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On January 6, 2016 City of Brantford Mayor Chris Friel and County of Brant Mayor Ron Eddy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that established the basis of a formal municipal boundary agreement between both municipalities. The MOU is the result of a collaborative approach between staff from both municipalities and direction provided by both Councils. In January 2016, the City of Brantford and the County of Brant held consultation events in both communities to provide information and to seek feedback from the public regarding the updated boundary adjustment.

The County of Brant and the City of Brantford are committed to ensuring the public has an opportunity to provide their input on the current UPDATED boundary agreement. Prior to considering adopting the updated municipal boundary adjustment, Councils for the City of Brantford and the County of Brant are required under the Municipal Act to hold a Public Meeting. A Joint Public Meeting of the City of Brantford and the County of Brant Councils has been scheduled to present the updated municipal boundary restructuring agreement and to hear from interested persons with respect to the updated boundary changes.

A Joint Meeting Public Meeting will be held on:

Date: Monday June 27th, 2016
Location: Brantford Civic Centre Auditorium, 79 Market St S, Brantford, ON N3S 2E4
Time: Joint Open House - 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. - Joint Public Meeting - 6:00 P.M.

Lands subject to the updated municipal boundary adjustment shown on the map below.

Proposed Municipal Boundary Adjustment

June 27th Joint Public Meeting Documentation

Draft Amended Boundary Adjustment Agreement PDF Format
Joint Public Meeting – June 27, 2016 Presentation PDF Format

Background

In mid-2015, the respective Councils for both the City of Brantford and the County of Brant directed staff to meet to develop a boundary adjustment proposal for consideration. During the past six months, staff from both municipalities met on numerous occasions to negotiate a boundary adjustment proposal. Direction and input was received by both Councils throughout the negotiation process.

The outcome of these negotiations is the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by City of Brantford Mayor Chris Friel and County of Brant Mayor Ron Eddy on January 6, 2016. The MOU and subsequent Restructuring Proposal to be submitted to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs for consideration are consistent with the City’s Community Strategic Plan goals of “Economic Vitality and Innovation” and “Managed Growth and Environmental Leadership.” The additional lands that will come under the jurisdiction of the City as a result of the restructuring will enable the City to achieve the provincial growth targets as defined by the Planning Act and the Places to Grow Act, 2005. The province’s growth plan targets for Brantford include 163,000 people and 79,000 jobs by 2041 as well as a minimum 40% increase in residential development annually beginning in 2016.

Summary of Memorandum of Understanding

On Wednesday January 6, 2016 City of Brantford Mayor Chris Friel and County of Brant Mayor Ron Eddy signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that establishes the basis of a formal boundary agreement between both municipalities. The MOU is the result of a collaborative approach between staff from both municipalities and direction provided by both Councils over the last several months.

The MOU defines the City and County’s mutual objectives as follows:

  • To assure shared prosperity by growing together as sustainable and independent municipalities
  • To strategically plan to accommodate the future growth projected by both municipalities
  • To achieve orderly and environmentally sustainable development, consistent with Provincial legislation as defined by the Planning Act and the Places to Grow Act, 2005
  • To negotiate a comprehensive “Future Agreement” that will define the parameters of the transfer of jurisdiction
  • To provide ample opportunity for the public to provide their input during the formal agreement development process
  • To ensure that nothing in the MOU or Future Agreement shall be construed to take away from Aboriginal, treaty, constitutional, or other rights of the Six Nations of the Grand River and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation or their members.

Public Consultations

The City of Brantford and the County of Brant jointly offered a series of public consultation opportunities to solicit public feedback throughout January 2016. Four Open Houses and two evening Public Meetings were held at two locations on separate dates and times as follows:

Thursday, January 14, 2016
Lion’s Park Arena - Auditorium, 20 Edge Street, Brantford
Open House at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Open House at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Public Meeting at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Grand Valley Christian Centre, 379 Golf Road, Brantford
Open House at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Open House at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Public Meeting at 6:00 p.m.

Approximately 600 people attended the series of public consultation opportunities offered. Members of the community wishing to provide their input were also encouraged to send letters to the Clerk’s office of either municipality or email their feedback to dedicated email addresses at boundaries@brantford.ca and boundaries@brant.ca. Over 100 emails were received.

Revisions to Memorandum of Understanding

In response to the feedback received during a series of public consultations held in both the City and County throughout January, the City of Brantford accepts the proposed modifications to the Boundary Adjustment Agreement, as reflected in the revised Appendix “1” Map of the Memorandum of Understanding approved by the County of Brant Council last Tuesday January 26th. Following the County’s direction, Brantford City Council considered and unanimously approved the following recommended revisions during a Special City Council meeting held Tuesday February 2nd.

  1. The lands in Tutela Heights, south of the current Secondary Urban Settlement Area Boundary, would be included in the residential Trigger and would be subject to the trigger mechanism outlined in the MOU. 
  2. Lands on the west side in the area of Powerline Road/Paris Road would be added to the employment lands. These lands were part of the previous signed Letter of Intent in 2013.
  3. Lands on the east side of Garden Avenue, west of the rail line would be added to the Residential lands. These lands were part of the previous signed Letter of Intent in 2013.
  4. The boundary between the Employment lands and residential lands north of Powerline Road to be shifted slightly west to align with property lines rather than splitting properties.
  5. Phelps Road is to be included as a boundary road that will be included within the City’s jurisdiction and maintenance for that portion located adjacent to the transfer lands. 

2017 Boundary Adjustment

City of Brantford 2017 Boundary Adjustment

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Citizens’ Fact Sheet

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