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 Township has issued a further Notice of Passing
providing further explanation of the effect that the written and oral submissions that were made to Council, at a public meeting or before Council's decision, had on Council's decision.
The Township held a Public Meeting (Notice) for the purpose of obtaining additional comments on a proposed amendment to the Township's Comprehensive Zoning By-law 97-95, to permit cannabis production and processing facilities within the Township of Oro-Medonte on April 7, 2020.
On April 29, 2020 Council adopted By-law 2020-46 which only permits the processing and production of cannabis or hemp on properties that are zoned Rural Industrial (IR) and Economic Development (ED). The approved by-law has an appeal deadline date of June 3rd, 2020. Notice of Passing
If By-law 2020-046 is appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) then the Township's Interim Control By-law (ICBL) 2018-109 would continue to remain in effect until such time as the LPAT issues a decision on the appeal. Interim Control By-law (ICBL) 2018-109 prohibits the production and processing of cannabis and hemp within a facility or outdoors on lands zoned Agricultural/Rural (A/RU).
By-law 2020-046 and ICBL 2018-109 do not prevent the production of up to four (4) Cannabis plants at any one time in a dwelling house; the production of Cannabis by a person who is authorized by Health Canada to produce Cannabis for their own medical purposes; or the production of Cannabis by a person who has been designated to produce Cannabis for the medical purposes of a person registered with Health Canada in accordance with the Cannabis Act, the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act or any regulations made pursuant to these statutes.
How you will be informed about a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) hearing if there is an appeal?
The Township has received three appeals to Council’s decision to pass
By-law 2020-046. Further information regarding these appeals can be found
on the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT) E-status page,
once the LPAT has processed the appeals and assigned Case Numbers.
Individuals who provided the Township with written requests to be notified of a
decision will also be notified of any LPAT hearing.
For further background regarding Provincial and Federal regulations pertaining to cannabis, please see
Short Term Rental Accommodations
As a result of concerns 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 is currently undergoing a review on short term rental accommodations in the Township and conducting extensive research into the matter on other jurisdictions, obtaining legal input and case law. In order to allow the time necessary to complete this review and for Council to consider land use planning policies and regulations related to Short Term Rental Accommodations, Council enacted an Interim Control By-law that prohibited any new Short Term Rental accommodations after July 18, 2018. A link to the Interim Control By-law is found under the Short Term Rental Accommodations.
In that by-law, Short Term Rental Accommodations (STRA's) are defined as a dwelling or part of a dwelling that operates or offers three or more bedrooms as a place of temporary residence, lodging or occupancy by way of concession, permit, lease, license, rental agreement or similar commercial arrangement for any period of 30 consecutive calendar days or less throughout all or any part of the calendar year. Short term rental accommodations shall not mean or include a motel, hotel, bed and breakfast establishments, hospital or similar commercial or institutional uses.
A number of staff reports have been considered by Council and direction has been provided to Township staff to prepare land use planning and regulatory (licensing) documents for public consultation and further Council consideration. A draft Licensing By-law was presented at the May 22, 2019 Council meeting; however any further draft by-laws will not be brought forward until the planning amendment documents have been the subject of public consultation.
The Township of Oro-Medonte has scheduled a Public Meeting under the Planning Act for Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. for the purpose of obtaining comments from the Public on a proposed amendment to the Township's Comprehensive Zoning By-law 97-95. The Notice of Public Meeting is available and the Draft By-law Amendment to be considered at the Public Meeting is available for review.
To submit your comments to the Township for the June 25, 2020 Public Meeting regarding the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment, please email email@example.com
Enforcement of short term rental accommodations is a land use matter and does not result in the issuance of a ticket, unlike parking enforcement. Enforcement of short term rental accommodation concerns, such as noise, parking, fireworks, would be subject to charges being laid by the Township's Municipal Law Enforcement Officers.
In order for the Township's Municipal Law Enforcement Officers to enforce and/or charge under the Township By-laws, Municipal Law staff are required to have documented evidence that a contravention of a By-law has occurred prior to proceeding. Unfortunately a number of complaints are received by Township staff after the fact and do not provide the Township staff the ability to gather the required evidence for proceeding with charges of a by-law infraction.
Should you have a complaint regarding a short term rental accommodation contravention of a Township by-law, please contact Municipal Law Enforcement Staff at 705-487-2171.