Reports, Plans and Studies

Learn more about Northumberland County's various projects, goals and strategies.

Please note all of our reports, plans and studies are available in alternative format upon request. Please submit your request using our online form or call 1-800-354-7050 ext. 2327.

Beginning January 1, 2021 all public sector websites and web content posted after January 1, 2012 must meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0 Level AA) as per the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).  While Northumberland County strives to make documents available online and in an accessible format, due to the large volume of Council documents created prior to January 2021 which require remediation to ensure compliance with provincial legislation, these documents, along with several large reports and studies, have been removed from our website and are now available upon request.  If you require Council agendas, minutes or by-laws from prior to 2021, or a document listed below that is not available for download, please complete our Document Request Form.

Accessibility

Accessibility reports and plans

Learn more about our accessibility policies, Accessibility Annual Status Report and Multi-Year Accessibility Plan.

Asset Management

Asset Management Policy

Asset management ensures that we maintain and properly look after our assets. This policy will support the County in focusing its infrastructure efforts on managing risks, addressing priorities, and meeting short and long-term needs within the bounds of available funding.

View our Asset Management Policy

Asset Management Plan

Municipalities across Ontario are facing challenges to fund their infrastructure at levels that ensure sustainability due to aging assets, increasing renewal needs and pressures from a changing climate and growing population.  

Northumberland County has prepared a comprehensive Asset Management Plan which details information about core infrastructure assets (roads, bridges, large culverts, retaining walls and storm sewers) and how to make the best possible investment decisions.  

The Asset Management Plan enables County staff to make informed decisions regarding the operation, maintenance, renewal, replacement and disposal of our critical infrastructure assets.

View our Asset Management Plan

Community and social services

Affordable Housing Strategy

Ensuring both the availability and the affordability of housing are important for fostering a strong and vibrant community. The focus of the Northumberland County Affordable Housing Strategy is to increase the supply of housing throughout Northumberland at various levels of affordability, in order to meet the needs of our residents.

This strategy recommends 44 actions to help address key local housing gaps. These actions include policy and process changes, as well as planning and financial incentives that the County and member municipalities can use to encourage the development of additional affordable rental and ownership units.

Community and Social Services Spotlight

Interested in learning about what our Community and Social Services department is doing? Check out the C&SS Spotlight to view recent performance data.

Housing and Homelessness plans and reports

Northumberland County's 10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan outlines a long-term vision and strategic plan for affordable housing and homeless related programs and services, and identifies objectives that reflect the unique issues and needs of our area.

View the Northumberland Housing and Homelessness Plan 2019-2029.  An accessible version of this document is available upon request.

Each year, we release an annual report highlighting community partnerships that provide housing and homelessness supports for Northumberland residents:

Economic development

Economic Development Master Plan

An Integrated Economic Development Master Plan bolsters the local economy and ensures the community's continued vibrancy. In creating an Integrated Economic Development Master Plan for Northumberland, the Economic Development department conducted face-to-face consultations and sought input from over 100 key community stakeholders. The mandate in creating this draft plan was to provide an ongoing framework for development – to insure that the qualities that make the County unique remain a critical component of future work.

View our Economic Development Master Plan.

Emergency management

Emergency Management Plan

View our Emergency Management Plan.

Energy consumption and emissions

Energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions reports

Finance

Annual reports

Learn more about our services, accomplishments and financial health in our financial annual reports.

Forest

Forest Management Plan 2021-2041

Northumberland County has developed a Northumberland County Forest Mangement Plan to guide the sustainable management of the County Forest over the next twenty years.

This high-level plan identifies strategies and long-term goals to strengthen recreation opportunities in the Forest, while ensuring strong natural and cultural heritage conservation practices designed to preserve this community asset for future generations. 

The plan incorporates feedback gathered over four years of public consultations with residents, forest user groups, First Nations communities, local municipal councils, advisory committees and stakeholders, which took place from 2018 to 2021. 

View the Forest Management Plan

Golden Plough Lodge (long term care)

Golden Plough Lodge reports and plans

Golden Plough Lodge (GPL) is our long-term care home. Learn more about the GPL's services and values:

Northumberland County Archives and Museum

NCAM Strategic Plan

Learn more about Northumberland County Archives and Museum.

NCAM Strategic Plan 2020-2023

Official Plan

Official Plan

Learn more about our Official Plan.

Roads and engineering

Cycling Master Plan

The Cycling Master Plan (CMP) was created as a guide to enable the planning, financing and implementation of a countywide cycling network.

The CMP includes several cycling routes, and various road improvements and upgrades that comprise a 20-year planning horizon. Furthermore, the CMP includes the implementation of signage and infrastructure improvements as well as awareness programs that promote education and safety procedures to cyclists and motorists.

County Council finalized and endorsed the CMP in 2012 with the involvement and support of an avid group of cyclists and the County's member municipalities.

View our Cycling Master Plan.

Environmental Assessments

County Road 2 EA

Northumberland County initiated a Class Environmental Assessment for improvements to County Road 2 (from Hamilton Road in Port Hope to William Street in Cobourg) to address operational deficiencies and the need for additional east-west transportation capacity in the area. The study is an opportunity to study and consider alternative traffic improvement strategies that:

  • Improve accessibility
  • Promote sustainability
  • Respect culture
  • Create a complete street

To receive a digital copy of the County Road 2 EA Report and appendices, please submit a request using our Document Request form.

Master Drainage Plan

Map of Master Drainage Plan Study Area

Northumberland County has initiated a Master Plan to identify a drainage plan for the overall study area. The County completed a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for County Road 2, from Burnham/William Street in Cobourg to Hamilton Road in the Municipality of Port Hope, that was approved by the MOECC in 2016. The EA recommended that a Master Drainage Plan (MDP) be developed for the study area.

The intent of the MDP is to:

  • Confirm existing and proposed drainage patterns as well as future development plans in the study area
  • Address existing flooding issues at the Unnamed Watercourse 07 East
  • Develop future development targets for stormwater in the study area to assist developers, the County, Town of Cobourg and Hamilton Township with development review and approval

This study is being conducted in accordance with the requirements for Master Plans of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015).

Learn more about this project

Reconstruction of Thompson Bridge

The County of Northumberland is undertaking a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment for the Reconstruction of the Thompson Bridge, located on Skinkle Road, approximately 1.55km north of County Road 29 in the Municipality of Trent Hills. As part of the Environmental Assessment process, options for the bridge reconstruction will be reviewed to determine the preferred solution.

Learn more about this project

Reconstruction of Thompson Bridge - Notice of Public Consultation Centre

Rehabilitation of Dartford Bridge

Northumberland County has retained HP Engineering Inc. to complete a Schedule ‘B’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for the rehabilitation of the Dartford Bridge, located approximately 1.65 km west of County Road 25 on County Road 24 in Dartford, Municipality of Trent Hills. The study will include a review of structure rehabilitation alternatives and associated potential impacts on the study area environment.

Following completion of the Environmental Assessment, the County will move forward with detailed design and securing of approvals. Construction is envisioned to be completed within the next five years as part of the County’s construction program, pending budget approval.

Learn more about this project

Rehabilitation of Dartford Bridge - Notice of Study Commencement

Trent River Crossing EA

On June 18, 2014, Northumberland County Council endorsed the recommendation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) study to:

  1. Build a new bridge across the Trent River in Campbellford between Second Street and Alma Street
  2. Plan to replace the existing Bridge Street bridge at the end of its structural lifespan in about 30 years.

View the Trent River Crossing ESR Report.

Learn more about this project

Intersection improvements on County Road 18 at Telephone Road and Danforth Road West

The County of Northumberland Transportation Master Plan completed in 2017 reviewed collision rates at the intersections along County roads and identified the intersections with the Top 10 highest collision rates and provided recommendations for future improvements.

County Road 18 at Telephone Road and County Road 18 at Danforth Road West were both included on the Top 10 list in the Transportation Master Plan with recommendations to provide dedicated turning lanes. The County has further reviewed the portion of County Road 18 that includes these two intersections and developed a plan to implement the turning lane recommendations along with other improvements to address sightlines at Telephone Road and the skew angle at Danforth Road.

Proposed improvements

The proposed improvements will include:

County Road 18 (Burnham Street North) and Telephone Road Intersection Improvements
  • Widening of the road to accommodate a proposed northbound left turn lane to address existing conflicts between left-turning and through traffic on county Road 18 at Telephone road.
  • Lowering of the road profile, up to 1.0 metres, to flatten the existing crest curve through the intersection and improve sightlines for vehicles turning on to county Road 18 from Telephone Road.
  • Removal of a concrete box culvert historically used as a livestock underpass.
  • Installation of proposed concrete curb & gutter and a storm sewer system to minimize impacts to existing utilities, vegetation, private property, and overall grading impacts.
  • Regrading of the existing roadside ditching to improve stormwater drainage with the road right-of-way.

View a map of the County Road 18 and Telephone Road intersection improvements

County Road 18 (Burnham Street North) and Danforth Road Intersection Improvements
  • Widening of the road to accommodate a proposed northbound right turn lane to address existing conflicts between right-turning traffic and through traffic on County Road 18 at Danforth Road.
  • Placement of fill material and subsequent culvert extension to improve the roadside sloping within the northeast quadrant of the intersection.
  • Potential Hydro utility pole relocation to accommodate road widening.

View a map of the County Road 18 and Danforth Road intersection improvements

The construction work is anticipated to start in Spring/Summer 2022.

For more information, please contact:

Brunilda Tena, P.Eng.
Project Engineer
Public Works Department
Phone: 905-372-3329 ext. 2355
Email Brunilda

Dan Campbell
Senior Project Manager / Municipal Engineering, Infrastructure
CIMA+
Phone: 905-697-4464 ext. 6906
dan.campbell@cima.ca

GO Expansion Business Case & Economic Impact Study

In 2015, the County engaged in discussions with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and Metrolinx to advance the case for expanding GO Transit service coverage to Northumberland County, specifically to Port Hope and Cobourg. In 2017, the County completed its first Transportation Master Plan (TMP), which recommended completing a business case study for the extension of GO transit services into the County and continuing discussions with Metrolinx to improve regional transit connectivity.

To align with the TMP recommendations, in May 2019, the County retained AECOM to develop a business case and implementation strategy for the extension of GO Transit service beyond Bowmanville through to Northumberland County and assess the economic challenges and benefits to the County, member municipalities, and the Region as a whole.

View the GO Expansion Business Case and Economic Impact Study

Salt Management Plan

View the 2021 Northumberland County Salt Management Plan.

Transportation Master Plan

In 2014, we embarked on the development of a Transportation Master Plan (TMP), which will be a guide to County Council and staff in determining how to improve our transportation services. Following an extensive consultation and development process, County Council adopted the TMP in March of 2017. The TMP provides a long-range planning document that will assist decision makers in establishing and prioritizing the needs of the County's transportation infrastructure.

View our Transportation Master Plan.

Service Delivery Review

Service Delivery Review

To receive a digital copy of the Northumberland County Service Delivery Review Report prepared by Strategy Corp, please submit a request using our Document Request form.

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

View the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan to learn more about our mission, vision, values and key priorities.

Waste

Long-Term Waste Management Master Plan

The Long-Term Waste Management Master Plan guides our programs and services to achieve our long-term goal of keeping 75% of residential waste out of the landfill.