Dear HIRA Member,
The Official Plan (OP) is a LAND USE PLANNING DOCUMENT designed to give guidance to Council and others on how the municipality should develop over the future and ensure that future planning will meet the specific needs of the community. The Province requires the municipality to review the OP every five years.
The Township held the first public meeting on April 16, 2008 on Howe followed by a meeting on Wolfe with an identical format and the same questions. The consultant, retained by the Township, requested residents to outline their thoughts, ideas, concerns, etc. with an understanding that such items of interest would be addressed during the OP review.
A draft has been distributed and will be presented at an open house at St. Philomena Parish Hall on July 29. It is anticipated that Council will adopt the OP at the public meeting on Wolfe Island on August 5. The draft is available on the Township’s website, HIRA has a few hard copies for distribution and it’s on www.howeisland.org.
The HIRA board has reviewed the OP and has a number of concerns that they will present at the open house; however, if you have a concern of a specific nature, please contact Brian Humphrys at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is your opportunity to express your thoughts on how the island should develop. If you do not make a presentation, either written or oral, you may lose your right to appeal before the OMB.
We urge you to attend the July 29 open house from 5:00-8:00pm to support your HIRA board.