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In the matter of Sections 17, 21 and 22 of the Planning Act, the County of Renfrew hereby gives notice of:

  • An application to amend the County of Renfrew Official Plan; and
  • A public meeting regarding the amendment to the County of Renfrew Official Plan being Official Plan Amendment No. 31 (OPA 31).

Subject Lands

This amendment applies to all lands within the County of Renfrew; therefore, no key map has been provided.

Public Meeting

A public meeting to inform the public of an application for a proposed Official Plan Amendment will be held on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually due to Provincial Covid-19 restrictions.

The public meeting will be live streamed on YouTube and can be viewed at the following link:

https://youtu.be/yQKhStyXvWA

Any person may participate in the public meeting and/or make written or verbal comments either in support or in opposition to the proposed amendment.  You are strongly encouraged to contact the County if you have any questions.  You can provide written comments to County Staff prior to the public meeting by sending an email to officialplan@countyofrenfrew.on.ca or by mailing a letter to Bruce Howarth at the address below.  You are strongly encouraged to submit written comments prior to the public meeting even if you intend to provide verbal comments at the electronic public meeting.

Those who wish to speak or provide verbal comments at the public meeting MUST pre-register by contacting Bruce Howarth at 613-735-3204 Ext. 467 or at officialplan@countyofrenfrew.on.ca   


Purpose and Effect of Official Plan Amendment No. 31 (OPA 31)

County Council adopted Official Plan Amendment (OPA) 25 which was a 5-year update to the County of Renfrew Official Plan.  The amendment was approved with modifications by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) in 2019.  This amendment proposes changes of many of the modifications made by MMAH back to the intention of the policies adopted by County Council in OPA 25.  The amendment includes changes to policies and map schedules related to:

  • Removal of population allocations
  • Water setback
  • Natural Hazards
  • Secondary Dwellings
  • Rural subdivisions
  • Agriculture
  • Cultural Heritage and Archaeological
  • Natural Heritage
  • Servicing Policies
  • Cannabis Production Facility
  • Mineral Aggregate
  • Changing the scope and structure of the plan as it applies to Municipalities with their own official plan

Additional Information

Additional information regarding Official Plan Amendment No. 31 (OPA 31) may be obtained from the County of Renfrew website (www.countyofrenfrew.on.ca/en/business-and-development/official-plan.aspx) or by contacting 613-735-3204, or officialplan@countyofrenfrew.on.ca  during regular business hours. The County Administrative Offices are currently closed to the public in response to COVID-19; staff remain available via email and telephone.

Notification

If you wish to be notified of the decision of County of Renfrew on the proposed Official Plan amendment you must make a written request to:

Bruce Howarth, Manager of Planning Services, County of Renfrew, 9 International Drive, Pembroke, ON K8A 6W5

Appeals

If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of the County of Renfrew to the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the County of Renfrew before the proposed official plan amendment is adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the County of Renfrew before the proposed official plan amendment is adopted, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

Note

One of the purposes of the Planning Act is to provide for planning processes that are open, accessible, timely and efficient.  Accordingly, all written submissions, documents, correspondence, e-mails or other communications (including your name and address) form part of the public record and will be disclosed/made available by the County to such persons as the County sees fit, including anyone requesting such information.  Accordingly, in providing such information, you shall be deemed to have consented to its use and disclosure as part of the planning process.

Dated at the County of Renfrew this 19th day of July, 2021.

Original Signed By:

Paul Moreau, CAO/Clerk
County of Renfrew
9 International Drive
PEMBROKE, ON K8A 6W5


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