The minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, through recent correspondence, has suggested that municipalities may wish to consider an interim pause on significant planning decisions in light of upcoming policy changes. Whereas the former Town of Paris is seeing significant residential growth which is creating infrastructure demands that are not yet addressed; and whereas council has directed staff to bring forward a county-wide growth management strategy (Staging of Development) for Council's consideration. Staff is currently in the process of preparing a new Developement Charges By-law, and in the process of bringing forward the Paris Master Servicing Study update.
Now therefore Council directs staff to consider any new area studies, or area study addenda for residential draft plans of subdivision and applications for residential plans of subdivision, other than those already accepted and deemed complete or currently before the LPAT or having received the status of draft plan approval, as premature until such time as the following have occured:
1. The Province of Ontario has adopted Provincial wide policy changes as outlined in the attached letter from the Minister of Municipal Affairs Steven Clark;
2. The Paris Master Servicing Study update is approved by Council;
3. The Growth Management Strategy (staging of development) is approved by Council
4. The new Development Charges By-Law is adopted by Council and through any appeal period; and
5. Any necessary budget funding is in place and allocated to provide for the necessary infrastructure in support of the accompanying growth.