budget is a planning tool used to assist the County and its member municipalities to sustainably accommodate population and employment growth in the County until 2031. The County Land Budget has been in development since 2008, and has evolved to accommodate changes in relevant policy and adopt new data collection techniques.
The Land Budget is composed of three distinct phases that will be released separately. The first phase focuses on population growth and residential development. Phase1: Population Growth of the Land Budget is available below. The second phase will focus on employment growth and economic development. The third phase will harmonize phases 1 and 2. These last two phases will be released at a later date.
Data Collection & Analysis
Data used to for the County Land Budget has been sourced from, and in partnership with, the County's municipal partners. In brief the data is a compilation of planning applications and lands designated for growth. The data will be updated periodically as the planning applications proceed through the municipal approvals process, in accordance with the Planning Act. The updated application data will continually inform the land budget analysis. As such, precise up-to-date development data should be verified with the local municipality.
The Land Budget methodology will be reviewed periodically to incorporate updates that have occurred. A detailed explanation of the data collection process and the Land Budget analysis is provided in a document titled
Simcoe County Land Budget Data Collection and Analysis (Updated December 2015). This document should be read in conjunction with Municipal Land Budget calculations and relevant planning documents.
Together, the Final Land Budget information is intended to assist the County, local municipalities, provincial agencies, and stakeholders in the following:
- Accommodate growth forecasts provided in Schedule 7 of the
Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (Growth Plan);
- Identify growth committed to approved development;
- Track pending and unapproved applications for new development;
- Quantify available land supply;
- Encourage and monitor achievement of density and intensification targets, and;
- Analyze growth and development trends.
Simcoe Area Growth Plan May 2008
Expanded Land Budget February 2010
Phase 1 – Population Growth
New Land Budget table format updated December 2015
Additional Population: The 20,000 Population Program
Amendment 1 to the Growth Plan (2012) allocated population and employment figures to each of the sixteen local municipalities within the County of Simcoe up to 2031 and included policies allowing municipalities to exceed their population allocations up to a County-wide total of 20,000 persons.
As per Policy 188.8.131.52 of the Growth Plan, the County approved adopted local Official Plans or adopted Official Plan Amendments to redesignate Lands Not For Urban Uses to Lands For Urban Uses in excess of what is needed to meet the 2031 Provincial population allocation. The distribution of the additional 20,000 population expired on January 19, 2017. A total of 6,560 in population was allocated through the program. The allocated population will be deducted from the County's 2041 Provincial population allocation as per Amendment 2 to the Growth Plan.
The final Population Ledger summarizes the specific details and locations of the population requests.
Phase 2 – Employment Growth
The County is currently working to develop the Update Land Budget Phase 2 – Employment Growth.
Please check back regularly as updates to this process will be posted when available.
Phase 3 – Harmonized Land Budget
Once the results of Phase 2 are available they will be harmonized with the results of Phase 1.
The Harmonized Land Budget will be posted here when complete.