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
Please note the Township will be holding another 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.
Due to the evolving public heath situation (COVID-19), effective March 17, 2020 at 8:30 am the Township of Oro-Medonte Administration Office is closed to the general public until further notice. However, members of the community are invited to learn more and provide feedback on the proposed amendments through the input process outlined below. Meeting details are as follows:
Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Time: 5:30 p.m.
How to Provide Input at the April 7th meeting:
- A copy of the Staff Presentation for the April 7th meeting is here: Presentation
- Written submissions can be sent electronically to email@example.com, can be dropped in the mail drop box at the Township Administration Office on Line 7 South, or faxed to (705)487-0133. Please ensure your name and address are included as required for the public record.
- All comments received in the mail drop box at the Township Administration Office mail up to 5:00 p.m. on April 7th that include a name and address will be read out loud by staff during the April 7th meeting.
- April 7th meeting:
- Will be live streamed for public viewing;
- Will include Township staff presenting information (slides), which will also be posted on the Township website March 31st
- All comments and questions received by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to or during the Public Meeting will be read out loud by staff.
- Following the April 7th Public Meeting, the public can provide additional written submissions by email to email@example.com or in the mail drop box at the Township Administration Office Drop Box until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday April 14, 2020.
- A compiled list of all communications received between March 18th and April 14th will be included in the public meeting minutes.
- If you previously provided comments prior to, during or following the 1st Public Meeting held on December 17, 2019, your comments will continue to form part of the public record and will be considered, but will not be read out loud at the meeting on April 7th.
- A Staff Report and revised by-law to be presented at a Special Council meeting on April 29, 2020.
The Draft Zoning By-law Amendment proposes permission for cannabis production and processing facilities in the following zones:
- Rural Industrial (IR);and
- Economic Development (ED).
It is important to note that based on public input, the final By-law may be amended following the Public Meeting on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 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
The Township is 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. Short Term Rental Accommodations (STRA’s) 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.
Since 2017, a number of concerns have been raised by the community in relation to STRA’s including conflict with existing residential uses, noise, safety, parking, environmental, zoning, taxation, and enforcement etc.
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 discussed at the May 22, 2019 Council meeting; however any further draft by-laws will not be brought forward until the planning amendment documents are drafted and available for public consultation. It is anticipated that a public meeting on these draft planning documents will be scheduled for Spring 2020.
To submit your comments or inquiries to the Township regarding Short Term Rental Accommodations that will be brought forward to the scheduled Public meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.