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1. The Official Plan is lacking detail for what I can do with my property, or what others can do with their property.
The Official Plan works cohesively with the Zoning Bylaw, to delegate the land uses of all properties within the Township. The Official Plan contains goals, objectives, and some policy for land uses within a municipality. The Zoning Bylaw strictly contains policy for each identified “zone” within a municipality. The Zoning Bylaw will determine your setback requirements for each land use, as well as required frontages and land coverages for each property, to list a few examples. A use may be permitted on a land within the Official Plan but not the Zoning Bylaw. For example, the Village designation within the Official Plan allows for commercial, residential, institutional and industrial uses. If a property were designated as “Village Residential” within the Zoning Bylaw, an industrial use would not be permitted, without an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw. Once the Township completes the Official Plan update, an update to the Zoning Bylaw will be required to work cohesively with the newly adopted Official Plan.
2. Why can’t I sever my lot?
Severance applications require the approval of the Committee of Adjustment as per Section 54 of the Planning Act R.S.O. 1990, c. P.13, s. 54 (2). Township staff writes a report ensuring that the severance of a property does not offend the Provincial Policy Statement 2014, A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe 2019, Simcoe County Official Plan 2015, the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan 2009, and both the Township’s Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw. Provincial legislation and the Simcoe County Official plan supersedes the Official Plan, and Zoning Bylaws of the Township. Currently the Official Plan 2003, is not consistent with the requirements of Simcoe County’s Official Plan, and this update is to allow for conformity, amongst all forms of land use legislation. Growth and the creation of new lots for development should be directed to settlement areas, as stated in the Provincial Policy Statement 2014 Section 1.1.3 Settlement Areas. The Township’s identified settlement areas are as followed:
iii) Coopers’s Falls
v) Lagoon City
vi) Longford Mills
3. My property is located within an identified settlement area, when will I need to apply for a plan of subdivision application instead of a consent application through the committee of adjustment?
4. What is the difference between the Rural Settlement and Village Settlement areas?
5. What about the existing residents, when development occurs?
6. Can I have a second dwelling unit on my property?
A second dwelling unit will be permitted in the new Official Plan; however, the creation of that dwelling unit must comply with all other applicable law (ex. Ontario Building Code). The creation of a second dwelling unit in an existing residence will be exempt from paying development charges however a new multi residential dwelling, will be required to pay the development charges at the applicable multiple dwelling development charge fee.
7. What does this new Greenlands Designation mean?