No clunkers, parked trucks and buses or smelly goings on allowed under proposed new township land use rules

COE HILL — Forget about fixing your car in front of outside your house or shed if neighbours can see you at work.

wollaston-logo-webDon’t store or park your clunker cars, trucks or buses on your property. Nor may you use trucks and buses for outdoor storage or housing.

And don’t even think about setting up a race track for motor vehicles, such as motorcycles, snow mobiles or go-carts.

They’re some of the rules in the proposed Wollaston Township comprehensive zoning bylaw under consideration by township council.

A public meeting to explain the new rules is planned for Saturday, Aug. 22, 10 a.m. to noon in the Wollaston Community Centre in Coe Hill.

The 94-page package of regulations is a major overhaul of the township’s  30-year-old  comprehensive zoning bylaw.  The rules  regulate what property owners may do with their land in the township.

It’s intended to bring the township land rules into compliance with the Hastings County land use rules and new provincial regulations.

Click here to view the proposed comprehensive zoning bylaw: 21533-1.zba.jun2209

Click on the following links to see draft maps of the land use zones in the township (divided into quadrants).

Northwest: 08550 – Wollaston ZB (August 2009) Schedule A

Southwest: 08550 – Wollaston ZB (August 2009) Schedule B

Northeast: 08550 – Wollaston ZB (August 2009) Schedule C

Southeast: 08550 – Wollaston ZB (August 2009) Schedule D

In general, new  land use bylaws are not retroactive, but property owners should always ask for clarification from township officials before new rules are enacted.

Objections to the bylaw are best filed in writing before it is voted in by council, so a landowner retains  the option to appeal changes to the Ontario Municipal Board.  It’s too late to raise objections after the fact.

Click here for information about how to file an appeal. It costs $125.

Section 5.20 of the proposed Wollaston bylaw guarantees property owners the right to rebuild or repair of “legal non-conforming” structures that existed before the new zoning rules but don’t meet any new rules, so long as  use continues unchanged.

New rules generally kick in when a property owner wants to do something new or make changes to property or buildings.

Here’s a selection of regulations in the proposed  zoning bylaw ammendment:

  • Section 5.32 contains sweeping restrictions on parking, repairs and storage of vehicles or parts of vehicles.
  • Sections 5.35 and 5.36 ban truck, bus and coach bodies for storage or housing.
  • Section 5.21 bans people from using their land or buildings for  “obnoxious,” “nuisance” or “offensive” uses, like noise, vibrations, gas, smell, dust,”unsightly storage of goods” or incineration or disposal of “biomedical wastes, organic or inorganic chemical wastes or radioactive wastes.” Farms are exempt “in the case of agricultural uses operating in compliance with reasonable agricultural practices.”
  • Section 5.21 also bans setting up or using any track for racing of motorized vehicles, including motorcycles, go-carts and snowmobiles.
  • If you’re planning a “major development proposal” within 300 metres of Wollaston Lake, section 5.13 calls for completion of a “lake capacity study” as spelled out in the county official plan.  The section also requires environmental studies be done when development is proposed near designated natural areas.
  • Outside storage is now regulated in section 5.23, with requirements that essentially require goods be hidden from public view, not be stored in front of side yards or stored in parking or loading areas. Farming areas are exempt.
  • Outdoor furnaces are restricted only to rural zones by section 5.24, with a minimum setback of 100 metres from any residential land or 60 metres from any other lot line. A building permit is required to install a furnace, under the new bylaw.
  • Handicapped parking spots are now required in commercial areas, under section 5.22.3.  A minimum of two are required, with one spot required for every 500 square metres (5,382 square feet) of building space.
  • “Garden suites” are now allowed to beside houses for up to 10 years. Also known as granny flats, they must be behind the original house and may only be used by relatives of the property owner.

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