Prince Edward County is in the final throws of approving a new Official Plan to replace the current one which was adopted in 1998.
County staff published a draft of the new plan at the start of October, with public comments due by last week, and the draft scheduled to go to Council for initial approval this week.
Based on feedback from different sources, the County has decided to amend the adoption approach to provide for more public input. (See https://haveyoursay.thecounty.ca/official-plan )
Under the new arrangement, the period for public comment has been extended until November 27th.
As part of the opportunity for public comment, a new statutory Public Meeting will be held virtually on November 26th to receive input.
The planning department will collect and summarize all comments from this Public Meeting in preparation for a Council meeting (Committee of the Whole) on December 15th where an initial decision on the new plan will be made.
This will be followed by a Council meeting on January 7th which is intended to give final approval.
Once approved by Council, the new plan must be approved by the Minister of Housing & Municipal Affairs before it is effective. This is expected to take between 1 and 3 months.
This new adoption process has two implications:
- If you have an opinion about the plan, you now have a longer window to submit it via the Have Your Say page (https://haveyoursay.thecounty.ca/official-plan), and an opportunity to express your view at the November 26th meeting.
- If you have a potential planning application for something like a severance which could be negatively affected by the new plan, you now have a slightly extended time in which to get a complete application submitted so that it is considered under the current Official Plan.
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