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The Township of Whitewater Region has initiated a three-phase work plan for an Official Plan Policy Review. The Three Stages of the Work Plan are summarized as follows:

Stage 1: Background Review/Issues Analysis

  • Background Data Collection
  • Preliminary Issues Review
  • Visioning
  • Issues Report
  • Goals, Objectives and Actions Report
  • Public Consultation

Stage 2: Draft Policy Preparation

  • Draft Goals, Objectives and Policies
  • Agency Circulation
  • Public Consultation

Stage 3: Formal Public Approval

  • Formal Council Public Meeting under the Planning Act
  • Formal Adoption and Approval Process

Stage 1: Background Review and Issues Analysis of the work plan is under the guidance and direction of a project Steering Committee. This Stage is a six (6) month work plan to be carried out over the time period from February to July, 2006. At the end of Stage 1, the Steering Committee will recommend goals, objectives and policy approaches to be addressed in Stage 2: Draft Policy Preparation and Review. Council will decide on whether to proceed with a new Township Official or an Amendment to the County Official Plan to implement the recommendations of Stage 1 of the Work Plan. The role of the Steering Committee in Stage 2 of the Work Plan will also be reviewed by Council at that time.

Stage 1 Work Plan

The Stage 1 will include the following steps:

  • Background data collection: Including such matters as physical environment, built environment, community services, provincial interests, emerging land use and planning trends, and population trends.
  • Preliminary Issues Report: Identifies a preliminary list of issues based on background data collection and consultations with the Steering Committee.
  • Visioning: A visioning session will be held to with the Steering Committee to review the existing community profile and emerging trends, and future development scenarios leading to the development of a vision for the Whitewater Region Community.
  • Public Meeting: To obtain community input on the vision and preliminary list of issues.
  • Issues and Options Report: Options would be prepared to address the identified issues. The options would be developed in consultation with the Steering Committee.
  • Goals, Objectives and Actions Report: Goals and objectives would be developed based upon the Community Vision. Recommended actions to address the identified issues would be drafted.
  • Public Consultation: The recommended goals, objectives and policy approaches to address identified issues would be presented to the public.

An official plan describes your local or county or regional council’s policies on how land in your community should be used. It is prepared with input from you and your fellow citizens and helps to ensure that future planning and development will meet the specific needs of your community.

An official plan deals mainly with issues such as:

  • where new housing, industry, offices and shops will go
  • what services like roads, watermains, sewers, parks and schools will be needed
  • when and in what order parts of your community will grow

Why do you need an official plan?

Your municipality’s official plan:

  • lets the public know what the municipality’s general land use planning policies are
  • makes sure that growth is coordinated and meets you community needs
  • helps all members of your community understand how their land can be used now and in the future
  • helps decide where roads, watermains, sewers, garbage dumps, parks and other services will go
  • provides a framework for setting local regulations and standards like the size of lots and height of buildings
  • provides a way to evaluate and settle conflicting land uses while meeting local, regional and provincial interests
  • shows your council’s commitment to the planned growth of your community

The Township of Whitewater Region has adopted the County’s Official Plan that was approved with modifications by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on June 16, 2003.


What is a zoning by-law?

A zoning by-law controls the use of land in your community. It states exactly:

  • how land may be used
  • where buildings and other structures can be located
  • the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used
  • the lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks from the street

An official plan sets out your municipality’s general policies for future land use. Zoning by-laws put the plan into effect and provide for its day-to-day administration. They contain specific requirements that are legally enforceable. Construction or new development that doesn’t comply with the zoning by-law is not allowed, and the municipality will refuse to issue a building permit.

Our municipality has three comprehensive zoning by-law that divides the municipality into different land use zones, with detailed maps. The by-law specifies the permitted uses (e.g. commercial or residential) and the required standards (e.g. building size and location) in each zone. We also have free-standing zoning by-laws that cover only certain developments or subdivisions.

Former Village of Cobden Zoning Bylaw
Former Township of Ross Zoning Bylaw
Former Township of Westmeath Zoning Bylaw
*The above Zoning By-laws may not necessarily reflect all zoning amendments approved since the original zoning by-law was passed. Please contact the Municipal Office if updated zoning information is required.”

Why do you need a zoning by-law?

A zoning by-law:

  • implements the objectives and policies of the municipality’s official plan
  • provides a legal way of managing land use and future development
  • protects you from conflicting and possibly dangerous land uses in you community.


The Township of Whitewater Region was invited by the Ministry of Natural Resources to attend a meeting at its offices on March 19, 2012 concerning the Muskrat Lake water quality issue. In attendance at the meeting were representatives from the Ministries of Natural Resources, Environment, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Renfrew County and District Heath Unit.

All groups in attendance had the opportunity to exchange dialogue and identify their concerns. CLICK HERE to view the notes from this meeting.

Council will continue to keep residents informed of any future developments on its website.