New Dover Cliffs gets approval despite moratorium on new construction

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Norfolk council was put on notice that it may be called on to grant special dispensation to a Port Dover developer now that it has the zoning in place for construction of a new seniors home.

The eight acres at issue are located in the Dover Coast subdivision off Highway 6 east of the lift bridge. When constructed, the site will serve as the location of the new Dover Cliffs Long-term Care Home, currently located at the corner of St. George Street and Nelson Street West.

Mayor Kristal Chopp told council of a recent meeting where officials from Revera – managers of Dover Cliffs – expressed concern that a moratorium on new construction in Port Dover related to water servicing might interfere with construction time-lines.

The mayor was given to understand the seniors home has a provincial deadline to meet for providing the new, modern facility. Revera, the mayor said, wants assurances that council will intervene, if necessary, on the water issue to make this happen.


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The county imposed a moratorium on new water allocation last year over concerns that the Port Dover system cannot process water fast enough during peak periods to re-charge the system.

Chopp said the new Dover Cliffs will use water more efficiently than its current facility. However, the draw could be larger depending on how many units are constructed and how many additional residents are served.

“There will be some additional water,” Chopp said. “I don’t think it will be significant.”

Some on council wonder if granting an exemption might set the stage for others seeking similar consideration. But Chopp doesn’t see this as precedent-setting because Dover Cliffs is the only facility of its kind on the horizon that may need this dispensation.

In approving the zoning change required for construction to proceed, council also agreed to remain vigilant to ensure the water question doesn’t impose undue delays.

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