Partnership for Prosperity 

On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, City of Brantford Mayor Chris Friel and County of Brant Mayor Ron Eddy announced that the “Boundary Restructuring Order” has been officially signed by The Honourable Bill Mauro, Minster of Municipal Affairs. The approved Restructuring Order formalizes the Boundary Agreement between both municipalities. Please click on the link below to access a full copy of the Restructuring Order:

City of Brantford, County of Brant 2016 Restructuring Order (PDF format 1.2MB)

Hard copies of the order are also available for public viewing during regular business hours in the City Clerk’s Department at Brantford City Hall, 100 Wellington Square, Brantford.

A New Beginning

It is with great excitement that both municipalities formally begin implementing strategies to achieve the following mutual objectives:

On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, City of Brantford Mayor Chris Friel and County of Brant Mayor Ron Eddy announced that the “Boundary Restructuring Order” has been officially signed by The Honourable Bill Mauro, Minster of Municipal Affairs. The approved Restructuring Order formalizes the Boundary Agreement between both municipalities.

It is with great excitement that both municipalities formally begin implementing strategies to achieve the following mutual objectives:

QUICK FACTS

  • Total Gross Area of 2,720 Hectares to be transferred to City jurisdiction
  • Total Residential Lands Gross Area of 1,980 Hectares
  • Total Employment Lands Gross Area of 740 Hectares

The following three areas are to be transferred to the City:

  • The first area is located north of the City between Powerline Road and Governors Road East and totals 1,966 hectares. The City anticipates that the lands in the vicinity of and west of Golf Road will be for employment (industrial) uses, while the lands to the east of Golf Road are to be developed for residential and other related uses including schools, parks and local commercial uses.
  • The second area is located east of Garden Avenue, north of Highway 403, and totals 174 hectares. This area is proposed to be developed for employment (industrial) use.
  • The third area, located on either side of Mount Pleasant Road, is known as Tutela Heights and totals 580 hectares. This area is proposed to be developed for residential use.

Background

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 was the result of a collaborative approach between staff from both municipalities and direction provided by both Councils. Throughout 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.

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.

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.

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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