Farm Worker Accommodation - Update June 2020

The draft amendment bylaws were reviewed by the ALC and the following changes were made to the OCP amendment bylaw:

  • The minimum lot size was increased to 4 hectares and for smaller farms, the need for farm worker accommodation as well as an overall net benefit to farming would need to be demonstrated.
  • A condition was included that the landowner's role in the farming operation must be described in the application.
  • The guideline with respect to removal or decommissioning was amended by requiring removal of the accommodation in the case of a manufactured or other temporary home, and decommissioning in the case of a more permanent structure.

The ALC indicated that the OCP bylaw as amended is acceptable.

Both amendment bylaws were considered by Council on February 24, 2020 and both bylaws were given first and second readings. A public hearing on the bylaws is scheduled for June 15, 2020.

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