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  • 14 Aug 2021 8:05 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

     Healthy beach, Healthy you!  Beach and Dune Conservation

                       Southampton Ontario’s Beaches

    With 20 beach access points between Miramichi Bay and the north end of town, Southampton’s beaches are crucial to our economy and quality of life     

    • How do they work?
    • How can we preserve, protect, and improve them while enjoying the recreational opportunities they offer?
    • Who is responsible for them?

    Join us for a free webinar about Southampton’s beaches—learn about their natural history, current use, threats, and opportunities with keynote presenter Daniela Klicper, M.W.S, B.Sc. of The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, and Q&A moderated by the Southampton Residents Association.

    When:  August 31, 2021, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Complimentary & open to the public. Pre-registration is required. REGISTER HERE

    About the Southampton Residents Association: SRA is a volunteer organization of some 400 households whose mission is to maintain and enhance our unique, historic lakeside town of Southampton by working collaboratively to encouragesustainable development and community engagement.   

    About The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation: LHCCC is a non-government charitable organization established in 1998 with the goals of protecting and restoring Lake Huron's coastal environment, and supporting a healthy coastal ecosystem through education, restoration, and research projects.

  • 24 Mar 2020 7:59 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Residents urged to stay home for all but essential activities

    The Town of Saugeen Shores has declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Town’s Emergency Control Group (ECG) met today to review plans as municipal staff continue to deliver critical services.

    Declaring a state of emergency means that the municipality can access additional resources and expertise throughout this period. With this declaration and the provincial government’s decision to close non-essential businesses, the Town of Saugeen Shores will also see several changes.

    Essential services will focus on the following: policing, fire and emergency response; water supply and waste water treatment; emergency infrastructure repair; winter control; and supporting other essential services as identified by the province.

    The Southampton Landfill operations and hours will be modified. As well, the municipality has closed all playground structures, public washrooms, the Skate Park, BMX Park and Off-Leash Dog Park.

    “The Town is committed to keeping our community safe and continuing essential service delivery,” said Mayor Luke Charbonneau. “But I want to be clear: the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious situation for everyone in Saugeen Shores. Stay home for all but essential activities, including buying food, medicine, or going to work.”

    The Mayor added: “To anyone planning to visit cottages in Saugeen Shores in the coming days, I am asking you now to postpone those plans. Our healthcare resources will be stretched thin by those people already in our community, so please, stay home. When this situation is over, Saugeen Shores will eagerly welcome you, but now is not the time.”

    Residents are encouraged to visit www.SaugeenShores.ca/COVID-19 for accurate information and resources from our community.

    Watch Mayor Luke Charbonneau's address to the public on March 24, 2020.

  • 16 Aug 2019 11:46 AM | Web Master (Administrator)

    The Town of Saugeen Shores has initiated a review of its Official Plan and will hold a Public Meeting and an online survey seeking input to this initiative and to understand the opinions of the public.


    Date: Monday, August 19, 2019

    Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

    Location: Town of Saugeen Shores Municipal Office, 600 Tomlinson Drive, Port Elgin, ON


    The purpose of the Official Plan Review is to address the requirements of the Planning Act, which requires municipalities to conduct an Official Plan Review every five years and to address Provincial plans, policies and matters of Provincial interest. The Official Plan Review is a Town-wide initiative potentially affecting all land within the Town of Saugeen Shores. GSP Group Inc. has been retained by the Town to assist Town Staff with the process.


    The Official Plan is a statement of goals, objectives and policies to guide future growth, land use and development within the Town of Saugeen Shores for the next 20 years. The Town’s current Official Plan was approved in 2014 and has been subject to several amendments.


    The purpose of the Public Meeting is to provide members of the public with information about the Official Plan Review process and how to participate. This is also an initial opportunity for public input to areas of the current Official Plan that should be changed or addressed differently in the new Official Plan, and to participate in shaping the future vision and direction for the Town of Saugeen Shores.


    Anyone attending with respect to the Official Plan Review will be given an opportunity to provide comments at the Public Meeting. Additional opportunities to submit comments will be made available at other times during the Review. If you are submitting letters, faxes, e-mails, presentations or other communications to the Town concerning the Official Plan Review, personal information (such as name, address and comments) may be contained in reports to council and published on the Town’s website.


    In addition to the Public Meeting on August 19 at 6:30 pm, the Town will be holding the following public engagement opportunities during Summer 2019:

    • Cruisers Cruise Nite in Southampton, Thursday August 15, 6:30-9:00 pm. Come enjoy the classic cars and talk to us about your ideas for land use planning and development in Saugeen Shores.
    • An online survey to gather respondents' top priorities, which will be used to develop a list of policies to be reviewed. Complete the survey before September 30, 2019 at saugeenshores.ca/OPReview.

    Additional opportunities for public comment will be provided at later dates. Visit saugeenshores.ca/OPReview to stay up to date on the OP Review.  

    For additional information or to be added to the project mailing list, please contact:


    Jay Pausner

    Supervisor, Development Services


    519-832-2008 x120

  • 16 Aug 2019 11:42 AM | Web Master (Administrator)

    The Town now has composters and Green Cone solar digesters available to purchase at cost.

    These will be sold at the Municipal Office (600 Tomlinson Drive, Port Elgin) on Friday, August 9 and Friday, August 16, 2019 from 10 am to noon and 1 to 3 pm.

    Composters are $40 each and Green Cone solar digesters are $130.

    If anyone is unable to come out on these dates, we have other purchase opportunities available: visit saugeenshores.ca/Composting for more details.

  • 01 Jul 2019 8:05 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    SRA’s Annual Meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday July 13, 2019 at Bevan Hall, adjacent to St. Paul’s Church. We have moved the location to Bevan Hall to accommodate more people. Please arrive early so you have time to register for the meeting and, if you wish, renew your membership. You may also renew via our webpage ( www.southamptonontario.org ) any time. Memberships paid in June will extend to the July, 2020 annual meeting. We are finalizing the agenda, but an interesting session on Recycling in Saugeen Shores is confirmed, and, as in past years, the business part of the meeting will be brief. 

  • 09 Jun 2019 7:51 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    SAVE THE DATE – Saturday, July 6th

    for a Donor Appreciation Cocktail Party (Donations for the Supplemental lighting system for the Playhouse) and Welcome-to-Summer get together

    4 to 6 pm on Saturday, July 6th 2019 at Bruce County Museum.

    Music by the Mike Grace/John McLelland Duo

    This spring Southampton Residents Association Board of Directors committed to raise $3,000 in donations for Bruce County Playhouse to purchase a supplementary theatrical lighting system to be installed in Southampton Town Hall to enhance special lighting effects for live theatre in Saugeen Shores.  SRA will match these donations from the accumulated surplus from past Golf Tournaments to reach the total cost of just under $6,000.

    Accordingly we invite you (a) to contribute to this project with a donation to Bruce County Playhouse and (b) to attend the Donor Appreciation Cocktail Party outlined above.  Charitable donation receipts will be issued for the full amount of all donations.

    So please complete and return the attached form, SAVE THE DATE and join us, your neighbours and friends at this welcome-to-summer get-together 4 to 6 pm on July 6th at the Museum.  Thank you immensely for your donation from your fundraising committee of Carolee Fox, Jim Henning, Jayne Wickens and Chuck Wilson.


    In 2016 Southampton Residents Association (SRA) members donated $11,189 to Bruce County Playhouse (BCP) at our biennial golf tournament to pay for a basic theatre lighting system installed in the Southampton Town Hall to allow BCP to present their first full season of live theatre.  Their presentations over the past three and a half years have been a great addition to the quality of life in Saugeen Shores.

    During the 2018 season BCP rented auxiliary lighting in order to stage one of their plays.  This was so successful and provided so much additional flexibility that they approached SRA again to see whether we would purchase this auxiliary package.  The SRA Board enthusiastically endorses the project, and accordingly we are asking our members for donations.Donation Form.docx

  • 13 May 2019 7:27 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Circle the Woodland” event on SaturdayMay 18th from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  As mentioned in the last Update, Saugeen Shores Town Council will be deciding the outcome of the SSOPA32-18.48 application at the planning meeting on Tuesday, May 21st.  As such, this is the LAST CHANCE to make an impression on Council as a public display of support to maintain the last significant woodland/wetland in Southampton. 

    We ask that if you are in Southampton over the long weekend, that you plan to visit the subject area at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Shortly after 3:00, we plan to encircle the perimeter of the subject property.  Once we have dispersed and have encircled the property, a drone will fly overhead to video all in attendance.  We plan to invite all Town Councilors to the event and will share the resulting video with them in advance of their meeting on the 21st.

    In order to make the event manageable, we are asking that all persons with Last Names that start with A through to K converge at the NORTH end of the subject property (Summerhill and Albert Street South), and those persons with Last Names that start with L through to Z converge at the SOUTH end (Cole and Albert Street South). 

    Please RSVP this invitation to peacefully and respectfully show your support for our last significant woodland/wetland via email to:  bgputman@gmail.com

    We hope to see you this Saturday!

  • 17 Apr 2019 12:55 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Each year SRA members volunteer to clean up the Southampton beach. We organize this with the Town of Saugeen Shores, which provides garbage bags. The objective is to pick up garbage (paper, Styrofoam, plastic and glass) before the Town uses heavy equipment to remove driftwood and groom the beach for summer visitors. Last year our volunteers needed about 2 hours to do the job. Once again, SRA Board member Chuck Wilson is organizing the event. Please volunteer if you are able.  Remember to dress warmly and wear boots and gloves. Volunteers will gather at the big flagpole at the foot of High Street

  • 24 Mar 2019 6:16 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    On March 18, 2019, a Public Meeting was held by the Saugeen Shores Council to discuss an application to amend the Town’s Official Plan. The proposed amendment is intended to change Section which pertains to significant woodlands on certain properties  in Southampton. As a follow-up to the Public Meeting, the Wildlife Expert and Planning Consultant representing the owners of the subject lands will be hosting an open house on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Southampton Town Hall to discuss the intent of the proposed amendment. Members of the public are welcome.
  • 03 Mar 2019 6:12 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Notice of Complete Application and 

    Notice Of Public Meeting 

    Proposed Local Official Plan Amendment 

    (Section 22, Planning Act, 1990) 

    Take Notice that the County of Bruce and the Town of Saugeen Shores have received a complete application(s) under the Planning Act as outlined below; and 

    Take Notice that a Public Meeting will be held on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 6:30 p.m., at the Town of Saugeen Municipal Building, Town of Saugeen Shores 600 Tomlinson Drive, Port Elgin, Ontario in order to consider the Planning Application.

    A developer wants to open up development on the Environmental Hazardous land from Island to South St and McNab to Huron.  They are asking the Town and County to reduce the size of the designated woodland and wetland areas in this area. If the reduction in Significant Woodland, Wetland, Environmental Hazardous and Flood Pain areas are reduced as requested, these areas will likely see full residential development.  

    A Public Meeting will be held on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 6:30 p.m., at the Plex, 600 Tomlinson Drive, Port Elgin, Ontario in order to consider this Planning Application. 

    If you would like to add your support or comments to a petition concerning this proposal, organized by neighbors independent of the SRA, please contact: bgputman@gmail.com or ke.mcleod@hotmail.com.

    For more information relating to the application, e-mail the Planning Applications Technician responsible for the file Julie Steeper jsteeper@brucecounty.on.ca. Written submissions should  also be forwarded to her by March 11, 2019 in order to be included in the Planning Report. 

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