October 14, 2003
Committee of the Whole: 9 a.m. – ??? p.m.
Evening meeting: 7:00 p.m. – ??? p.m.
Four Members of Council present

CONFIDENTIAL / CLOSED SESSION: ??? p.m. – ??? p.m.

PROPOSED ZONING BY-LAW: The Proposed Zoning By-Law is still in process and will be dealt with by the incoming Council. Ian Rowe, the Township solicitor, has been asked for a legal opinion with regard to the proposed EP2 strip along the shore. He was tied up in court and has not had a chance to respond.
Nick McDonald of Meridian Planning Consultants received a letter from the Ministry of Natural Resources questioning the proposed 177.5 metre level and 15 metre setback. This is an important letter. For its text, click here.

73-LOT SUBDIVISION IN TOANCHE: The proposed Sherrywine Development in Toanche, now called the Soben Development, has been in the works since 1979. The last public meeting on the subject was held in 1993. Council gave the developer another year to finalize plans – the third such “final” deadline. In spite of the lapse of time, it was decided not to have a full public meeting on the subject, but rather to hold an “information” meeting on the matter. Apparently lot sizes have been brought into conformity with the current Official Plan. The details of the parkland dedication have not been worked out.

WATER SYSTEMS: Under the new drinking water regulations, water in each of the Township’s park buildings, at the Airport, and in the Township Offices is now managed as if it were a separate water system, with the same testing and purification requirements.

LAND IDENTIFICATION LIST: In the evening, W. D. Russell, of Russell, Christie, Miller, Koughan, Winnitoy, gave a preliminary presentation of the long awaited list of Township-owned lands. Apparently, this was based on work done by Judy Hibbs at the Registry Office in Barrie.
A series of large binders showing municipally owned lands in green in shore areas of the Township, concession by concession, is still in preparation. We have looked at these binders, and once things have settled down after the election, we advise shore area associations and owners to go to the Township Offices and take a careful look at what is shown as being in municipal ownership, and make sure that it coincides with what is known (and provable) in your area. Eventually there will also be binders showing lands owned by the municipality in the interior of the Township.
The map showing the location of the Goessman Patents and the Canada Company Patents was prepared by David Lambden. The opinion about these was prepared by W. D. Russell.

Letter to Nick McDonald, Meridian Planning Consultants
Subject: Township of Tiny Zoning Bylaw
Great Lakes Shoreline Hazards

Further to your letter of September 11, 2003, the Ministry of Natural Resources offers the following technical comments:

Tiny Township Council is proposing to establish a 15 metre setback from the highest known water level of 177.5 and to have a minimum opening elevation set at 178.5. These measures appear to have been established to deal with Great Lakes flooding hazards. The Provincial Policy Statement defines flooding hazards to be: “the inundation, under the conditions specified below, of areas adjacent to a shoreline…and not necessarily covered by water:

Along the shorelines of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River System…the flooding hazard is based on the 100 year flood level plus an allowance for wave uprush and other water related hazards.”

The 100 year flood level for the Great Lakes Shoreline is based on the highest known water level and the strongest wind set-up – the combination of wind forces at a given time. For the stretch of shoreline in Tiny Township, the 100 year flood level is identified as 178 m. The 178 m level is to be used to measure the 15 metre allowance for wave uprush. A reduction in the 15 m wave allowance is possible if a valid engineering study is carried out that can justify the reduction.

In addition to flooding hazards, the shoreline of Tiny Township must also be examined for other hazards, including dynamic beach hazards. The dynamic beach hazard is defined as:

“The landward limit of the flooding hazard (the 100 year flood level plus a flood allowance for wave uprush and other water related hazards) plus a 30 metre dynamic beach allowance; OR,

The landward limit of the flooding hazard plus a dynamic beach allowance based on a study using accepted scientific and engineering principles.”

Earlier this year, the Township was provided with datasheets which outlined dynamic beach subclassifications for various stretches of beaches in Tiny Township. The shoreline stretches were identified by Ontario Base Map sheet numbers. The classification of dynamic beaches is based on three criteria: beach profile type, beach planform type and beach materials. Each of these is then broken down into subclassifications. In the case of Tiny Township, three subclasses of dynamic beaches have been identified: 1) low plain, headland-bay, sand (subclass 213); 2) low plain, partial headland, sand (subclass 223); and, 3) low plain, exposed, sand (subclass 233). This information is to be used as a screen requiring verification and boundary delineation through field investigation by a qualified individual.

Previous funding for verification and mapping was offered in the late 1980s through the Flood Damage Reduction Program (FDRP). The FDRP consisted of an agreement that split the costs between the Federal Government (45%), the Provincial Government (45%) and the municipality (10%). The outcome of the program was for the municipality to sign a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to develop mapping and an associated report for use in determining the hazard boundaries for implementation in future planning documents. As this mapping does not exist for Tiny Township, it can be assumed that the Township did not pursue the funding. Today, funding of boundary verification could be sought through a program such as the Ontario Small Town Assistance Reserve (OSTAR). Technical assistance in the classification of dynamic beach stretches is available through such groups as The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, a non government organization from Blythe Ontario. Geoff Peach is the contact and can be reached at (519) 523-4478.

The Ministry of Natural Resources role is to provide technical advice to municipalities. We believe we have provided the advice to the Township related to shoreline hazards in the form of available information, guidelines and correspondence such as this. It is hoped that this advice is useful to the Township when making planning decisions related to the Natural Hazards policies under the Provincial Policy Statement.

Should you have any questions, please contact the undersigned at (705) 725-7546.

Yours truly,

Kathy Woeller
District Planner
MNR, Midhurst