Friday, December 4, 2009

Brant can Learn from Election Reform in Toronto

Election Reform Plan Not Enough

By Royson James, The Toronto Star, November 27 2009

Hallelujah! Corporate and union donations are just a step away from being banned from Toronto elections – and just in time for the anticipated titanic mayoral race of 2010. That means, if George Smitherman and John Tory want to spend $1 million each to solicit your vote for mayor, they must depend on individual donations of no more than $750 per person – not the influence-peddling contributions of corporations, which cumulatively can amount to tens of thousands.
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

First Urban's Requests to the Official Plan for Cainsville and East of Brantford

Special Planning Meeting re Cainsville and East of Brantford

A Special Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting is being held at 7 pm on Mon. Dec. 7 to review First Urban's requests related to submissions to the Official Plan review.

The Official plan is being reviewed next Thursday, Dec. 10.

Council will also review a report related these requests by David Johnston, head of Corporate Development Services for the County. The meeting on Dec. 7 is the last chance to review First Urban's requests and comment on them before the Official Plan is presented. A Special Council meeting before 8 pm will follow the Special PAC on the same night.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Latest Draft of the Official Plan (OP) is Out

The Official Plan spells out land use planning goals and policies that will guide the development and redevelopment of the County, the protection and management of farmland, natural and cultural heritage resources, and what infrastructure the county will build. This plan in intended to guide development in Brant until 2031, but the plan will be reviewed every five years.

Anyone may attend the meeting and/or provide written or verbal input to support or oppose the proposed Official Plan. If you do not make a verbal submission at the Public Meeting or a written submission before the Official Plan is adopted, it makes it more difficult for you to appeal the OP at a later date.

There will be a public meeting to give input on the proposed Official Plan.on Dec. 10 in St. George at the South Dumfries Community Centre, Upstairs Hall, 7 Gaukel Dr.. The Open House from 2 - 5 p.m. will be in the same location. Council will vote on the OP early in January.

If you want to be notified of the adoption of the proposed OP, let Jayne Carman know at or write to her at County of Brant, 26 Park Ave., P.O. Box. 160, Burford, ON, N0E 1A0. Copies of the OP can be reviewed at the County Customer Service Offices in Paris, St. George, Burford, Oakland and Onondaga during normal business hours, at the County's Public Library Branches, and on the County website at Copies of the OP cost $65,00, C.D.s are $18,00. If you have any questions or wish to make a submission contact Wendy Young at 519-442-6324 X3003 or email

If you need any help to review the Official Plan or would like to borrow a hard copy or disc, please contact

Draft Official Plan:

Official Plan - October 2009, Final Draft - Text Only

****NOTE: There is a typo on page 4-5, 4.2.13 which will be corrected in the final text: Grand River N. will change to Grand River S.

Official Plan - October 2009, Final Draft - Maps

Contact Us:

Please forward Official Plan Review comments to:

David Johnston, Director Development Services
County of Brant
66 Grand River Street North,
Paris, Ontario N3L 2M2