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A special meeting of council was held earlier this evening to review the town’s official plan. This document which is updated every ten years or so establishes the basis of Parry Sound’s policy with respect to future development.  The town’s official plan was last updated in any significant manner in 1997. Much has happened in the spheres of municipal, regional, provincial and federal policy over that period.

There was relatively little discussion by council of the new draft official plan despite the fifteen year interval. It was presented to council as largely a variation on the existing plan that accommodated certain provincial requirements and initiatives, as well as local developments.

The draft plan will be made available online to the general public in the next few days with the expectation that a general public presentation and discussion will be scheduled for November. After that series of meetings and reviews the plan will be revised, reviewed by council one last time, and submitted to the province for their review and comment. This in time will lead to an ‘official’ Official Town Plan sometime in 2013 by my estimation.

It’s worth reviewing the draft plan as endorsed by council to understand how it will impact local development. Once I’ve had a chance to review it I may provide my thoughts on the plan and what it means for Parry Sound.

Council also approved a resolution to support the status quo with respect to the current federal electoral boundaries.

That’s it, the meeting was over in an hour.

Bridge Art – Fish (click for larger image)

Bridge Atrt - Fish