Notice of Passing of Community Improvement Plan Amendment - COVID-19

NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF AN AMENDMENT TO THE COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT PLAN (CIP)
BY THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF LAURENTIAN VALLEY
 
TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Laurentian Valley passed By-law No. 2020-07-031, on the 21st day of July, 2020, under Section 28 of the Planning Act, as amended.
 
PURPOSE, EFFECT & LOCATION OF AMENDMENT TO THE COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT PLAN (CIP)

The purpose of the Community Improvement Plan is to guide the Township of Laurentian Valley’s revitalization efforts to encourage the rehabilitation and improvement of privately held lands throughout the Township. The CIP previously adopted by Council established a package of grant programs to stimulate revitalization of the Township’s commercial areas and add value to existing agricultural uses and rural tourism areas.  The purpose of this amendment is to add an additional grant category for businesses to undertake improvements to meet COVID-19 health & safety recommendations and enable them to reopen or increase business operations.
 
Once approved by Council, the amendment to the Community Improvement Plan (CIP) will enable the Township to give financial incentives to business owners through a matching 50% grant for eligible expenditures on improvements/construction related to COVID-19 public health and safety improvements, up to a maximum grant of $5000.00. It is intended that the grant would retroactively cover eligible costs incurred retroactive to March 17, 2020, the beginning of the Provincial Emergency declaration due to COVID-19.  The Township intends to start accepting applications as soon as the appeal period is over so interested business owners should make sure to retain all receipts, quotes and proof of payment and express their interest to Township staff and monitor the website to be able to apply as soon as the application process is opened. The lands affected by the Community Improvement Plan include the entire Township and therefore, a key map is not attached.
 
EFFECT OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON DECISION
No oral submissions or written submissions were received by the Township prior to the public meeting from members of the public.  The only comments received from public bodies were oral comments from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing which resulted in minor wording clarifications in the version of the amendments as passed by Council.  No further approvals are required by MMAH and the amendment will come into effect following the last day for appeal if no appeals are received.
 
AND TAKE NOTICE that any individual, corporation or public body may appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) in respect of the By-law by filing no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday the 19th day of August, 2020, a notice of appeal with the Clerk of the Corporation of the Township of Laurentian Valley, which must set out the reasons for the appeal and must be accompanied by the prescribed fee of $300.00 payable to the Minister of Finance by certified cheque or money order.  The appeal must also be accompanied by the completed LPAT appeal form.  If you wish to appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), a copy of an appeal form is available from the Tribunal website at http://elto.gov.on.ca/tribunals/lpat/forms/  or by contacting the Township.
 
COPIES of the proposed Amendment to the Community Improvement Plan and any additional information are available on the Township website at www.lvtownship.ca or by contacting the Township Office at 613-735-6291 during regular office hours and arrangements can be made to either email or mail out any additional information.  Questions related to the Amendment to the Community Improvement Plan (CIP) should be directed to either Lauree Armstrong, Township Planner or Navada Sargent, Planning Coordinator.
 
Only individuals, corporations and public bodies may appeal a by-law to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).  A notice of appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group.  However, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or the group on its behalf. No person or public body shall be added as a party to the hearing of the appeal unless, before the by-law was passed, the person or public body made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to the council or, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.
 
Privacy Disclosure: As one of the purposes of the Planning Act is to provide for planning processes that are open and accessible, all written submissions, documents, correspondence, e-mails or other communications (including your name and address) form part of the public record and will be disclosed/made available by the Township to such persons as the Township deems appropriate, including anyone requesting such information.  Please note that by submitting any of this information, you are providing the Township with your consent to use and disclose this information as part of the planning process.
 
DATED at the Township of Laurentian Valley the 30th day of July, 2020.