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 underwent a review on short term rental accommodations in the Township and conducted extensive research into the matter on 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. The Township issued a
Notice of Passing with an appeal deadline date of August 12, 2020.
If By-law 2020-073 is appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) then the Township's Interim Control By-law (ICBL) 2018-071 would continue to remain in effect until such time as the LPAT issues a decision on the appeal. Interim Control By-law (ICBL) 2018-071 prohibits the use of all lands within the Township of Oro-Medonte for any Short Term Rental Accommodations.
How you will be informed about a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) hearing if there is an appeal?
The Township has received one appeal to Council’s decision to pass By-law 2020-073. Further information regarding this appeal can be found on the
Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT) E-status page, once the LPAT has processed the appeal and assigned a Case Number. Individuals who provided the Township with written requests to be notified of a decision will also be notified of any LPAT hearing.
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 and complete the comment/concern form found