Future of Southwest Middlesex discussed

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SOUTHWEST MIDDLESEX - The future of Southwest Middlesex was discussed with planning consultants from Monteith Brown at the last council meeting.

The presentation and recommendations from Monteith Brown was part of the Official Community Plan (OCP) review, an update of where and how people can live, work, farm and shop in the municipality.

The next step will be a public meeting scheduled for Aug. 24. The OCP was last updated in 2007.

Updates that are mandated by the Province will include goals for affordable housing, and allowing additional residential units where homes already exist.

“It would permit additional residential units in settlement areas as well as rural areas up to a maximum of three units,” explained consultant Eric Steele.

“It would be the primary dwelling units, an accessory unit within the primary dwelling, as well as potentially an accessory unit within a separate building,” he said, adding there are criteria around the uses of the land.

This is separate from granny or garden suites, which will now be temporarily allowed up to 20 years instead of only 10.

Important to Southwest Middlesex is the provincial mandated allowance of diversified agricultural uses from its 2020 Provincial Policy Statement.

They must still be agricultural in nature, but loosen the restrictions on what that can be. These can be commercial uses like farmers’ markets, repair shops, and food processing -- as long as they do not impact the surrounding farm work.

If anyone wants to keep up with all the details on the Official Plan before the public meeting, they can see all the documents at southwestmiddlesex.ca/services/planning-services.

Chris Gareau, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner

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