March 26, 2014
County maps out community sustainability and action plan
Community-centred planning is seen as an opportunity to guide future decision-making
A report approved by County Council this evening recommends the development of a community sustainability plan to guide future decision-making on a range of issues, including new landfill development.
Council Report CAO 2014-04, “Community Sustainability and Action Plan,” is County staff’s response to a resolution last October asking the Community & Strategic Planning Office to look into amending the County’s Official Plan to deter or discourage new landfill development.
The recommendation to develop a community sustainability plan was proposed by Planning staff as a preferred approach to defending potential policy challenges and decisions at an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing. Past experience has shown Official Plan policies not created through solid background studies are often unsuccessful. The OMB is the provincial body that adjudicates disputes or appeals related to municipal planning.
Community sustainability plans focus on long-term planning for social, environmental and financial well-being and hinge the participation of well informed and engaged citizens. In developing a framework for decision-making on issues that have the greatest impact on our future, a sustainability plan shared among all eight of Oxford’s municipalities can be used to guide planning for source water protection, caring for an aging population, waste management and other concerns.
With Council’s approval in place, the Ad Hoc Committee will begin planning for the recruitment of citizens to a community-based steering committee for the project, with progress on that work expected for June this year. County Council members appointed to the Community Sustainability Ad Hoc Committee this evening include Warden Don McKay, Deputy Warden Margaret Lupton, and Councillors Ted Comiskey, Marion Wearn and Pat Sobeski. The Town of Tillsonburg and the Townships of Norwich and South-West Oxford have been asked to appoint an Area Municipal Councillor to represent their local councils on the Ad Hoc Committee.
The submission of the final Community Sustainability Plan to County Council is expected for June 2015.
“A community sustainability plan builds on some of the accomplishments we already have in place, including the recent County Strategic Plan as well as the work taking place in each municipality to plan for livable, sustainable communities. Particularly when it comes to waste management issues, we want to present from a position of strength that is evident by our current success in diverting residential waste from landfill, and in the careful and comprehensive planning we’ve undertaken together in mapping out a sustainable future.”
- Peter Crockett, CAO, County of Oxford
Tommasina Conte | Strategic Communication & Engagement
519.539.9800, ext. 3503 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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