SDG Official Plan Review
Thank you to all the residents who attended the Open Houses. We appreciate your comments and feedback.
The Official Plan was adopted by County Council on July 17th and will be forwarded to the Minister of Municipal Affairs for review and approval. Please see a Notice of Adoption here.
If you wish to be notified of the Minister's decision please make a written request to:
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Attention: Prabin Sharma
Planner - Municipal Services Office East
8 Estate Lane
Kingston, ON K7M 9A8
The County identified and highlighted six main areas of interest during the Open Houses. We have prepared story boards on these changes that can be found here.
The presentation for the Open Houses can be found here.
SDG held a Public Meeting as per Section 17 and Section 21(1) of the Planning Act on Monday June 19. The notice can be found here.
Official Plans and the Planning Act
The County Official Plan sets out the vision for how SDG will grow to the year 2036. The Planning Act requires regular "check-ups" to ensure that the Official Plan is working to fulfill its vision. As part of this process we reviewed our designated areas of employment, natural features like woodlands and wetlands, and our agricultural resource lands. We have also made general updates around local food, active transportation, safe drinking water, and other legislative updates.
The Citizen's Guides prepared by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs provide general information on Official Plans, the Planning Act, and Municipal Plan Review:
Economic Health and Employment Lands
The Planning Act requires the Official Plan Review to consider the employment land designations within the Counties. Staff performed a review of vacant employment lands, building permit records, and recent economic trends. Hemson Consulting was retained to provide a Population and Growth update and Employment Lands Review. This report updates and expands on the 2013 Hemson Population and Growth Projections report (found here) which supported adjustments to 71 settlement area boundaries (found here). The Employment Lands Report is summarized in a presentation made to County Council on January 25th, 2016.
Report 1: Updated Growth Forecasts
Report 2: Employment Needs Analysis
Presentation to Council: Updates to SDG Official Plan Section 2 & Employment Land Needs Analysis
Agricultural Lands Review
Agricultural Lands in the County are a protected through designation in the Official Plan. These lands are protected for their important economic, cultural, and environmental value. Lands are evaluated to determine if they are classified as agricultural. The factors include soil type and quality, suitability for specialty crops, sufficient area for on-going farming, presence of on-going farming, and absence of incompatible land uses.
Clarke Consulting reviewed the designated agricultural lands and recommended areas that should be changed to rural designation. The presentation to Council on January 25th, 2016 can be found below.
Report including maps: Agricultural Resource Lands Review
Presentation to Council: Agricultural Resource Lands Review
SDG recently updated the County forest cover mapping as part of a partnership with United Counties of Prescott-Russell; United Counties of Leeds and Grenville; City of Ottawa; Raisin Region Conservation Authority; Ontario Woodlot Association; and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry; using 2014 aerial imagery. This forest cover mapping was used to create a significant woodlands map using criteria established by the Natural Heritage Reference Manual. This mapping is used to screen development applications to ensure that woodlands are protected.
The woodlands mapping is combined with other natural features such as wetlands, Areas of Natural Scientific Interest, waterbodies, and floodplains to create the County's Natural Heritage System. This system is identified within the Schedules of the proposed Official Plan and is protected through the Natural Heritage policies of our Plan.