Public Consultations

Upcoming Public Consultations

There are no scheduled public consultation meetings at this time. Please see a list of projects below that are still open for additional comment.

Small Homes

The County of Prince Edward is undertaking a review of issues and options related to the development of small homes.

Currently for many zones, the Comprehensive Zoning By-law establishes a minimum gross floor area of 75 square metres for a single-detached home. Public views and opinions are sought to determine the general desirability for small homes, whether small homes are viewed to assist with housing affordability, and any specific issues related to this topic.

Have your say: What is meant by “small homes”? Are small homes desirable? If so, how and where might small homes be best accommodated?

If you would like to share your views and opinions, please refer to the Small Homes Discussion Paper and Questionnaire. Hard copies of the document are also available at Shire Hall (332 Picton Main Street) during regular business hours.

More information: Please contact Paul Walsh, Manager of Planning, at 613.476.2148 ext. 2025 or


Past Public Consultations

Below you will find information relating to recently held public consultations and projects undergoing development and still open for comment. 

Official Plan Review

An open house and special Council meeting took place on Tuesday, March 6 to receive comments from the public on the draft Official Plan, dated February 2018.

The new draft of the Official Plan includes policy revisions based on:

• Feedback provided at a special Council meeting held on April 28, 2016.
• Additional community input following the April 28, 2016 special meeting of Council.
• The Land Evaluation and Area Review (LEAR) study of agricultural lands.
• Recent changes to provincial guidelines and legislation.

For more information and to view the latest draft of the Official Plan and accompanying schedules, please visit

Have your say: You are invited to comment in writing through the Clerk at 332 Picton Main Street, Picton, Ontario, K0K 2T0. For more information, please contact Bernard Shalka, Official Plan Coordinator, at 613.476.2148 ext. 2023 or

Farm Tax Ratio

County Council must pass a by-law each year to set the property class tax ratios. Tax ratios distribute the tax burden between property classes. When setting the tax ratios, Council can either:

• Maintain the previous year’s property class tax ratios for the current tax year.

• Establish a new tax ratio for any class that is closer to or within the ranges of fairness set out by the Province of Ontario.

• Adopt a revised 'revenue neutral tax ratio' to mitigate the impact of property value reassessment.

At the Committee of the Whole meeting held on Nov. 16, 2017, the Prince Edward Federation of Agriculture (PEFA) made a delegation requesting that Council reduce the farm tax ratio from the current 25% of the residential rate to 20% for 2018 and beyond.

Council received PEFA’s delegation and asked staff to provide a report in January 2018 examining the possible implications of reducing the farm tax ratio to 20% of the residential rate.

Click here to view the Farm Tax Ratio Analysis

Special Committee of the Whole Meeting

Mayor Robert Quaiff called a special Committee of the Whole meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22 to receive comments from the public regarding the farm tax ratio issue. 

Council is scheduled to consider the issue at the March 13 regular meeting, which will take place at 7 pm in the Council Chambers at Shire Hall (332 Picton Main Street, Picton).

Development Charges By-Law

The Council of the County of Prince Edward passed a By-law for the Imposition of Development Charges on March 1, 2018 under section 12 of the Development Charges Act, 1997, S.O. 1997 c27.

Any person or organization may appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board under Section 14 of the Act, in respect of the Development Charges By-law, by filing a notice of appeal with the Clerk of the County of Prince Edward on or before April 10, 2018. The notice of appeal must set out the objection to the by-law and the reasons supporting the objection.

The County has published a pamphlet summarizing the development charges policy and the schedule of development charges imposed by the by-law. Click here to view the development charges pamphlet

Review process

The County worked with Watson and Associates to create the new development charges by-law. The consulting firm wrote a draft background study. The background study documents the anticipated development, increase in needs for services, capital cost estimates, and policies for imposing the charges.

The County of Prince Edward hosted public consultations for the new development charges by-law:

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 
Wellington and District Community Centre – Rotary Hall
111 Belleville Street, Wellington, Ontario

• 10 am – Consultation with developers
• 2 pm – Consultation with agriculture and affordable housing stakeholders, and campground and trailer park owners and operators. 

The sessions provided more information about the study's recommendations. County staff and representatives from Watson and Associates attended to answer questions.

Watson and Associates prepared several summaries of the current development charges policies and the proposed changes in the development charges background study.

Development Charges Summary for Agriculture Stakeholders

Development Charges Summary for Affordable Housing Stakeholders

Development Charges Summary for Campground and Trailer Park Owners and Operators

More information: Contact Amanda Carter, Director of Finance, at 613.476.2148 ext. 1502 or