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The County of Renfrew is updating its Official Plan. An official plan is a policy document that describes how land should be used and manages the physical changes to the built environment and the effects on the natural, social and economic environment. It provides a vision for future growth and generally guides where new development should occur.
The Planning Act requires Official Plans to be reviewed and updated at five year intervals. The purpose of the five year review is to ensure that the Official Plan is meeting the needs of the community, has regard to provincial interests (e.g., protecting ecological systems, conservation of mineral aggregate resources, appropriate locations of growth and development), and is consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS).
The five year review of the County of Renfrew Official Plan is a multi-phased project that will eventually result in changes to the Official Plan by way of an amendment to the document (Official Plan Amendment No. 25 is the assigned number for this purpose). The County of Renfrew is responsible for preparing and adopting Official Plan Amendment No. 25 and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) is responsible at the Provincial level for approval of the amendment.
The County of Renfrew Official Plan was adopted by County Council on March 27, 2002 and approved, with modifications, by the MMAH on June 16, 2003; this five year review is overdue. The first generation County of Renfrew Official Plan was designed to replace local plans in rural and small town areas and eliminate duplication and cost. Local municipalities were given the option of relying on the County Plan or developing their own. The County of Renfrew Official Plan now applies to the following ten municipalities:
(The Town of Laurentian Hills and the Township of McNab/Braeside will be repealing their local official plans and joining the County Official Plan as part of the Fiver Year Update.)
As noted above, there are a number of phases involved in this project. The outline of phases can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.
We are at Phase 7, preparation of a draft revised Official Plan for public review. The April 2016 Draft Revised document can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.
This document contains bold and strikethrough so that the proposed changes can be easily viewed. The bolded and highlighted sections are proposed additions to the Plan and the strike-through sections are proposed deletions. The Official Plan also contains schedules (maps) that illustrate the land use designations. The Official Plan contains one main Schedule A for all the areas covered by the Plan. There are enlargements for each of the local municipalities that are under the Plan.
New to the Plan are four Schedule B maps. These provide background information and overlays on the land use designations contained on Schedule A. The Schedule B maps have the following titles and information:
Public meetings will be held at different locations throughout the County as part of the review. These meetings have not yet been scheduled but are expected to be held this spring and summer. We will have more information on the dates and location of these meetings in May.
A background study was also prepared and can be viewed by CLICKING HERE. The background study provided information on demographics, population projections, and an initial review of proposed policy changes.
Invitation to Comment on the Draft Revised Official Plan
The County invites written submissions from the public during the review process. Please note that County staff will review and consider all the comments submitted, but will not provide any written responses to them. Submissions need to include a person’s name and full mailing address. In addition to your comments, please:
Comments can be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: One of the purposes of the Planning Act is to provide for planning processes that are open, accessible, timely and efficient. Accordingly, all written submissions, documents, correspondence, e-mails or other communications (including your name and address) form part of the public record and will be disclosed/made available by the County of Renfrew to such persons as the County sees fit, including anyone requesting such information. Accordingly, in providing such information, you shall be deemed to have consented to its use and disclosure as part of the planning process.
If you have questions about the Five Year Official Plan Review process please contact Bruce Howarth at (613)735-3204.
Charles Cheesman, MCIP, RPP
Manager of Planning Services