Montague Township is reviewing its Official Plan!
What is an Official Plan?
The Montague Township Official Plan is a legal document under the Planning Act that came into force and effect on December 13. 2011. The Official Plan is a strategic planning document which guides the growth, development, and land use changes in Montague Township for the next 20 years and beyond. The Official Plan (OP) determines how the Township will manage issues such as: agriculture; growth; housing; employment; aggregate; and natural heritage conservation.
The Official Plan is required to be consistent with the provincial requirements for land use planning as expressed in the Provincial Policy Statement 2020. There is also a requirement for the Township’s Official Plan to conform to the Lanark County Sustainable Communities Official Plan.
Why do Municipalities need an Official Plan?
An Official Plan:
- Informs the public on what the province, county and municipality's general land use planning policies are.
- makes sure that growth is coordinated and meets the community's needs.
- helps all members of the community understand how their land may be used now and in the future.
- helps decide where roads, parks, trails, and other services will be located.
- provides a framework for establishing municipal zoning by-laws to set local regulations and standards, such as size of lots, or development setbacks from water or gravel pits.
- provides a way to evaluate and settle conflicting land uses while meeting local, regional, and provincial interests; and,
- shows Council's commitment to the sustainable future of the community.
Why are we Reviewing our Official Plan?
Once an Official Plan is approved, the Planning Act stipulates that a council shall revise the plan no less frequently than:
- 10 years after it comes into effect as a new official plan; and
- every five years thereafter, unless the plan has been replaced by another new official plan
The primary purpose of the review is to ensures the Official Plan is consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement and that it has regard to matters of provincial interest. The Official Plan Review is also an opportunity to ensure the official plan continues to address local priorities and changing community needs.
The Township Council is committed to reviewing and, where necessary, updating its Official Plan policies to ensure they remain current, consistent with Provincial legislation and policies, and reflective of local planning principles and objectives. This OP review and update will incorporate the 2020 updated Provincial Policy Statement to guide Montague Township in making informed planning decisions consistent with provincial direction. A professional planning firm was retained by the Township to assist in this review.
This project is being completed in consultation with Lanark County who is the approval authority for changes made to local Official Plans by lower tier municipalities. In addition to broad agency consultation, the public is encouraged express their views on the Official Plan.
Please note that the Township’s existing Official Plan, the County of Lanark Sustainable Communities Official Plan, the 2020 Provincial Policy Statement and a link to the Ontario Citizens Guide on Official Plans can be viewed in the Documents section of this website.
How Do I Get Involved?
Opportunities for public input on the Official Plan Review and Update will be provided during the review process. The Planning Act requires that Council hold a Special Meeting, open to the public to discuss possible revisions to the Official Plan. In addition, Council is required to consult with Lanark County (the approval authority) and prescribed public bodies with respect to any changes or updates they may require.
If you have any questions or comments about any aspect of the Official Plan Review, please direct your comments to:
Clerk Administrator, Township of Montague
Special Council Meeting for the Official Plan Review
The Township of Montague will hold a Public Meeting pursuant to Section 26 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13, as amended. The Township is seeking public input to this important planning initiative.
Date:September 9, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Virtual On-line Meeting
To Register to attend Public Meeting: TBA
For More Information
To ask questions, to be added to the mailing list, for information about appeal rights, or if you wish to make a written request for notification on decisions regarding the Official Plan Review, please contact:
Clerk Administrator, Township of Montague