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Planning Department

The Planning Department establishes policies, regulations and standards guiding land use and development in Mississippi Mills and ensures compliance with provincial building regulations.

The Planning Department deals with all matters that fall under the Planning Act including plans of subdivisions, consents, official plan amendments, zoning by-law amendments, minor variances, and site plan control.


Zoning

The Town of Mississippi Mills Zoning By-law 11-83 regulates the use of land and the erection, use, bulk, height and spacing of and other matters relating to buildings and structures. It also prohibits certain uses of land and the erection and use of certain structures in the Town.

Zoning Maps

Agricultural (A) Zone

Rural (RU) Zone

Residential First Density (R1) Zone

Residential Second Density (R2) Zone

Residential Third Density (R3) Zone

Residential Fourth Density (R4) Zone

Rural Residential (RR) Zone

Limited Service Residential (LSR) Zone

Agricultural Commercial (C1) Zone

Downtown Commercial (C2) Zone

Highway Commercial (C3) Zone

Shopping Centre Commercial (C4) Zone

Rural Commercial (C5) Zone

Tourist Commercial (C6) Zone

Local Commercial (C7) Zone

Village Core (V) Zone

Business Park (E1) Zone

Light Industrial (M1) Zone

Medium Industrial (M2) Zone

Agricultural Industrial (M3) Zone

Rural Industrial (M4) Zone

Community Facility (I) Zone

Parkland and Open Space (OS) Zone

Mineral Aggregate Pit (MP) Zone

Mineral Aggregate Quarry (MQ) Zone

Mineral Aggregate Reserve (MR) Zone

Environmental Hazard (EH) Zone

Environmental Protection (EP) Zone

Development (D) Zone

 Waste Disposal (WD) Zone


Community Official Plan

The Mississippi Mills Community Official Plan (COP) is a legal document containing the goals, objectives and policies which guide the development, growth and change of the Municipality of Mississippi Mills. This Plan is intended to assist Council and its various committees, municipal staff, developers, government agencies and the public in their efforts to maintain and strengthen the environmental, economic, physical and social fabric of the Municipality of Mississippi Mills.

Official Plan Schedules

Updating the Community Official Plan

Currently, the Municipality is initiating the consultation stages of updating the existing Community Official Plan (COP). The COP was last adopted by Council in 2006 and as mandated by the province municipalities must review and update their COPs every five (5) years. The Municipality began the COP review nine (9) years ago. Over the past nine years, the Municipality has held a number of Council meetings, special meetings, public meetings, information sessions, and has made numerous amendments to the proposed COP amendment.

As provincially mandated the COP must encompass all of the properties within Mississippi Mills. Additionally, the province dictates that municipalities must adopt an Official Plan. The COP is intended to assist the Public, Council and its various committees, municipal staff, developers, and government agencies in their efforts to maintain and strengthen the environmental, economic, physical and social fabric of the Municipality.

One component that is new to the COP is the inclusion of Natural Heritage Systems (NHS). The Province requires that municipalities identify NHS in eco-regions 6E and 7Eš. Eco-regions within the Municipality of Mississippi Mills include 6E and therefore the updated COP must incorporate NHS. For further details on how the NHS may impact you, please refer to the attached frequently asked questions document.

Members of the public will also be able to view maps and read the draft COP amendment at the Municipal Office, Almonte Old Town Hall, and both public library branches. Documents can also be downloaded from the below links.

Lastly, in order to address commonly asked questions, the Municipality has prepared a FAQ document available on our website with hard copies available at the Municipal Office, Almonte Old Town Hall, and both public library branches.

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**REMINDER**

NOTICE OF STATUTORY OPEN HOUSE AND PUBLIC MEETING
CONCERNING
PROPOSED OFFICIAL PLAN AMENDMENT NO. 21
(FIVE YEAR COMMUNITY OFFICIAL PLAN REVIEW)

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Municipality of Mississippi Mills will hold a series of Open Houses and Statutory Public Meeting, pursuant to Sections 17(16) and 17(17) of the Planning Act, respecting the Municipality's Five Year Community Official Plan Review. 

OPEN HOUSES:

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

TOPIC

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Almonte Old Town Hall (Auditorium), 14 Bridge St, Almonte

Almonte Ward and Urban Subdivision policies

Tuesday,
March 27, 2018

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Clayton Community Centre, 147 Linn Bower Lane, Clayton

Rural / Hamlets / Natural Heritage System / Environment policies

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Stewart Community Centre, 112 MacFarlane St, Pakenham

Agriculture policies

Thursday, March 29, 2018

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Almonte Community Centre (Upper Hall), 182 Bridge St, Almonte

A general session for questions pertaining to any policies within the Community Official Plan

The purpose of the Open Houses are to provide the public with the opportunity to review and ask questions about the information and material, including a copy of the current proposed plan, with representatives of the Municipality in an informal setting. 

PUBLIC MEETING:
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm

The purpose of the Public Meeting is to give the public an opportunity to make representations in respect of the current proposed plan.

Public Meeting will be held at:  Mississippi Mills Municipal Offices, 3131 Old Perth Road, Almonte

Additional, non-statutory meetings of Council to review the content of the proposed plan and review comments heard by the public are advertised on the municipal website: http://www.mississippimills.ca/en/townhall/planning.asp

Purpose and Effect of the Proposed Amendment:

Section 26(1) of the Planning Act, requires that official plans be reviewed and updated not less frequently than every five years.  The Municipality of Mississippi Mills' present Community Official Plan was adopted by Council December 13, 2005 and approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing August 29, 2006.  The Mississippi Mills Community Official Plan Five Year Review will update and refine the goals, objectives, policies and schedules of the existing Community Official Plan in keeping with Provincial Policies and the Planning Act R.S.O. 1990, Chapter P.13, as amended by the Planning and Conservation Land Statute Law Amendment Act, 2006.

A key map is not provided as the Official Plan Amendment applies to the entire Municipality of Mississippi Mills.

A copy of the plan amendment and information and material is available to the public for inspection at the Municipality of Mississippi Mills, Building and Planning Department, 3131 Old Perth Road, Mississippi Mills Public Library, Almonte Branch, 155 High Street, Almonte, and Pakenham Branch, 128 MacFarlane Street, Pakenham.

If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Municipality of Mississippi Mills on the proposed official plan Amendment No. 21, you must make a written request to Municipality of Mississippi Mills, 3131 Old Perth Road, P.O. Box 400, Almonte, Ontario K0A 1A0.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Municipality of Mississippi Mills before the proposed official plan Amendment No. 21 is adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the Municipality of Mississippi Mills to the Ontario Municipal Board.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to Municipality of Mississippi Mills before the proposed official plan Amendment No. 21 is adopted, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

Dated at Mississippi Mills this 9th day of March, 2018

Niki Dwyer, Director of Planning
Municipality of Mississippi Mills
3131 Old Perth Rd, PO Box 400
Almonte, ON   K0A 1A0
Ph. (613) 256-2064 ext. 259
Fax (613) 256-4887
Website: www.mississippimills.ca


NEXT STEPS

Over the past nine years, the Municipality has held a number of special meetings, public meetings and information sessions regarding various proposed amendments and concept plans for the Community Official Plan.

  • Open Houses: Various dates (refer to table above)

The purpose of the Open Houses is to provide the public with the opportunity to review and ask questions about the information and material, including a copy of the updated proposed plan, with representatives of the Municipality in an informal setting.

  • Council Meeting:  Tuesday, April 24, 2018

JL Richards will consolidate and provide to Council a summary of the comments from the open houses / drop-in sessions and will have an overview of the proposed changes to the Community Official Plan.  This meeting will take place at the Municipal Office (3131 Old Perth Road).  Council will provide further direction and comment to JL Richards.

  • Formal Public Meeting Under the Planning Act: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

The purpose of the Public Meeting is to give the public an opportunity to make representations in respect of the modified proposed plan.  Public Meeting will be held at Mississippi Mills Municipal Offices, 3131 Old Perth Road, Almonte.

  • Report to Council: Tuesday, June 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Following the public meeting, municipal staff and JL Richards will consolidate comments and feedback received from the public and Council, and prepare a report to Council. Council will provide further direction and comment to JL Richards.  Location of meeting to be determined.

  • Final COP Prepared and Adopted: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

JL Richards will prepare a final version of the COP for Council's consideration and approval.

  • County Approval: By December 31, 2018

The County will consider the proposed COP and makes any amendments/comments before approving the plan. The County has 180 days to complete this phase.

  • Notice of Approval: Date to be announced

The Municipality and the County of Lanark will provide public notice that the COP has been approved.

  • Appeal Period: Date to be announced

Following County approval any person or public body who made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions may appeal the decision within 20 days from the date notice is given.

How can I stay informed?

The Municipality regularly updates its website with new and relevant information. You can also subscribe to our newsfeed to receive notices and updates or follow us on Facebook.  The Planning Department is available to address your questions or comments. Please e-mail us at town@mississippimills.ca or call 613-256-2064.

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Mississippi Mills Official Plan Review and Update - Environment Land Use Policies Options

Resolution 92-18

Agriculture Lands Review

Resolution 110-18