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.

View our Port Elgin Waterfront Design Concept and Budget Allotment Plan.

View our Waterfront Best Management Principles.

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.

Building reports

View more information on our building reports.

Economic development

View our Economic Development Strategic Plan.

Tourism is identified as an economic driver in our community, and in October 2019 Council received the first Tourism Strategy for Saugeen Shores.

Economic recovery strategy

The Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Recovery and the department of Strategic Initiatives have pulled together version three of the Saugeen Shores Strong Economic Recovery Strategy. This plan includes avenues of research, actions to be implemented, and speaks to how the municipality will also pivot to support the business community and the local economy. 

Getting to Work: Investigating Labour Market Challenges in Saugeen Shores 

This project was a partnership with the University of Guelph, Bruce Power, and Town staff. University of Guelph PhD candidate Ashleigh Weeden successfully secured a Mitacs Accelerate Internship to conduct a six month study of the labour market dynamics in Saugeen Shores, from July to December 2020. 

Learn more about the Getting to Work project.

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 more information on our Community Profile and Key Economic Indicators.

Community Safety and Well-Being Plan

In 2019, in response to the new legislation passed under the Police Services Act, the majority of the lower-tier Municipalities of Bruce and Grey Counties, including Saugeen Shores, joined forces with the Counties of Bruce and Grey, eight police services, fourteen police services boards, three boards of education, and twenty-nine education, health and social service agencies and community committees to undertake regional Community Safety and Well-Being Planning.

View our Community Safety Well-Being Plan.

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.

Port Elgin


Development Charges Study

Development Charges Background Study 


Drainage Master Plan

The purpose of the DMP will be to define the existing condition of the drainage systems in the Town and provide recommendations for policies, and capital projects that are required to provide for a system that meets the needs of the future of the Town.  The study is broken into four (4) areas, Southampton South of the river, Southampton North of the river, Port Elgin and the rural areas.  GM Blueplan will manage the project on behalf of the Town and updates will be provided on the Town’s website.

Notice of Study Commencement and Public Information Centre

Comment Sheet (for printing)

Comment Sheet (online)

The Town of Saugeen Shores Master Drainage Plan 

Emergency management

View our Community Emergency Management Plan.

Energy consumption

View our Broader Public Sector Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan. View Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions annual reports for:

Event planning

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


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

In early 2021 the Town completed a review of general and administrative processes with a focus on select functions within the Finance Department. View the Finance Processes Review Report.

Inflow and Infiltration Study

Understanding where rainwater enters the sanitary sewer system, and recommending how to eliminate it are the basis of this study for the Southampton area.  The removal of this water entering the sanitary sewers reduces the cost of operating the Water Pollution Control (Sewage Treatment) Plant.

Kolb Bridge EA Study

PlanMac Engineering Inc. has been engaged by the Town of Saugeen Shores to investigate the alternatives for the Kolb Bridge which was closed to all traffic in December of 2020.  The Kolb Bridge is located on Sideroad 13/14 just south of Concession 6. View the November 17th, 2020 Public Meeting regarding the Kolb Bridge Temporary Closure. 

View the Kolb Bridge EA Presentation which summarizes the work completed to date on the Schedule ‘B’ Class Environmental Assessment (EA) and outlines the alternatives and the preliminary preferred alternative for the Kolb Bridge. 

Public comments and feedback will be received via the provided email contacts or through the Comment Form from 2:00pm on November 23rd, 2021 until 2:00pm on December 14th, 2021. 

After the comment period closes the comments and feedback received will be evaluated and the final preferred alternative will be selected.  All documentation will be consolidated into a final Project File Report (PFR) and presented at council in early 2022. 

View the Notice of Study Commencement Municipal Class EA. 


McEwing Bridge EA Study

R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited has been engaged by the Town of Saugeen Shores to investigate options to replace the McEwing Bridge, located on Sideroad 18 & 19 at Concession 2.

The following Schedule ‘B’ Environmental Assessment (EA) Project File Report (PFR) has been created to provide information to the Town regarding replacement options.

View the McEwing Bridge EA PFR, which:

  • Outlines existing conditions
  • Identifies design criteria/parameters
  • Outlines design options
  • Analyzes and evaluate design options
  • Recommends the preferred solution

View the Notice Of Study Commencement Municipal Class Environmental Assessment.

View the Notice Of Study Completion

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, sports and aquatics

Recreation and sports reports

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.

Southampton WPCP EA

The purpose of this study is to assess the capacity of the existing Southampton Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) and define the preferred alternatives for increasing the treatment capacity to meet growth. As such, a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) Schedule C is required.  Public consultation will occur throughout the project, which is being managed by Ainley and Associates for the Town.  Updates will be provided on the website throughout the project.

 Investing in Canada logo

Notice of Study Commencement 

Materials from Public Information Centre (PIC) 1

Register for Public Information Centre (PIC) 2

Southampton WPCP Expansion Class EA Public Information Centre (PIC) 2 - Display Boards With Voice Over

Southampton WPCP Expansion Class EA Public Information Centre (PIC) 2 - Display Boards Without Voice Over

Southampton WPCP Expansion Class EA Public Information Centre (PIC) 2 - Comment Sheet

Notice of Completion

 Draft Final Report

Southampton WPCP Expansion Class EA - Draft ESR

Appendix A - WPCP and SPSs Condition Assessment

Appendix B - Existing and Future Sewage Flows TM

Appendix C - WPCP Performance and Capacity Assessment TM

Appendix D - Assimilative Capacity Study Report

Appendix E - EA Consultation Materials and Correspondences

Appendix F - Environmental Impact Study Report

Appendix G - Stage 1 Archaeological Assessment Report

Appendix H - Stage 2 Archaeological Assessment Report

Appendix I - Cultural Heritage Study Report


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.

The River Road EA Study 

The Town of Saugeen Shores is initiating a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) to consider options to address the erosion of the slope between The River Road and Burgoyne Creek. 

View the Environmental Assessment, Schedule B Project File Report.

View the Notice Of Study Commencement Municipal Class Environmental Assessment.

View the Notice of Study Completion 

Transportation Master Plan

The continuation of the Transportation Master Plan will happen through 2019 with completion in the Fall of 2019 with a Report being presented to Council.  Public information on the alternatives and draft recommendations will occur in the summer.  Updates will be posted to the Transportation page.

Waste Management Master Plan

A plan for garbage and waste in the Town is needed in order to plan for an expansion of the existing landfill.  There is life left in the landfill but it is the time to start looking to the future.  This plan will be carried out by a consultant on behalf of the Town, and public consultation will occur.

View our Long-Term Waste Management Plan.

Water and Wastewater

Following the Notice of Completion, outlined below, the Town edited the Master Plan document based on  feedback received after publishing the Notice of Completion. The Master Plan and Appendices have been updated.

Final Plan



Notice of Completion

The Project: The Town of Saugeen Shores has updated the Water and Wastewater Servicing Master Plan for the communities of Port Elgin and Southampton. The Master Plan reviewed existing infrastructure for water treatment, storage, and supply and sanitary sewage collection and treatment. From this review, the Master Plan identified water and wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years. The Plan will serve as a strategic document for the continued provision of water and wastewater services while integrating with other major planning, development and financing plans and policies.  

The following projects are the preferred servicing solutions:


MCEA Schedule



  • Additional membrane cassettes
  • Expand filtration capacity
  • Modify SCADA
  • Need for additional storage
  • Watermain extensions



A (B if site expanded)









Medium to High

Wastewater – Port Elgin

  • Increase treatment plant capacity
  • Expansion of headworks at treatment plant
  • Expansion of biosolid management facilities
  • Sewer replacements








Medium to High

Low to Medium

Low to High

Wastewater – Southampton

  • Increase average and peak rating of treatment plant
  • Increase capacity at Sewage Pumping Station 1
  • Sewer replacements












The Environmental Assessment Process: The Water and Wastewater Servicing Master Plan Update was conducted in accordance with the requirements of Approach 1 for Master Plans under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA), dated October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015. Following the completion of this Master Plan, the Town may proceed with the implementation of the pre-approved Schedule A and A+ projects. Schedule B and C projects will require additional study to fulfill MCEA requirements prior to implementation.

A digital copy of the Master Plan Update is available as are its appendices. Through this Notice, the Master Plan is being placed on the public record for a 30-day public review period ending: October 28, 2021. All comments and concerns should be sent directly to

Lisa Courtney (lcourtney@bmross.net) at B.M. Ross and Associates Limited, 62 North Street, Goderich ON N7A 2T4, 519-524-2641.


In addition, a request may be made to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks for an order requiring a higher level of study or that conditions be imposed (e.g., require further studies), only on the grounds that the requested order may prevent, mitigate or remedy adverse impacts on constitutionally protected Aboriginal and treaty rights. Requests on other grounds will not be considered. Requests should include the requester contact information and full name. Requests should specify what kind of order is being requested (request for conditions or a request for an individual/comprehensive environmental assessment), how an order may prevent, mitigate or remedy potential adverse impacts on Aboriginal and treaty rights and any information in support of the statements in the request. The request should be sent in writing or by email to: Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks 777 Bay Street, 5th Floor Toronto ON M7A 2J3 minister.mecp@ontario.ca and Director, Environmental Assessment Branch Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks 135 St. Clair Ave. W, 1st Floor Toronto ON, M4V 1P5 EAB Director@ontario.ca. Requests should also be copied to the Town of Saugeen Shores by mail or by e mail. 

Jay Pausner, Supervisor, Development Services, Town of Saugeen Shores

This Notice issued September 28, 2021

View our Water System Financial Plan, Wastewater Financial Plan or more information on our Annual Water/Wastewater Reports