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Ridgeway / Thunder Bay Secondary Plan Approved!

At its November 21st 2013 Meeting, Regional Council made the decision to approve Amendment No. 15 to the Town of Fort Erie Official Plan. Subsequently, an appeal period was initiated with the Region’s Notice of November 29th, 2013, which has now expired. Last day for appeals was December 19th, 2013.

As a result, no appeals were received and the Amendment is now in effect.

Copies of the Amendment, Region’s Notice and Final Approval can be viewed by clicking on the links provided.

Regional Notice

Final Approval

OPA 15 – Ridgeway / Thunder Bay Secondary Plan


On November 12th, 2013, Regional Public Works Committee dealt with a Development Services Report Recommending approval of the Town's Ridgeway-Thunder Bay Secondary Plan (Town OPA 15). The recommendation to approve without modification was carried. Regional Council will receive the PWC Minutes on November 21st, 2013 for consideration on approval. Town staff await Notice of Regional Council Decision.

Town Council Adopts Secondary Plan


On September 9th, 2013, Council of the Town of For Erie passed By-law 84-2013 adopting Official Plan Amendment 15, more commonly known and referred to as the Ridgeway-Thunder Bay Secondary Plan.
Please click on the link below for the full “Notice of Adoption”.

The Town has now forwarded the amendment and prescribed materials to the Region of Niagara for it consideration on final approval. Regional Council are the “approval authority” for local municipal Secondary Plans. The link below will provide information concerning the regional contact should you wish to be advised of Regional Council’s decision on the amendment.


Notice of Adoption click here

Recommendation Report 78-2013 receives endorsement of Council-In-Committee


On Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013, The Ridgeway-Thunder Bay Secondary Plan was considered by Planning Committee and received endorsement for adoption. Below you will find Recommendation Report 78-2013 together with its Appendices that includes the marked up final draft of OPA 15.


A By-law will be prepared for Council adoption on September 9th, 2013.

There is still time to submit written comments to the Planning Department on the Ridgeway-Thunder Bay Secondary Plan

On Monday July 8th, 2013, a Statutory Public Meeting was held at the Town of Fort Erie's regularly scheduled Council-In-Committee Meeting. Comments received at this meeting will be considered by Planning staff prior to preparing their final Recommendation Report.

If you did not attend this meeting and wish to provide written comments to Town staff, you are asked to do so no later than August 14th, 2013. Staff will be finalizing a Recommendation Report to be delivered to Council-in-Committee in September 2013.

A copy of the presentation given at the Public Meeting is linked below. Links to the Information Report (CDS-59-13) are provided in the section below this update section.

July 8th, 2013 Public Meeting Presentation

Written comments can be sent to the attention of :
Chris Millar, Neighbourhood Planner
Community and Development Services Department
1 Municipal Centre Drive
Fort Erie, Ontario L2A 2S6
905-871-1600 ext. 2503


A Statutory Public Meeting will be conducted on July 8th, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Town Hall. The meeting is for the public to speak to Council about the proposed Secondary Plan for the Ridgeway-Thunder Bay neighbourhood. The Secondary Plan will provide for the long range development direction of the neighbourhood in its policies and as shown on the accompanying land use schedules.

You do not need to register in advance to speak at this meeting. Town staff will use the public commenting in consideration of a final draft to be prepared along with a recommendation report at a future meeting date. Council has not made any decision on this amendment.

Below you will find links to the Information Report and its attachments. Please note some of the attachments are larger files and may take a few moments to download.

Information Report CDS-59-13
Attachment “1” – Key Map of Ridgeway-Thunder Bay Secondary Plan Area
Attachment “2” – List of Recent Consultations
Attachment “3” – Charted Commenting Submissions
Attachment “4” – Public Meeting Notice Circulation and Posting Information
Attachment “5” - Supplemental Secondary Plan Component Discussion and Information
Attachment “6” - Draft Ridgeway-Thunder Bay Secondary Plan (Draft OPA 15)


The Town of Fort Erie have begun the formal processing of draft Official Plan Amendment No. 15 (draft OPA 15) more commonly known and referred to as the Ridgeway-Thunder Bay Secondary Plan

A Statutory Public Meeting has been scheduled for July 8th, 2013, 6:00pm, in the Council Chambers at Town Hall.

A copy of the Public Meeting Notice can be viewed by clicking here.

A copy of the draft Secondary Plan document and Schedules can be reviewed and download by clicking on the links listed below. (Please note some files are large and may take a few moments to download)

Draft Text - Ridgeway-Thunder Bay Secondary Plan (OPA15)
Schedule 1 – Draft Built Boundary (Places to Grow)
Schedule 2 – Draft Land Use Plan
Schedule 3 – Draft Open Space & Natural Heritage Plan
Schedule 3a - Draft Open Space, Natural Hazards & Fish Habitat Plan
Schedule 4 – Draft Transportation Systems Plan

Ridgeway/Thunder Bay Neighbourhood / Secondary Plan

Informal commenting is coming to a close and Planning staff are seeking to undertake formal processing of the Ridgeway-Thunder Bay Secondary Plan (Draft OPA 15).

A report has been prepared for Council's consideration on staff's request to initiate the formal process and schedule a Statutory Public Meeting. The report is included in the consent agenda for this coming June 10th, 2013 Council-in-Committee meeting. A copy of the report can be acquired by clicking on the link below.

CDS-55-13 RTB-Public Meeting Authorization Report



Thanks to those who attended the 2nd informal Public Information Meeting conducted February 26th, 2013 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Ridgeway. The meeting was attended by approximately 20 persons and provided for review of display materials and a presentation, followed by a question and answer period. The materials that were displayed can be found using the links provided below.

We are currently accepting comments from the public and agencies regarding the Draft Secondary Plan document and ask for timely response to enable us to move forward. Staff anticipates a late Spring / early Summer 2013 formal process leading to the Statutory Public Meeting and Council’s consideration on the Draft Secondary Plan.


PIM No.2 Meeting Information Primer
PIM No.2 Information Boards
PIM No.2 Presentation
PIM No.2 Comment Sheet
PIM No.2 Aerial

A copy of the current Draft Secondary Plan and accompanying Schedules (the large maps that were on display) are found below this current section. Scroll down to access the Draft Secondary Plan links below this Public Information Meeting Section.




The links provided below will enable you to download and review the Draft Secondary Plan document and map Schedules. This draft document will be discussed at the upcoming Public Information Meeting (No.2) to be held on February 26th, 2013 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Ridgeway. You can find details about the Public Information Meeting using the link below this section.

This document is currently being circulated to internal departments and outside agencies for their comments and input. Following input from the Public Information Meeting and receipt of informal comments from the circulations, Town Planning staff will further review and refine, if necessary, the document and schedules prior to issuing a final draft document.

The Schedules are large (physically) so it is best viewed as a PDF on your computer, zooming in and out and panning around if you wish to inspect the various map details. If you are having any difficulty interpreting the schedules, please note that full size versions can be viewed at Town Hall, upstairs at the Community and Development Service counter at any time during regular business hours.

Town staff value the input from all residents and stakeholders during the Secondary Plan development, so please feel free to write in, e-mail or call Planning staff using the contact information below.

DRAFT – Secondary Plan Text Document (click here)

DRAFT Schedule _RTB-1 - Area of Amendment and Growth Plan Designation
DRAFT Schedule _RTB-2 - Land Use Plan
DRAFT Schedule _RTB-3 - Open Space/Natural Heritage Plan
DRAFT Schedule _RTB-4 - Transportation Systems Plan


Please see the notice following the link provided below.

Click here for Notice of Public Information Meeting No.2

For more information please feel free to contact Chris Millar, MCIP, RPP at 905-871-1600 ext. 2503 or by e-mail at

Ridgeway/Thunder Bay Secondary Plan Public Information Meeting No.1 – Display and Presentation Materials

We thank those who attended the 1st Public Information Meeting conducted on July 31st , 2012 and express our appreciation to those have taken the time to share your comments with staff who were present at the meeting and those who have made comment submissions.

The information that was displayed and presented at the July 31st meeting is being made available as PDF documents for download using the links below.

Staff will now be assessing the comments received internally and also consulting with outside agencies for their input. Please visit this webpage periodically to check on any new postings or information as we go forward. We anticipate a 2nd Public Information Meeting closer to the New Year. Draft Secondary Plan materials will be prepared in advance of the meeting and will be available for download on this web page.

Thanks again for your submissions!

Click here to view the Presentation Materials
Click here for the Comment Sheet

PUBLIC INFORMATION OPEN HOUSE - July 31st, 2012 at 6:30 pm
Staff will be conducting a Public Information Open House to be held at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church located at 245 Prospect Point Road North in Ridgeway Ontario (as illustrated on the location sketch below) on Tuesday July 31st, 2012 at 6:30 pm, to engage the public and receive input on the Secondary Plan process being undertaken for the Ridgeway Thunder Bay Plan Area.

Please see the Notice of the meeting for details by clicking on the link below.

Click here to view the Notice

The intent of the Information Meeting will be to describe the process being undertaken and to seek comments and input from the public on whether they believe the Neighbourhood Plan has been effective in guiding the development within the community since 2009, and whether or not they would like to see changes made to the plan prior to a Secondary Plan being completed for Council’s future consideration for adoption.

In addition to the Secondary Plan being undertaken, Staff will be exploring the creation of a Community Improvement Program (CIP) for the downtown Ridgeway Core Area. Discussion on this undertaking will also form be part of the meeting on July 31st.

Following this scheduled Public Information Meeting, any subsequent meeting dates and document releases will be posted on this webpage. Please bookmark and visit the site to check for any updates.

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church - 245 Prospect Point Road N.


Two major components of the Ridgeway/Thunder Bay Neighbourhood Plan are set to become reality as construction began on April 6, 2010 of the Ridge Road Streetscape and Civic Square Project. In conjunction with the much-needed replacement of underground services along Ridge Road in the downtown area, the "above-ground" public areas will be transformed with a new streetscape design reflecting a "Victorian Village" theme. New trees, sidewalks, benches, bike racks and signage will be installed over the next few months. As well, the project includes the development of a Village Square at the intersection of Ridge Road and the Friendship Trail. This square will provide downtown shoppers and area residents with a community gathering space including an events plaza, a pavilion, a lighted water feature, seating areas, and decorative streetscape elements that tie into the Ridge Road improvements. All work is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.


On June 15, 2009, Town of Fort Erie Council approved the Ridgeway/Thunder Bay Neighbourhood Plan. Over the planning approval period, three Public Open Houses were held to introduce the Neighbourhood Plan process to the community, and to provide information on the existing conditions of the Neighbourhood (i.e. existing land use, natural features, etc) and discuss proposed future land use issues.

Council appointed a Community Focus Group to represent the interests of the community in the development of this long-term Land Use Plan and strategic improvement initiatives for the Neighbourhood. This Plan will guide future development decisions and infrastructure improvements for the next 20 years. Neighbourhood Plans, once approved, are then incorporated into the Town Official Plan as Secondary Plan Amendments. Plans are reviewed every 5 years to determine whether updates/changes are required based on more current information and observations.

A copy of the final Neighbourhood Plan is available to download HERE

If you have any questions on the document, please contact Chris Millar, Neighbourhood Planner at (905) 871-1600 ext. 2503.


Available Maps and Documents


Watch this section for available downloads, usually in PDF format. Information relative to the Neighbourhood Plan process will be available here. Please click on the title of the document in order to be linked to the PDF.

Neighbourhood Background Report - Statistical Information

Ridgeway/Thunder Bay Neighbourhood Plan

Click here to download the Comment Sheet

Schedule A - Future Land Use plan
Schedule B - Parks and Open Space Plan
Schedule C - Natural and Cultural Heritage Plan
Schedule D - Transportation Plan

Existing Land Use Plan
Existing Zoning
Existing Official Plan Designations
Natural Features Map
Archeological Resources Map

Downtown Ridgeway
Parks and Open Space
Visualizing Density
What will Ridgeway/Thunder Bay look like as it grows?

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
What is a Community Focus Group?
Provincial Policy Statement 2005 - How it affects Fort Erie Neighbourhoods

CDS-069-06 on August 14, 2006 (Work Plan)


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MONDAY, MAY 4, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Residents, business owners and all interested citizens are invited to attend the
final Public Meeting for the Ridgeway/Thunder Bay Neighbourhood Plan. This
public forum will provide attendees with an opportunity to view a Staff
Presentation on the proposed Neighbourhood Plan, and speak to Council directly
with any comments or concerns respecting the Plan.

Click here to view the Public Notice

Come out and help us shape the future of Ridgeway/Thunder Bay. For further information please contact:


January 2009 – The next meeting of the Community Focus Group will be held January 20, 2009 at 6:00pm at Town Hall. The group will be reviewing the recently completed Background Report, and the Draft Future Land Use Plan. Both of these documents are available on the Document Link section of this webpage.

October 26, 2006 - The Initial Open House for the Ridgeway/Thunder Bay Neighbourhood Plan was held yesterday October 25, 2006 at the Crystal Ridge Public Library from 3:00-5:00pm and from 6:00-8:00pm.

The Open House was attended by 31 members of the public, and Planning Department Staff were on hand to answer questions and listen to the comments and concerns of those present. Staff displayed mapping of the Ridgeway area depicting existing land use, zoning, OP designations and Natural Areas. Comment Sheets were available at the meeting, and are also available below. There is no time limit for submitting comments at this point, as the development of the plan is an ongoing process. Please take the time download the comment sheet and mail, fax or e-mail it to Chris Millar, Neighbourhood Planner at Town Hall. The contact information is found below.

August 16, 2006 - At the Council-in-Committee meeting of August 14, 2006, Staff reported on the proposed work plan for the Ridgeway/Thunder Bay Neighbourhood Plan. Over the next few months, Staff will be compiling background information on the Neighbourhood, important to understanding the social fabric and key issues affecting Ridgeway and Thunder Bay. A first draft of a proposed Land Use Plan will be presented to the Community Focus Group, followed by another Public Meeting. Watch this site for information on upcoming meeting dates. We need YOUR input to make the Ridgeway/Thunder Bay Neighbourhood Plan a success!

The full Staff Report from August 14, 2006 may be downloaded by clicking here.

Relevant Links

The following links may be of interest:

Ridgeway Business Improvement Area

We welcome your comments and suggestions. Make plans to attend our Open Houses, or send your comments directly to:

Chris Millar, CPT, MCIP, RPP, Neighbourhood Planner
1 Municipal Centre Dr., Fort Erie, ON L2A 2S6
(905) 871-1600 ext. 2503