Beachburg, ON – Dave Mackay, President of the Renfrew County National Farmers Union reports that it was recommended the agricultural community participate in the present discussions leading to revisions to the Renfrew County Official Plan. The proper designation of agriculture lands within the county boundaries are very important considering agriculture is the biggest primary industry in Renfrew County producing anywhere between 90 and 100 million dollars annually. The current official plan was put in place in 2003 and is reviewed every five years to ensure that it is aligned with current provincial policy statement.
Mackay stated, “At one of our regular meetings it was brought to our attention that there are certain unclear issues surrounding the designation of agriculture lands and many residents are not at all familiar with the present official plan.” What the Renfrew County NFU hopes to achieve is for property owners to better understand what is in the current County Official Plan and why there appear to be different regulations from one area of the County to another.
Mr. Charles Cheesman, manager of planning services at the county has offered to attend a public meeting to bring residents up to speed as to what the present requirements for agricultural lands are under the present official plan. Out of this meeting if there are any other issues which should be addressed, then the Renfrew County NFU may put forward those recommendations in accordance with NFU policy already in place.
Mackay concluded, “This will be just a round table information and discussion meeting with Mr. Cheesman around issues pertaining to agricultural lands in Renfrew County. It will give us a chance over the winter to come up with possible recommendations to the Renfrew County Official Plan. The scheduled meeting will take place on Monday, October 1st at 7:30 p.m. at the Barr Line Community Centre. We encourage rural residents to come out to learn more about the rules and regulations pertaining to their property.
For more information: Dave Mackay 613-582-7379
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