Notice of Public Meeting for Regional Official Plan Amendment No. 19 (ROPA 19) 475-635 Canal Bank St., Welland

The Regional Municipality of Niagara will hold a public meeting pursuant to Section 17 of the Planning Act R.S.O. 1990, as amended, to discuss an amendment to the Regional Official Plan initiated by Armstrong Planning & Project Management on behalf of 555 Canal Bank Development GP Inc.

The amendment affects lands municipally known as 475, 555 and 635 Canal Bank St. within the City of Welland. The Regional Official Plan Amendment will consist of text and schedule changes to remove the subject employment lands from the Gateway Economic Centre designation on Schedule G2 in order to facilitate the change in land use from employment to residential.

The applications propose a mixed‐use subdivision that would allow for a maximum development of 870 residential dwelling units consisting of a mix of detached dwellings, semi‐detached dwellings and townhouse dwellings, a 4.0‐hectare mixed‐use employment block, a stormwater management pond, an elementary school, parks and open space on approximately 74 hectares of land.

Concurrent applications for a local Official Plan Amendment (OPA) 30, a Zoning By-law Amendment and Draft Plan of Subdivision have also been submitted to the City of Welland. The local and Regional Official Plan Amendments will be processed concurrently. Copies of the applications and supporting documents are available via the City’s website.

This statutory public meeting is being held during the Region’s Planning and Economic Development Committee under the Provisions of Section 17 of the Planning Act, as follows:

DATE: Wednesday, March 10, 2021

TIME: 1 p.m.

LOCATION: This meeting will be held virtually

Due to efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect all individuals, the Council Chamber at Regional Headquarters will not be open to the public to attend Committee meetings until further notice. Without the ability to provide oral submissions, and to view a live-stream meeting proceedings please visit the Region's website.

Your feedback on this proposed amendment is welcomed and encouraged. During this time, written comments are the preferred method of receiving public input. Written comments may be sent by mail or e-mail. You can also provide oral input by joining the electronic meeting.

To provide written input, please either mail your comments to the Office of the Regional Clerk, Niagara Region, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Ontario, L2V 4T7 or send an e-mail to clerk@niagararegion.ca by 9 a.m. on Friday, March 5, 2021.

To provide input orally at the remote public meeting, please pre-register with the Regional Clerk by sending an email to clerk@niagararegion.ca before noon on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. All registrants will be provided with instructions on how to use your computer, tablet or phone to participate in the remote electronic public meeting. Registrants will be notified of Council’s decision.

To request personal notice of Regional Council’s decision, please send a letter c/o Regional Clerk, Niagara Region, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, P.O. Box 1042, Thorold, Ontario L2V 4T7, or email clerk@niagararegion.ca.

For more information about the proposed amendment, including information on appeal rights, please contact Lindsay Earl, Senior Development Planner by phone at 905-980-6000 ext 3387or email: lindsay.earl@niagararegion.ca.

If you require any accommodations for a disability in order to participate in meetings or events, please let us know in advance so that arrangements can be made in a timely manner. Special accessibility accommodations and materials in alternate formats can be arranged by contacting the Niagara Region’s Accessibility Advisory Coordinator at 905-685-4225 ext. 3252 or accessibility@niagararegion.ca.

LEGAL NOTICE

The Planning Act

  1. If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Council of the Regional Municipality of Niagara on the proposed official plan amendment, you must make a written request to the Clerk c/o Regional Clerk, Niagara Region, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, P.O. Box 1042,Thorold, Ontario L2V 4T7, or email clerk@niagararegion.ca. Such requests must include the name and address to which such notice should be sent.

  2. If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of the Council of the Region of Niagara to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at the public meeting or make written submissions to the Region of Niagara before the proposed Official Plan Amendment is adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.

  3. If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Region of Niagara before the proposed Official Plan Amendment is adopted, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

  4. Any personal information is collected under the authority of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P. 13 and may be used in an appendix of a staff report, published in the meeting agenda, delegation list and/or the minutes of the public meeting and made part of the public record. The Region collects this information for the purposes of making informed decisions on the relevant issues and to notify interested parties of Council’s decisions. It may also be used to serve notice of a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal hearing. Information collected, used and disclosed is in accordance the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). Questions about this collection and disclosure should be directed to the Access & Privacy Office at 905-980-6000, ext. 3779 or FOI@niagararegion.ca.

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