The Official Plan is a general policy document which establishes a long range "blueprint" for land uses within the Municipality. The land uses are identified by designations, under which specific policy direction is given to deal with such matters as type of use, density, massing and development criteria. New developments which do not conform to the Plan must seek approval of an Official Plan Amendment through Council.

Attached is a readable or printable copy of the Town of Cobourg,OFFICIAL PLAN (8.15MB) & OFFICIAL PLAN MAPS (5.12MB).

The Planning Department has prepared a brochure to assist an applicant with an Official Plan Amendment or Zoning By-law Amendment application. The brochure outlines required information for a complete application; time frames; fees and charges; contact names and addresses; sample application; etc: The Citizens Guide to Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments. Current Official Plan Amendments and Zoning By-law Amendment Notices are posted in the Planning Advisory Committee web page.

Citizens are now able to play and enjoy the street pianos beginning from 10 a.m. until August 20, 2015.

(Cobourg, ON) July 21 2015 – The creative public art project ‘The Keys to Our Town’ is once again returning to the streets of Cobourg with three hand painted pianos. Each gently used piano was donated and then hand painted by local artists.

‘The Keys to Our Town’ provides a free avenue for citizens looking to express their musical talents in a public setting. Year over year the project has grown in popularity receiving national media attention, in particular from ‘Cobourg’s Pianoman’ Michael McNamara who sang ‘Perfect’ by Hedley last year. His video can be watched on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1Ki9oZ2.

“It really is something to see a crowd gathering around and enjoying the sounds of Cobourg’s local talent,” remarked Lara Scott, Events Coordinator for The Town of Cobourg. “The street pianos really do offer a fun, creative outlet for all those musically inclined…and for those who are not we certainly enjoy listening!”

Pianos for this season’s project have been kindly donated by Kathryn Murray, Jen Crilly-Glover and Diana Harper (Velma). This year, the Town of Cobourg worked with two local artists whose pianos will be placed at two locations within the downtown. Sergei Raccooninoff, painted by artist Katriona Dean is located at King Street and McGill Street at the entrance to Victoria Park. The piano by artist Amber Quinn is located at 55 King Street West, at the front entrance of Victoria Hall. The third street piano will make its debut at The Sandcastle Festival in a new location. Details to follow.

The Town of Cobourg would like to thank the local artists for their hard work and beautiful craftsmanship, piano donor’s Kathryn Murray, Jen Crilly-Glover and Diana Harper (Velma) for their generous contribution and Kate Gordon who has donated her time to tune the pianos.

The street pianos will be available to play beginning from 10 a.m. (weather permitting) until August 20, 2015.

More about the Artists and their Pianos:

Piano #1: Sergei Raccooninoff
Artist: Katriona Dean
Location - Victoria Park (at King Street and McGill Street)

Katriona Dean won a ROGER's AT&T art scholarship early in her career, which led her to sharpen her creative skills studying the art of Graphic Design at Durham College. She further polished her abilities as an intern in the United Kingdom. She has designed for the newspaper industry, tourism and currently in education as the Web Information Officer at Trent University. She also works as a freelance illustrator, sculptor, photographer, designer and marketing specialist. She is the Art Director for {poetry in Cobourg spaces}, a board member for the Arts Council of Northumberland, speaks three languages, writes poetry, rides a motorcycle and has a love of all things natural and wild. You can follow her creative endeavors at katrionadean.com.

Piano #2
Location: Victoria Hall
Artist: Amber Quinn

Amber Quinn is a resident of Cobourg and recently graduated from the Art Fundamentals course at Sheridan College and will be attending Vancouver Film School in January 2016 to study special effects makeup. At Sheridan Amber focused on depth painting in a variety of styles and has sold her artwork in Downtown Cobourg. She was inspired to create a Cobourg centric piano that showcased icons like the lighthouse, beach, downtown, garden clock and Victoria Park Bandshel

Amber Quinn   Citizen playing Katrionas piano

Artist Amber Quinn stands behind her piano.                                          A citizen playing Katriona Dean's piano.                  

Cobourg's Town Crier 

Crier 4912

Welcome Mandy Robinson, the Town of Cobourg's first official female Town Crier.

A Cobourg resident for almost 30 years, Mandy was announced as the Town Crier for Cobourg at the 2015 New Year's Levee in Victoria Hall. She's also an avid photographer and poet, plays the piano and has dabbled in the arts including acting with the Northumberland Players along with opera singing.  She is a mother to three daughters and a five-year-old grandson.She is a professional public speaker having been a toastmaster for nine years. Toastmasters is an organization that teaches leadership and communication skills. Mandy holds the title of Distinguished Toastmaster, has been an Area Governor, and competes with a view to reaching the world stage. This comes in handy as Mandy will write her own speeches for each event she hosts.

Her wardrobe will be designed by herself and put together by a local seamstress including all summer and winter Victoria gowns.

 

Official Cry
Mandy's official cry is “hear ye hear ye hear ye, good citizens of Cobourg and all who would be present.”

Mandy is available for the following events:

  • Civic Events
  • Private Events
  • Weddings, Anniversaries & Proms
  • Corporate Events
  • Out of Province
  • Milestones

News Articles
Cobourg has new town crier - Northumberland Today (January 4, 2015)
Mandy Robinson is first female town crier appointed in Cobourg - Northumberland News (January 10, 2015)
Cobourg appoints first female town crier - Northumberland News (January 10, 2015)

Videos
New Town Crier, Mayor's Levee in Cobourg's Victoria Hall, January 1, 2015 - You Tube (January 1, 2015)
Canada Day 2015 - YouTube (July 1, 2015)

Contact Information
Mandy Robinson
P: 905-396-5351
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Cobourg CoatofArms

TOWN OF COBOURG
COUNCIL RESPONSIBILITIES

The Cobourg Municipal Council is comprised of a Mayor, a Deputy Mayor and five Councillors who are elected for four year terms. The Mayor also serves as Cobourg's representative on the Northumberland County Council..

Mayor Brocanier 2

Mayor Gil Brocanier

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Committees:

  1. Northumberland County Council
  2. Town of Cobourg Holdings, Inc.
  3. Cobourg Economic Development Advisory Committee
  4. Cobourg Community and Civic Awards Committee
  5. Northam Industrial Park
  6. Cobourg Police Services Board
  7. Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce
  8. Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge Board of Health
  9. Freedom of Information Committee
  10. Audit Committee
  11. Ex officio member of all Council Committees

John Henderson

John Henderson
Coordinator of General Government Services

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Committees:

  1. Cobourg Economic Development Advisory Committee
  2. Northam Industrial Park
  3. Community Physician and Recruitment & Retention Committee
  4. By-law Review Team
  5. Freedom of Information Committee
  6. Downtown Coalition Advisory Committee
  7. Cobourg Downtown Improvement Area Board
  8. Audit Committee

Brian Darling

Councillor Brian Darling 
Coordinator of Planning and Development Services
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Committees:


1. Cobourg Planning Advisory Committee
2. Cobourg Heritage Advisory Committee
3. Freedom of Information Committee
4. Audit Committee

Teresa Rickerby

Councillor Theresa Rickerby
Coordinator of Parks and Recreation Services
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Committees:

  1. Cobourg Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee
  2. Northumberland Family YMCA
  3. Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA)
  4. Cobourg/Port Hope Waterfront Trail & Parks Committee
  5. Downtown Coalition Advisory Committee
  6. Active Transportation Advisory Committee

Forrest Rowden

Councillor Forrest Rowden 
Coordinator of Public Works Services
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Committees:

  1. Cobourg Environmental Advisory Committee
  2. Cobourg Water Quality Committee
  3. Active Transportation Advisory Committee
  4. Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority
  5. Cobourg/Port Hope Waterfront Trail & Parks Committee

Debra McCarthy

Councillor Debra McCarthy
Coordinator of Community Services
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Committees:

  1. Cobourg Seniors Advisory Committee
  2. Art Gallery of Northumberland Board
  3. Community Events and Tourism
  4. Cobourg Downtown Business Improvement Area Board (DBIA)
  5. Cobourg Art in Public Spaces Advisory Committee
  6. Accessibility Advisory Committee
  7. Cobourg Public Library Board
  8. Cobourg Farmers’ Market (Liaison)

Larry Sherwin

Councillor Larry Sherwin
Coordinator of Protection Services
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Committees:

  1. Cobourg Police Services Board
  2. Cobourg Water Quality Committee
  3. Joint Animal Control Services Board – Shelter of Hope
  4. By-law Review Team

The Municipal Council meets every Monday evening (except during the months of July and August) at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the 3rd floor, east wing of Victoria Hall, 55 King Street West, Cobourg. One meeting is held in July and in August and special meetings may be called throughout the year. Council meetings alternate on a weekly basis between the formal Council session and a Committee of the Whole meeting where the entire Council meets in a more informal session to discuss municipal business. All decisions made at a Committee of the Whole meeting must be ratified at a regular Council meeting. A complete Council meeting schedule is available from the Municipal Clerk's Office in Victoria Hall. Agendas for Council meetings are posted on the website and on the bulletin board in the foyer of Victoria Hall.

The Cobourg Municipal Council regularly appoints local citizens to serve on various advisory committees and local boards. These committees and boards have responsibility for providing advice and recommendations to Council regarding municipal services and facilities. In some cases, a local board may have specific responsibility for providing a service to the community, such as the Cobourg Public Library Board.

A list of the various committees and boards follows:

  • West Northumberland Community Safety Association
  • Cobourg Civic and Community Accessibility Committee
  • Cobourg Community Awards Committee
  • Cobourg Committee of Adjustment
  • Cobourg Downtown Business Improvement Area Board of Management
  • Cobourg Economic Development Advisory Committee
  • Cobourg Environmental Advisory Committee
  • Cobourg Heritage Committee
  • Cobourg Parking Advisory Committee
  • Cobourg Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee
  • Cobourg Planning Advisory Committee
  • Cobourg Public Library Board
  • Cobourg Seniors Advisory Committee

From time to time special or ad hoc committees are also appointed by Council for special projects or functions. Information regarding the responsibilities of the various committees and boards and eligibility requirements may be obtained from the Municipal Clerk's Office in Victoria Hall.