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Natural Heritage

Natural Heritage resources include environmental features and functions such as wetlands, woodlands, valleylands, wildlife habitat, and the habitat of endangered and threatened species.

The Township of Adjala-Tosorontio contains significant natural heritage features and land forms such as the Oak Ridges Moraine, the Borden Sand Plain and the valley lands of Bailey Creek, Sheldon Creek, Mad River, Pine River, Boyne River and the Nottawasaga River.1044126_609429035748414_2023614695_n-jpg-2016-11-26-11-28-42

 

Provincial & County Policy

The Provincial Policy Statement and the County of Simcoe Official Plan Policies provide direction on specific issues. The Township Official Plan policies must conform to the PPS and County Official Plan, which set out the following policies:

Long Term Protection

Natural heritage features and areas shall be protected for the long-term and shall be identified.

The important links between and among natural heritage features, surface water features, and ground water features are to be recognized. The diversity and connectivity of natural features and their ecological function should be maintained, restored, and, where possible, improved.

Development Restrictions

Development and site alteration is not permitted in significant wetlands.

In addition, development and site alteration are not permitted in significant woodlands, significant valley lands, significant wildlife habitat, and significant areas of natural and scientific interests unless no negative impacts to the feature and ecological function can be demonstrated.

Development and site alteration in fish habitat, or the habitat of endangered species, is not permitted except in accordance with provincial or federal requirements.

Adjacent Lands

Development and site alteration is not permitted on lands adjacent to natural heritage features, unless the ecological function of the adjacent lands has been evaluated and no negative impact has been demonstrated.

Existing Policy & Legislation

  • Provincial Policy Statement 2014
  • County of Simcoe Official Plan Policies
  • Natural Heritage Reference Manual

Current Township Policies

The current Official Plan includes an “overlay designation” for Natural Heritage Features. New Official Plan policies will be based on updated mapping and will require that there be no negative impact to natural features or their ecological function from development or site alteration.

Section 4.1.2 of the Current Official Plan contains policies for Conservation, Hazard, and Natural Heritage Lands. Current Official Plan policies:

  • Identify the need for a Natural Heritage Plan.
  • Identify certain areas of the Township as environmental features.
  • Direct development away from environmental features and require that the construction of any buildings or structures must protect the environment.
  • Require certain lands to be zoned for conservation use only.
  • Do not allow development on some lands with identified environmental features.
  • Require Environmental Impact Studies for some developments.

The updated Official Plan will ensure the long-term protection of the Township’s natural heritage values. Significant natural heritage features will be preserved, maintained, and improved.

Your ideas and vision are important!

What changes would you like to see?

  • Do you think that the existing Natural Heritage policies are sufficient?
  • What features should be protected from development?
  • What areas of the Township have a high Natural Heritage importance and value?
  • Biodiversity offsetting can be used as a strategy to compensate for the loss of a natural feature, through the creation of a new natural feature at another location. Should the Township utilize this strategy?
  • Please provide any other comments you may have for consideration in the development of new policies.

Agriculture

Prime agricultural land means specialty crop areas and/or Canada Land Inventory Class, 1, 2, and 3 lands. Prime agricultural areas are areas where prime agricultural lands predominate and where there is a local concentration of farms which exhibit characteristics of ongoing agriculture.

The Township of Adjala-Tosorontio is a predominately rural and agricultural community. Agriculture and Agriculture-related business accounts for a significant portion of the local economy. The Township includes a substantial amount of high capability agricultural land that is used to produce a diverse variety of agricultural commodities.

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Provincial & County Policy

The Provincial Policy Statement and the County of Simcoe Official Plan Policies provide direction on specific issues. The Township Official Plan policies must conform to the PPS and County Official Plan, which set out the following policies:

Long Term Protection

Prime agricultural areas shall be protected for long-term use for agriculture. Prime agricultural lands and areas are required to be designated by local municipalities.  Agricultural uses and normal farm practices are to be promoted and protected.

Permitted Uses

In prime agricultural areas permitted uses and activities include: agricultural uses, agriculture-related uses and on-farm diversified uses.

These uses must be compatible with, and not hinder, the surrounding agricultural operations.

New land uses must comply with the minimum distance separation formulae.

Lot Creation

Lot creation in prime agricultural areas is discouraged and the creation of new residential lots in prime agricultural areas can only occur under certain circumstances (e.g. a residence surplus to a farming operation).

Non-Agricultural Uses

Limited non-agricultural uses are permitted in Prime Agricultural Areas, including: mineral aggregate resource extraction, infrastructure, and limited non-residential uses.

Existing Policy & Legislation

  • Provincial Policy Statement 2014
  • County of Simcoe Official Plan Policies

Current Township Policies

The current Official Plan aims to preserve the active agricultural community and the rural character of the Township while recognizing that some forms of development, such as residential, need to be accommodated to meet the needs of the community.

Section 3.3 of the Current Official Plan contains policies for the protection and use of Agricultural and Rural Areas. Current Official Plan policies require that:

  • Prime agricultural areas be protected for long-term use for agriculture.
  • Uses in prime agricultural areas be restricted to agricultural uses and agricultural-related uses
  • In prime agricultural areas all types, sizes, and intensities of agricultural uses and normal farm practices be promoted and protected.
  • Lot creation in prime agricultural areas only be permitted for agricultural uses, agricultural-related uses, or infrastructure.
  • The creation of a new residential lot be prohibited.
  • The expansion of settlement areas into prime agricultural areas be restricted to specific circumstances.
  • Impacts of new or expanding non-agricultural uses are to be mitigated to the extent feasible.

The updated Official Plan will continue to recognize the importance of agriculture to the economy and the character of the community. Prime agricultural land will be protected over the long-term.

Your ideas and vision are important!

What changes would you like to see?

  • Do you think that the existing Agricultural policies are sufficient?
  • What type of agriculture-related uses do you think should be allowed to occur in agricultural areas?
  • What areas of the Township have a high Agricultural importance and value?
  • Urban farming such as the keeping of chickens and community gardens are becoming more common. Do you think the Official Plan should include urban farming policies?
  • Please provide any other comments you may have for consideration in the development of new policies.

Employment & Economic Prosperity

Economic development has been identified as an important goal by the Township of Adjala-Tosorontio. Support for new and existing businesses, as well as the economic well-being of residents, is a necessary part of planning policies.

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Provincial & County Policy

The Provincial Policy Statement and the County of Simcoe Official Plan Policies provide direction on specific issues. The Township Official Plan policies must conform to the PPS and County Official Plan, which set out the following policies:

Long-term Economic Prosperity

Provincial Policy provides for economic prosperity by supporting sustainable tourism development, viable local food and agri-product businesses, and promoting opportunities for investment readiness.

Population & Employment Allocations

The County is anticipating strong overall population growth and employment growth. The Province and County direct a significant amount of growth and development to settlement areas, including a significant proportion of population and employment growth. The County strategically manages the amount of designated employment land to accommodate a range and mix of employment opportunities and other land uses to meet projected needs.

Diversified Economies

The Province and County recognize the evolving needs of a growing workforce and a changing global economy, including manufacturing, resource, and service sectors.

Strategies to support a growing and diversified workforce include: policies for home-based businesses, tourism and resource-based recreational activities, and wise use and management of resources, including agricultural resources.

Existing Policy & Legislation

  • Provincial Policy Statement 2014
  • County of Simcoe Official Plan Policies

Current Township Policies

The goal of the Employment Lands designation is to provide for environmentally sound and sustainable commercial/industrial development in appropriate locations to create opportunities for a diversified economic base. Section 4.9 of the Current Official Plan contains policies for Employment Lands (Commercial/ Industrial and Light Industrial). Current Official Plan policies require that:

  • Generally, no outdoor storage of material or inventory will be permitted in the front and side yards of developments. Specific Zoning provisions apply to outdoor storage of goods and materials.
  • All developments in the Employment Lands will be serviced with private on-site sewage disposal and potable water facilities unless full municipal services have been provided by the Township.
  • Strip development will be discouraged on Provincial and County Roads through control of entrances, placement of berms, and landscaping.
  • All new Employment Lands developments will be subject to Site Plan Control.
  • Commercial/Industrial Uses are generally located adjacent to Highway 89/County Road 50. Light Industrial uses are generally located north of Highway 89 on both sides of Dean Drive to Concession Road #7.

New and revised Official Plan policies will aim to ensure that long-term economic development, diversification, and employment is supported through land use and development considerations.

Your ideas and vision are important!

What changes would you like to see?

  • Do you think that the current policies support new and existing businesses?
  • How else can the new Official Plan support economic development, diversification, and employment?
  • Are there any particular local industries or businesses that require special considerations?
  • Please provide any other comments you may have for consideration in the development of new policies.

Growth

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Provincial & County Policy

The Provincial Policy Statement, Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, and the County of Simcoe Official Plan Policies provide direction on specific issues. The Township Official Plan policies must conform to the PPS and County Official Plan.

Identification

Identify appropriate locations and promote opportunities for intensification and redevelopment, and where this can be accommodated taking into account existing building stock and the availability of suitable infrastructure and public service facilities.

Intensification

Promote development standards which facilitate intensification, redevelopment and compact form, while avoiding or mitigating risks to public health and safety.

Settlement areas be the focus of growth and development, and their vitality and regeneration promoted.

Land use patterns within settlement areas shall be based on densities and a mix of land uses which: efficiently use land and resources; are appropriate for, and efficiently use, the infrastructure and public service facilities which are planned or available, and avoid the need for their unjustified and/or uneconomical expansion; minimize negative impacts to air quality and climate change, and promote energy efficiency; support active transportation.

New development is to occur adjacent to the existing built-up area and have a compact form, a mix of uses and densities that allow for the efficient use of land, and infrastructure and public service facilities.

Planning policies are to establish and implement specified targets for intensification and redevelopment to achieve an orderly progression of development.

The expansion of a settlement area boundary is allowed only at the time of a comprehensive review that meets provincial requirements.

Existing Policy & Legislation

  • Provincial Policy Statement 2014
  • Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
  • County of Simcoe Official Plan Policies

Current Township Policies

The province and County have established growth and intensification targets for the municipality. The population projection for the year 2031 is 13,000 and the employment projection is 1,800. New greenfield development in the Township must meet a density of 32 residents and jobs/ha. 20% of new residential growth must occur in existing built-up areas. Current Official Plan policies:

  • Identify nine settlement areas and require the preparation of a detailed secondary plan if a settlement area is to be expanded or reaches a population of 300.
  • Identify Everett as the settlement area that should receive the majority of growth, with additional growth anticipated in Colgan and Loretto.

In updating the Official Plan, the municipality may enhance growth policies, but must meet the requirements of the Province and County.

Your ideas and vision are important!

What changes would you like to see?

  • Do you think the municipality has enough, too little or too much growth?
  • Where do you think new growth should be directed?
  • Do you agree with the upper tier growth and intensification targets?
  • Where and how do you think intensification occur?
  • Please provide any other comments you may have for consideration in the development of new policies.

Rural & Rural Residential

The Township has an expansive rural area, and its residents value the rural character and amenities it provides. The viability of rural areas should be supported through planning and development decisions.

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Provincial & County Policy

The Provincial Policy Statement and the County of Simcoe Official Plan Policies provide direction on specific issues. The Township Official Plan policies must conform to the PPS and County Official Plan, which set out the following policies:

Rural Settlement Areas

The Province recognizes the diversity of settlement areas, including cities, towns, villages, and hamlets. Rural settlement areas are the focus of growth, development, and intensification in the Township. Settlement areas may be expanded only at the time of a comprehensive review.

Viable Rural Areas

Healthy rural areas should be supported by building upon rural character, promoting regeneration, promoting diversification of the economic base, providing opportunities for sustainable tourism, and conserving biodiversity.

Permitted Uses on Rural Lands

Permitted uses on rural lands include: management or use of resources, resource-based recreational uses (including recreational dwellings), limited residential development, home occupations/home industries, cemeteries, and other rural uses. Development that is compatible with the rural landscape and can be supported by rural service levels should be supported.

Existing Policy & Legislation

  • Provincial Policy Statement 2014
  • County of Simcoe Official Plan Policies

Current Township Policies

The preservation and promotion of the agricultural and rural character of the Township, and maintenance of agricultural lands and the open countryside, are basic principles applicable to all development in the Rural designation. The Rural Residential designation applies to lands previously developed for residential purposes and lands previously approved for residential development.

Section 4.4 of the Current Official Plan contains Rural policies, and Section 4.5 provides Rural Residential policies. Current Official Plan policies require that:

  • Agricultural uses are recognized and protected as a major land use in the Rural designation.
  • The dominant consideration in addressing development proposals will be the impact on the rural character of the Township and surrounding agricultural operations.
  • Single industrial uses are not permitted in the Rural designation without an Official Plan Amendment, and the proposal must meet the outlined criteria in Section 4.4.3.4 and 4.4.3.5. Small-scale developments, such as home occupations and home industries, may occur.
  • Development policies in the Rural designation and Rural Residential designation focus on maintaining rural character and outlining criteria for appropriate lot creation, including maximum number of lots severed and retained, lot frontages, and Minimum Distance Separation Formula requirements.

New and revised Official Plan policies will aim to promote the rural character of the Township that residents cherish and ensure that new development is compatible with the existing rural areas.

Your ideas and vision are important!

What changes would you like to see?

  • What does rural character mean to you?
  • Do you think that the current Official Plan policies supporting rural character are working?
  • What changes might be required to the policies continue to support rural character?
  • Please provide any other comments you may have for consideration in the development of new policies.

Housing

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Provincial & County Policy

The Provincial Policy Statement and the County of Simcoe Official Plan Policies provide direction on specific issues. The Township Official Plan policies must conform to the PPS and County Official Plan, which set out the following policies:

Health & Sustainability

Permit and facilitate all forms of housing required to meet the social, health and well-being requirements of current and future residents, including special needs requirements, and all forms of residential intensification, including second units.

Direct development of new housing towards locations where appropriate levels of infrastructure and public service facilities are, or will be, available to support current and projected needs.

Promote densities for new housing which efficiently use land, resources, infrastructure and public service facilities, and support the use of active transportation.

Establish development standards for residential intensification, redevelopment and new residential development which minimize the cost of housing and facilitate compact form, while maintaining appropriate levels of public health and safety.

Supply

Provide for an appropriate range and mix of housing types and densities required to meet projected requirements of current and future residents of the regional market area.

Maintain at all times the ability to accommodate residential growth for a minimum of 10 years through residential intensification and redevelopment and, if necessary, lands which are designated and available for residential development.

Maintain at all times, where new development is to occur, land with servicing capacity sufficient to provide at least a three-year supply of residential units available through lands suitably zoned to facilitate residential intensification and redevelopment, and land in draft approved and registered plans.

Affordability

Establish and implement minimum targets for the provision of housing which is affordable to low and moderate income households.

Existing Policy & Legislation

  • Provincial Policy Statement 2014
  • County of Simcoe Official Plan Policies

Current Township Policies

Section 3.2.3 of the Current Official Plan contains policies for Housing. Current Official Plan policies:

  • Permit semi-detached, townhouse and small scale apartment units in settlement areas providing there is sufficient infrastructure.
  • Discourage strip development and very large homes.
  • Stipulate that the character of the community dictates that single detached housing should dominate but should augmented by smaller units or accessory apartments to house seniors and first time home buyers.
  • Provide for intensification through re-development of existing lots with higher intensity development.

In updating the Official Plan, the municipality may enhance housing policies, but must meet the minimum requirements of the Province and County.

Your ideas and vision are important!

What changes would you like to see?

  • Do you think that the municipality has an appropriate mix and choice of housing to accommodate all needs? If not, what additional housing choices should be made available?
  • Do you agree that development in settlement areas should be intensified?
  • How do you think the character of a community can be retained while intensification and new development occurs?
  • How do you think the municipality could encourage the development of more affordable housing?
  • Please provide any other comments you may have for consideration in the development of new policies.

 

 

Healthy & Age-Friendly Communities

Planning for healthy, active communities that serve residents over the course of their lifespans, from childhood through senior ages, provides for a sustainable quality of life for all. Accessibility is a prime concern in creating safe, equitable communities where people can “age in place”.

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Provincial & County Policy

The Provincial Policy Statement and the County of Simcoe Official Plan Policies provide direction on specific issues. The Township Official Plan policies must conform to the PPS and County Official Plan, which set out the following policies:

Accessibility

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) became law in June 2005, and it applies to all levels of government. AODA aims to identify, remove, and prevent barriers for people with disabilities. AODA has standards for reducing barriers in a number of areas, including the design of public spaces.

Healthy Communities

The Province has identified that planning for people of all ages is key to long-term prosperity and social well-being. Building strong healthy communities is a key policy area that is supported by efficient land use patterns that create livable communities and provide opportunities for active transportation and social interaction.

Active & Age-Friendly

Provincial policies highlight the role of active transportation in creating healthy active communities. The County requires development proposals by plans of subdivision to incorporate age-friendly and transit supportive design elements, including systems of walkways and design elements for safety. The County encourages municipalities to consider developing Complete Streets guidelines, and to develop Active Transportation Plans with cooperation and support for the County.

Existing Policy & Legislation

  • Provincial Policy Statement 2014
  • County of Simcoe Official Plan Policies
  • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

Current Township Policies

The current Official Plan does not contain specific policies regarding age-friendly or accessible communities.

Section 8.12 contains policies for subdivision development and consent standards, which largely address infrastructure considerations, such as groundwater availability, stormwater management, road access, and development constraints.

Policies regarding community character speak to protecting the rural/agricultural/hamlet lifestyle and sense of community spirit, as well as the positive role of the natural environment in the community.

The concept of “8 to 80 cities” is a helpful way to think about planning for land use and the public realm. If a community is designed in a way that can accommodate both an eight-year-old and an eighty-year-old, then it is likely going to be safe and accessible for nearly everyone.

New and revised Official Plan policies will aim to enhance quality of life, as well as opportunities for active transportation and social interaction for people of all ages.

Your ideas and vision are important!

What changes would you like to see?

  • Do you think that the current policies reflect the needs of people of all ages (i.e. children, youth, young adults, adults, and seniors) and abilities?
  • How do you think that land use planning policies can enhance quality of life for everyone?
  • What types of public spaces and private spaces can help build liveable, age-friendly communities?
  • Please provide any other comments you have for consideration in the development of new policies.