This is a brief report to HIRA members on the Township of Frontenac Islands Council meeting which took place May 7, 2018 at the Township offices on Howe Island. Two of our directors attended the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the proposed Official Plan amendment regarding additional severances for Frontenac Islands.
This meeting of Council was a follow-up meeting to the one held on April 9, 2018 on the same subject matter. See the HIRA Briefing Note dated April 10, 2018. At the April 9th meeting of Council, staff recommended that FOR WOLFE ISLAND ONLY, the number of severances permitted with respect to a lot existing on January 1, 1985 would be changed from three to four and the number of severances permitted with respect to a lot existing on January 1, 1985 for Howe Island would remain at three.
Following a presentation by Megan Rueckwald, Community Planner with the County of Frontenac, input from the public was invited. The main thrust of public comment was that until the transportation/ferry issues on Howe Island are adequately addressed and improved, no consideration should be given to changing the number of permitted severances on Howe Island.
It was emphasized that with respect to Howe Island, planning staff must take into consideration, in priority to all other issues arising in connection with planning for the future of Howe Island, that there is but one issue that is of concern to Howe Islanders, and that issue is adequate and efficient ferry service.
At the conclusion of meeting, Council directed planning staff to prepare an Official Plan Amendment and adopting By-Law for Council’s meeting on June 11, 2018. This Amendment will reflect the change from three to four permitted severances for Wolfe Island; for Howe island there will be no change.