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Community Newsletter #1

The Background Report is a summary of information that has been gathered by the project team that will be used to inform new (and revise existing) goals, objectives and policies in the Township of Ramara Official Plan.

Please download the PDF below for a full copy of the Paper.

Official Plan Review Background Paper

 

The Township of Ramara, along with EcoVue Consulting Services Inc., will hold an open house under Section 17 and Section 26 of the Planning Act to engage with and consult the public about potential revisions and updates to the Township of Ramara Official Plan (2003). Residents are invited to attend the Open House to learn more about the project and to provide feedback to the Project Team.

Please download the PDF below for a copy of the Notice.

Notice – Public Open House

 

EcoVue spoke with Township of Ramara Council on June 26, 2017 in regards to the initiation of the Official Plan Update. The presentation overviewed relevant sections of the Planning Act, the planning process, proposed work plan of the update, key issues identified thus far, and ways to get involved with the project. A PDF of the presentation is available for download.

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OFFICIAL PLAN UPDATE PLANNING ACT SECTION 26

 

Statutory Public Meeting

It has been some time since we discussed the steps involved in the development approvals process. To refresh your memory, here are the first two steps. As you may recall, pre-consultation involves meeting with municipal staff and any external agencies (i.e. conservation authority, health unit), as required, to discuss a proposed development and the requirements involved to submit a complete application. After pre-consultation and all necessary supporting documents to be submitted with the application are finalized, a Planning Act application must be completed and submitted to the municipality. The municipality then reviews the application to ensure compliance with all applicable policies and regulations that govern the municipality. This now takes us to the third step in the development approval process: ‘Statutory Public Meeting’.


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Thinking of buying a property on a private road? What does it mean?

Within smaller municipalities in more remote areas of Ontario, many properties are accessed by private roads. Private roads are owned and maintained by one or more land owner and used to access private property. Roads owned by a municipality are referred to as municipally maintained roads, or public roads. Public roads are maintained to a higher standard and are used by the public at large. Private roads are maintained at the standard that is feasible for the owner or owners who live on that road.

Before buying a property, it is important to investigate whether the property you are interested in is on a private road and what implications may be involved. This post will highlight the main differences between living on a private road and a municipally maintained road.


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Purchasing Property? Do Your Research!

As we’ve touched on in other blog entries, people that are resistant to any type of development taking place near their home are referred to as NIMBYs (Not in my backyard). While the NIMBY moniker is certainly a pejorative term, some NIMBYs tend to embrace this stance if it means the protection of the value of their home or the area surrounding it. They may use the argument that the price of their home will plummet if the proposed development becomes a reality. And if argued in a succinct and eloquent manner, these people may be able to convince the leaders of their community that they are not simply trumpeting a selfish agenda, but rather arguing for the rights of landowners everywhere – that their plight is symbolic of a greater symptom of the infringement of property rights. After all, on the surface it seems pretty unfair. No development seems practical or worthwhile if surrounding landowners end up losing thousands of dollars on the value of their homes.


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It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Today’s digital mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies can be used to create high quality informative and adaptable map products.

Quality graphics and maps are a key component of many planning applications and are very important when it comes to involving members of the public in the planning process. When the public views an application, they may not fully understand what the application entails. Therefore, plans and drawings are a valuable communicative tool within the realm of the planning process.

A skilled map/graphics designer can create plans and drawings that clearly reflect what is intended to be proposed. And when the message is clear, questions are more easily answered and doubts laid to rest.


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For the village of Minden, the spring of 2013 will long be remembered as the spring when the Gull River rose up over its banks, flooding homes and businesses. The devastation that the flood waters bring is very real, both in the short term and the longer term. It is one of the few examples illustrating the power of the natural environment that still manages to render us almost powerless. Short of piling sandbags, there is little we can do except join together to support each other in our time of collective need.

Having said that, there are lessons to learn about how to avoid this level of devastation and despair in the future, through effective Official Plan policies and zoning by-law provisions.


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“We don’t want to go to the Board”.

That’s what most planners and lawyers will tell you. However, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) may be your last chance to get your development approved. Or, conversely, you may be going before the Board to defend your development. While the OMB is nothing to be afraid of, it can certainly be a difficult and nerve-racking experience, especially considering the stakes. Given the scrutiny of the Board, it is important to be prepared and to understand the procedures involved.


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