For Planning inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 705-487-2171 ext. 2116.
Planning Department - Notice of Temporary Adjustments During COVID-19
Planning Applications, Payments, Public Meeting Processes etc. can all be found in the Notice attached.
The Planning Division is responsible for the overall planning and policy direction for land development in the Township, this includes Official Plan and Zoning By-law administration, review and process of development applications and administration and recommendations for the Development Services Committee. This department advises Council regarding proposed changes to the Township's land use planning documents such as the Official Plan which sets out the general vision, goals and objectives for the Township; and the Township's Zoning By-law which implements the Official Plan policies through provisions, standards and setbacks for building use, location and size. The Planning Department also offers administrative and policy interpretation assistance to the
Development Services Committee. For additional information or questions please contact the Planning Division staff.
Cannabis Production and Processing Facilities
The Council decision to pass By-law 2020-046 to regulate the locations of cannabis production facilities in the Township is the subject of three appeals to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). As a result, By-law 2020-046 is unable to take effect, pending the outcome of the appeals process.
Council is committed to continuing to protect the interests of Oro-Medonte's residents, and will engage the Township's solicitor, Planning staff, and retain the services of a professional planning consultant to represent the Township in the matter of these appeals.
Further information regarding these appeals (LPAT Case No. PL200194) can be found on the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT) E-status page (https://olt.gov.on.ca/tribunals/lpat/e-status/).
Individuals who provided the Township with written requests to be notified of a decision will also be notified of any LPAT proceedings, including a Case Management Conference that has been scheduled to take place by video on October 23, 2020. Members of the public interested in viewing any of the video proceedings should contact LPAT by visiting https://olt.gov.on.ca/contact/ontario-land-tribunals/, and referencing Case No. PL200194.
For further background regarding Provincial and Federal regulations pertaining to cannabis, please see
Short Term Rental Accommodations
As a result of concerns that have been raised by the community since 2017 in relation to STRA's including conflict with existing residential uses, noise, safety, parking, environmental, zoning, taxation, and enforcement etc., the Township of Oro-Medonte underwent a review on short term rental accommodations in the Township, and conducted extensive research into the matter in other jurisdictions, in addition to obtaining legal input and case law.
The Township held a Public Meeting (Notice) for the purpose of obtaining comments on a proposed amendment to the Township's Comprehensive Zoning By-law 97-95, to provide clarity with respect to the existing prohibition on commercial accommodations in dwelling units in the Township of Oro-Medonte on June 25, 2020.
On July 15, 2020 Council adopted By-law 2020-073 which provides clarity with respect to the existing prohibition on commercial accommodations in dwelling units in the Township of Oro-Medonte and adds a definition for Commercial Accommodation.
By-law 2020-073 was appealed to the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) (file PL200395) (Ontario Land Tribunal)and a hearing was held from March 22, 2022 to March 29, 2022.
At the conclusion of the hearing, the Chair issued an Oral Decision, and By-law 2020-073 was repealed as a result of the decision, and is no longer in effect.
Following the OLT’s oral decision, a Special Meeting of Council was held on April 1, 2022 at which time Township staff and legal counsel received direction and will be reporting back to Council at future meetings.
The Township of Oro-Medonte’s legal counsel has also filed a Notice of Motion to Appeal the decision (pending receipt and review of the written OLT decision). To date, the written OLT decision has not been received by the Township.
Should you have a complaint regarding a short term rental accommodation contravention of a Township of Oro-Medonte By-law, please contact Municipal Law Enforcement Staff at 705-487-2171 and complete the comment/concern form found here.