We have a variety of reports, studies and plans available to view and download.


View our Accessibility Plan. Learn more about our accessibility policies.

Asset management

We use asset management to determine how we allocate resources, use infrastructure and inform our decisions on how we use assets over their useful life, including:

  • Building
  • Operating
  • Maintaining
  • Renewing
  • Replacing

Asset management plans identify municipal infrastructure needs and direct staff in advance of a major asset renewal or replacement. This helps us plan for major projects. A municipality's health can be measured by the quality of its infrastructure. Quality asset management promotes economic development, resident safety and provides a higher quality of life for all.

View our Asset Management Plan. Learn more about our Strategic Asset Management Policy.

Beach and waterfront

View our Beach Maintenance Plan or Waterfront Master Plan.

Bicycle friendly community

View our Bicycle Friendly Community Report Executive Summary or our Bicycle Friendly Community Report and Recommendations.

Budget reports

View more information on our annual budget reports.

Business retention and economic development

View our Economic Development Strategic Plan.

Business retention and expansion

View our Business Retention and Expansion Report to learn more about our business community's overall health, requirements and needs for growth.

We asked many business owners more than 100 questions on their business climate, development and local community. This report helps to create conversations about how to improve the local economy.

Economic development CIP

Our Planning Committee has recommended adoption of the Economic Development Community Improvement Plan to address issues like:

  • Affordable housing
  • Nuclear support service businesses
  • Manufacturing
  • Hotel accommodations

Incentive program

Our Development Charges Incentive Program offers discounts of up to 50 per cent of some development charges for these developments:

  • Affordable housing developments or redevelopments with a net increase of five or more dwelling units, and with a letter of support from the County of Bruce's director of human services
  • Developments which provide for a secondary suite in a single detached dwelling at the time of building permit
  • Hotel developments or redevelopments with a net increase of 50 rooms or more and meeting space of 60 m² or more
  • Manufacturing developments or redevelopments with a net increase of floor space greater than 0 m²
  • Office developments or redevelopments with an office space net increase of 2,000 m² with secured tenant(s) in nuclear support service business(es)
  • Office and warehousing developments or redevelopments with a net increase of 4,000 m² of gross building floor area with secured tenant(s) in nuclear support service business(es)

View the program document or email Development Services for more information.

Starting a new venture

View our Starting a New Venture Brochure.

Community branding

View our Port Elgin Community Branding Toolkit or our Southampton Community Branding Toolkit.

Community Improvement Plans

A Community Improvement Plan (CIP) helps municipalities map out priorities and direction for local improvements to communities. View our Community Improvement Plans.

Each CIP states key areas for improvement and gives us direction to improve each downtown area.

Community Profile

View our Business and Investment Guide, and our Nuclear Supplier Map. You can also view our community profile through the Townfolio platform.

Corporate communications and podcast

View our Corporate Communications Strategy Summary and listen to our Shore Report Podcast.

Corporate Strategic Plan

View more information on our Corporate Strategic Plan.

Design guidelines and façade improvements

We have developed design guidelines and façade improvements for Port Elgin and Southampton.

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Emergency management

View our Community Emergency Management Plan.

Event planning

View our Essential Event Planning Guide for events in Saugeen Shores.

Financial statements

Audited financial statements for the previous year with the Town of Saugeen Shores are usually available in July. View our Financial Statements.

Official Plan

View more information on our Official Plan.

Parks and Trails

View our Parks and Trails Master Plan.

Planning reports and studies

View more information on our planning reports and studies.

Port Elgin harbour

View our Port Elgin Harbour Strategic Assessment Final Report or our Port Elgin Harbour Strategic Assessment Presentation to Council.

Recreation and aquatics

View our Recreation Master Plan.

Aquatic facility reports

Southampton Town Hall architectural reports

View our Southampton Town Hall and Library Feasibility Draft Drawings, the Thor Dingman Report on the Southampton Town Hall Assessment, our Southampton Town Hall Architectural Final Report, or our Southampton Town Hall and Library Architectural Feasibility & Design Study Presentation.


Lots of community character comes from its downtown areas and the way people interact with streetscapes. People use roads, sidewalks, lighting, furniture and other street elements every day, year-round.

To better serve downtown businesses and to create better gathering places in downtown Port Elgin and Southampton, we plan for beautiful streetscapes that can be enjoyed by residents and visitors year-round.

View our Port Elgin Streetscape Plan.

Sidewalk patio and café encroachment

View our Sidewalk Patio and Café Encroachment Policy.

Water services

View our Water and Sanitary Sewer Servicing Master Plan, or more information on our water service reports.