April 14, 2019
Growth forecasts and land need in Oxford County
UPDATE: April 8, 2020
Thank you to everyone who submitted comments and feedback on the Oxford County Phase One Comprehensive Review. The study was adopted by County Council on April 8, 2020.
View the complete report here
Oxford County is expected to grow in population by 47,000 and add approximately 21,000 new jobs over the next 30 years. This growth forecast comes from a study by Hemson Consulting Ltd., commissioned by Oxford County to update the growth assumptions and land supply (including identifying any potential land need) for Oxford and all eight Area Municipalities.
The study, referred to as the Phase One Comprehensive Review, predicts substantial growth in the County over the forecast period, driven largely by people from the Greater Golden Horseshoe relocating to Oxford. The general distribution of growth within the County is not expected to shift substantially, with most growth concentrated in the City of Woodstock (50%) and the Town’s of Tillsonburg and Ingersoll (25%) with the remainder being distributed across the five rural Townships (25%).
Findings from the study will inform growth management planning in the County, including the potential need to expand urban and rural settlement boundaries to accommodate forecasted growth. It will also inform a range of other County projects and initiatives, including Official Plan amendments, development charges, secondary planning, infrastructure master plans, housing strategies, etc.
The study will update the Population, Household and Employment Forecasts and Employment Lands Study completed by Watson and Associates in 2014.
The draft findings from the Oxford County Phase One Comprehensive Review report were presented to County Council on April 10th, 2019.
Read Council report CP 2019-104 – Phase 1 Comprehensive Review Study – Updated County and Area Municipal Growth Forecasts and Land Need Analysis
Municipal Growth Forecasts and Land Need Analysis Presentation