July 17, 2003
Committee of the Whole 9:15 am – 11:54 am
All members of Council present, except that
Mayor Robert Klug (arrived 9:30 am)
Councillor Frank Hughes (left 11:00 am)

CONFIDENTIAL/CLOSED SESSION: 9:20 am - 11 am - Nick McDonald of Meridian Planning Consultants and Jamie Clow of the legal firm of Burgar Rowe were present.


Nick McDonald of Meridian Planning Consultants gave a presentation which included the following points:

• The text of the draft Zoning By-Law will be on the Township website ASAP with maps to follow at a later date.

• There is a non-legal preamble explaining the document.

• There are more definitions than in the previous plan.

• Rough zoning maps are now available for viewing in the Township Offices. (These maps seem much less detailed that earlier ones.)

A band labelled EP2 is shown along the shore. It is not related to ownership. (Indeed, its function is not at all clear.)

For new waterfront homes, there are to be shoreline setbacks of 15 meters from the 178m elevation and a 2nd setback of 45 meters from the 178m elevation for habitable buildings to allow for "dynamic uprush". The distinction between the two setbacks was not clear. To build closer, owners will have to establish the 178m line, have an engineer site the building appropriately, and, if we heard correctly, design a building with no windows or doors on the lake side. (Many questions need to be asked about these setbacks.)

• There are three Holding Provisions (these are marked on affected properties on the maps):
1. Properties whose septic systems were installed prior to 1974. This applies to 1600 residences.
2. Lands without direct access to public roads which do not have Unassumed Road Agreements on file with the Township.
3. Areas within 500 meters of a waste disposal site.

There is to be a public presentation at the Township Offices, on Saturday, July 26, 2003, from 11 am until 2 pm. Nick McDonald will be making a presentation at 12:30.

Concerns should be addressed to Council in writing.

There will be a Formal Public Meeting about the new Zoning By-Law on Saturday, September 13, 2003 at 1 pm.

Final mapping must be complete 20 days before the formal meeting.

Council expects to adopt the plan on September 25, 2003.

After Council adopts the plan there is a 20-day period in which to appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board. A single appeal can delay implementation.