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​​​​​​​​​​Planning Information

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

Please note the Township will be holding a Public Meeting for the purpose of obtaining 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.  Members of the community are invited to learn more and provide feedback on the proposed amendments by attending the Public Meeting. Meeting details are as follows:

Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Township Administration Centre, 148 Line 7 South

The Draft Zoning By-law Amendment proposes permission for cannabis production and processing facilities in the following zones:

  1. Rural Industrial (IR);
  2. Economic Development (ED); and
  3. Agricultural/Rural (A/RU) Zones.​

It is important to note that based on public input, the final By-law may be amended following the Public Meeting on Tuesday, ​December 17, 2019, prior to Council’s final consideration of the By-law.

The draft By-law regarding cannabis processing and production facilities is available for review. 

For further background regarding Provincial and Federal​ regulations pertaining to cannabis, please ​see

​Short Term Rental Accommodations

Background​

The Township is currently completing a review on short term rental accommodations in the Township and conducting extensive research into the matter on other jurisdictions. Short Term Rental accommodations are defined in By-law 2018-071 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.

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.

Through 2017 and 2018, a number of concerns were raised by the community in relation to STRA’s including conflict with existing residential uses, noise, safety, parking, environmental, zoning, taxation, and enforcement etc.

In February 2019 Council approved staff report DS2019-020 and provided direction for Township staff to prepare land use planning and regulatory (licensing) documents for public consultation and Council consideration. Township Staff prepared a draft Licensing By-law that was discussed at the May 22, 2019 Council meeting; however the final licensing by-law will not be brought forward until the planning amendment documents are completed and available for public consultation. It is anticipated that a public meeting on these draft documents will be scheduled for late summer-early fall 2019.

To submit comments or inquiries to the Township regarding Short Term Rental Accommodations please email stra@oro-medonte.ca

Enforcement

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.