Lennox and Addington County Official Plan Update

Take notice that Lennox & Addington County will hold a Special Meeting of Council (Virtual) pursuant to Section 17 and 26(3) of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13, as amended, for the purposes of discussing the County’s Official Plan update.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.  virtually (via zoom.)

The purpose of the official plan update is to update the County Official Plan and ensure that it has appropriate regard for matters of Provincial interest and is consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement, 2020.

On May 1, 2020, a new version of the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS), issued under the Planning Act, came into effect. The 2020 PPS replaced the 2014 PPS that was issued on April 30, 2014. The current County Official Plan implements the 2014 PPS. In accordance with Section 26(1) of the Planning Act, a municipality is required to revise their Official Plan to be consistent with policy statements issued under the Planning Act. In this regard, the County Official Plan requires updating to be consistent with the 2020 PPS.

The County’s current Official Plan was approved by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on March 15, 2016 and is a long-range planning document that sets out policy to guide growth, land use planning and development approvals in the County to the year 2036. The Official Plan sets out population growth estimate of 9,395 and employment growth forecast of 2,552.

The County is engaging the Province, Local Area Municipalities, Indigenous communities, County Council, Conservation Authorities, the public and other stakeholders, to obtain input on the Official Plan update.  The updated Official Plan will establish the overall pattern of development and environmental management in the County and sets the stage for more detailed local planning. The Official Plan update applies to the four Local Area Municipalities in the County, which includes Addington Highlands, Greater Napanee, Loyalist, and Stone Mills.

The purpose of the Special Meeting of Council is to discuss the Official Plan update process and to confirm for Council, the public, and the Province as the Approval Authority, the updates that will be required to the County Official Plan under Section 26 of the Planning Act to ensure that it has appropriate regard for matters of Provincial interest and is consistent with the PPS, 2020.  It is an introductory public meeting intended to provide an opportunity for interested parties to offer comments on the revisions that may be required during the Official Plan update process.

The Official Plan update includes matters such as the following:

  • Clarifying policies related to market-based and affordable housing needs;
  • Enhancing policies on municipal engagement with Indigenous communities through the land use planning process;
  • Increasing the minimum requirements to accommodate residential growth through designated/available land supply from 10 to 15 years, extending the planning horizon from up to 20 years, to up to 25 years and employment area planning beyond the 25-year horizon;
  • Permitting partial servicing for new development in rural areas and communal servicing for multi-unit development where services are not available, planned or feasible; and,
  • Permitting additional residential development on rural lands, including lot creation that is locally appropriate.

Throughout the Official Plan process there will be additional opportunities for the public to review draft documents and to provide comments to Council and staff, including an Open House and Statutory Public Meeting that will occur prior to County Council considering the adoption of any proposed Official Plan Amendment(s).

This proposed amendment applies to all lands that are within the County of Lennox and Addington and for this reason no map is provided with this notice.

Any person or public body may watch the Special Meeting of Council and provide a written submission regarding revisions that may be required as part of the Official Plan update.

If you would like to speak at the public meeting, please register in advance by calling the County Clerk’s Office at 613-354-4883 extension 3368.  

Written submissions may be sent to the attention of the County Clerk by email or via regular mail to County Clerk’s Office at 97 Thomas Street East, Napanee, ON K7R 4B9 by no later than noon on Wednesday, June 15th, 2022 and will form part of the public record.

For more information about this matter, including information about preserving your appeal rights, please contact Stephen Paul, Director, Community & Development Services at 613-354-4883 extension 3234.

If you wish to be notified of County Council’s adoption of the Official Plan Amendment, you must make a written request to the Clerk at the address cited below.  The approval authority for the Official Plan Amendment following Council adoption will be the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Additional information relating to the proposed Official Plan Amendment is available on the County’s website or for inspection at the County office during regular office hours.

Dated at the County of Lennox & Addington this 12th  day of May, 2022.

Tracey McKenzie, Clerk
County of Lennox and Addington
97 Thomas Street East
Napanee, ON  K7R 4B9

613-354-4883 ext. 3368


Notice of Collection, Use and Disclosure

All Personal Information is collected and will be used to support Council in their deliberations and decision making, and by staff, about what revisions may be required to the plan, in accordance with sections 17 and 26 of the Planning Act and disclosed in full, including names, opinions, addresses and email, to any other persons requesting access to these records, or published as part of a public agenda; all information submitted to the County is subject to the Municipal Freedom of Information Act (MFIPPA).  Questions about this notice of collection should be directed to the County Clerk’s Office 613-354-4883 ext. 3368.