Shared: Penetaguishene draft official plan aims to balance growth and environmental protection
Penetanguishene has made changes to their draft official plan in an attempt to protect the natural environment, while also giving the municipality room to grow.
An initial draft plan, released in July, classified a majority of the town’s land under two natural heritage designations, which either allowed for no development or put significant constraints on development.
Of the some 300 comments the town received regarding this plan, many were around the natural heritage system and its restrictive policies.
“Under the current official plan no one is permitted to create a lot in a rural area. Based on public consultation and conversations with council and staff, we felt that was a bit to prohibitive. So, we have allowed for some flexibility with lot…