04 May

NOTICE: Planning adapts services during COVID-19

Planning staff at the County of Prince Edward are finding new ways to provide planning-related services to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As they work remotely, staff members are continuing to process development applications and work on major policy planning projects.

County Council will consider planning applications at its upcoming virtual meetings on May 12 and May 26. The sessions will address the public meeting requirements under the Planning Act.

Residents will be able to live stream the meetings via the County’s website and participate in the meetings by contacting the Clerk’s Department at clerks@pecounty.on.ca at least one day before the meeting date. Residents can also submit written comments on development applications to the Secretary-Treasurer Pam Thompson (pthompson@pecounty.on.ca) prior to the meetings.

The County continues to give notice of Planning Act applications as required by regulation, which have been adapted in response to emergency measures. This includes direct mail and advertisements in local newspapers. Further details about the development applications are posted on the County’s new public engagement platform, HaveYourSay.TheCounty.ca. People who are interested in a development application can access related materials and post comments.

New public engagement guideline for developers

The Planning Department has outlined for developers the alternative strategies they can use to engage the public during the COVID-19 pandemic when gatherings of more than five people are not permitted under provincial order, making the typical open house/public meeting format difficult.

Development proponents can follow the interim guideline when completing applications for an Official Plan Amendment, Plan of Subdivision or Condominium, and Zoning By-law Amendment.

Click here to view the interim guideline for Alternative Public Engagement Strategies under the Planning Act.

Up to date information on the County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is posted on the County website: www.thecounty.ca/county-residents/covid-19.