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Notice of Public Meeting for the proposed Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw amendments relating to the Town of Fort Erie Short Term Rental land-use study.

NOTICE OF COMPLETE PUBLIC MEETING- Town of Fort Erie Initiated Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments for Short-Term Rentals

DATE: Monday, September 11, 2023
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: This will be a hybrid meeting. Members of the public may attend the meeting in person in Council Chambers, Town Hall, 1 Municipal Centre Drive, or virtually via Zoom.

LOCATION OF SUBJECT LANDS
This Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendment affects all lands within the Town of Fort Erie.
PROPOSAL
The Town has initiated amendments to the Town of Fort Erie Official Plan and Zoning By-law 129-90 to implement recommendations to address the emergence of Short-Term Rentals (STRs) within the Town of Fort Erie, pursuant to Sections 17 and 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended.
The Official Plan Amendment (OPA) defines two types of STRs, outlines general policy goals and identifies where STRs are generally permitted. The Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBLA) defines STRs as commercial uses and permits them in specific zones as well as establishes regulations including parking, and size limitations.
The amendments will apply to the entire area of the Town of Fort Erie. The Town’s current Official Plan, which was approved in 2011, and the current Zoning By-law 129-90 will be amended.
Draft versions of the Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendment can be found on the Town of Fort Erie ‘Let’s Talk’ webpage: https://letstalk.forterie.ca/short-term-rentals-in-fort-erie-land-use-study

GETTING MORE INFORMATION
A copy of the Information Report will be available to the public by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6, 2023. The Information Report will be available in the Council agenda portion of the Town’s Web Site: www.forterie.ca or by contacting the undersigned.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Gerrit Boerema, Manager of Policy and Community Planning
Planning and Development Services Department
Town Hall, 1 Municipal Centre Drive
Fort Erie, ON L2A 2S6
905-871-1600 ext. 2504
gboerema@forterie.ca


PLANNING ACT LEGAL NOTICE REQUIREMENTS
If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make a written submission to Council before the proposed official plan and zoning amendment is adopted and approved, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of Council to the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT).

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to Council before the proposed official plan and zoning amendment is adopted and approved, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the
hearing of an appeal before the OLT unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

The Town of Fort Erie Council meeting live webcast will be streamed at
www.youtube.com/townofforterie or click on the YouTube icon on the home page of the Town’s website (www.forterie.ca).

PROVIDING YOUR COMMENTS OR REQUESTING NOTICE OF DECISION
If you wish to be notified of the adoption of the proposed Official Plan Amendment, or of the refusal of a request to amend the official plan, you must make a written request to c/o Ashlea Carter, Deputy Clerk, 1 Municipal Centre Drive, Fort Erie, Ontario, L2A 2S6 or an email to acarter@forterie.ca

Notice dated at the Town of Fort Erie this 10th day of August 2023.

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