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Public Meeting Notice - Amendment to the County of Perth Official Plan

Posted by Planning Dept. on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the County of Perth will hold a Public Meeting on April 14, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Elma Logan Recreation Complex in Monkton (200 Nelson St., Monkton) to consider an Amendment to the County of Perth Official Plan. The Amendment is being considered pursuant to the provisions of the Ontario Planning Act.

The proposed Official Plan Amendment (OPA) application (which the County has deemed to be complete) has been initiated by the County of Perth for the purpose of considering changes to the current severance policies in the County Official Plan relating to surplus farm dwellings. The current policy prohibits the severance of surplus farm dwellings (i.e. Section 5.6.3). The policy that is being considered by County Council at the April 14, 2016 Public Meeting proposes the following:

That the severance of a surplus farm dwelling in the “Agriculture” designation in the County of Perth may be permitted, subject to a number of criteria, including the following:

(i) the land on which the surplus farm dwelling is situated must be held in the exact same ownership as the consolidated farm operation and must be contiguous with the consolidated farm operation to which the farm dwelling has become surplus;
(ii) the minimum distance separation provisions of MDS I must be satisfied;
(iii) the surplus farm dwelling must be habitable, as determined by the local Chief Building Official;
(iv) the area of land to be severed for the surplus farm dwelling lot shall be limited to the minimum size required for the residential use and to accommodate the appropriate sewage and water services;
(v) the farm property on which a surplus farm dwelling is located must be eligible for the Farm Property Class Tax Rate Program or the property owner must have a valid Farm Business Registration Number;
(vi) the farm property on which a surplus farm dwelling is located must have been consolidated under the exact same ownership for a minimum of 5 years at the time of application for consent;
(vii) the proposed lot for the surplus farm dwelling shall not include any barns or structures used for livestock housing purposes; and
(viii) the establishment of a new dwelling on the remnant farm property shall not be permitted and this is to be implemented through an amendment to the local municipal Zoning By-law and through an agreement registered on the title of the remnant farm property;

The proposed Official Plan Amendment will apply to all lands that are designated “Agriculture” in the County Official Plan, which designation applies to the majority of the lands in the County.

ANY PERSON may attend the Public Meeting and/or make written or verbal representation either in support of, or in opposition to, the proposed Official Plan Amendment.

If you wish to be notified of the adoption of the proposed Official Plan Amendment, or of the refusal of the Official Plan Amendment, you must make a written request to the Clerk of the County of Perth (Jillene Bellchamber-Glazier).

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a Public Meeting or make written submissions to the Council of the Corporation of the County of Perth before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the Corporation of the County of Perth to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a Public Meeting or make written submissions to the Council of the Corporation of the County of Perth before the by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the OMB unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

For further details see the following pdf - County Initiated Official Plan Amendment regarding Surplus Farm Dwelling Severance

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION relating to the proposed Official Plan Amendment (e.g. text of the proposed Amendment) is also available for inspection during office hours at the Perth County Planning and Development Department located at the address noted below, and can be provided in an accessible format upon request.

DATED AT THE CITY OF STRATFORD THIS 23rd DAY OF MARCH, 2016.

Mr. Allan Rothwell, MCIP RPP, Planning Director
Email: arothwell@perthcounty.ca
Telephone: (519) 271-0531 (ext. 410)
County Court House, 1 Huron St. Stratford, ON N5A 5S4 

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