Bruce County considers smaller agricultural lots

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Bruce County’s Planning and Development Committee has asked staff to initiate an amendment to the County Official Plan to add policy criteria for consideration of smaller agricultural lots.

A report also directs staff to update the policies on industrial and commercial uses in agricultural areas.

The Committee previously expressed interest in identifying opportunities to advance policy changes or tools in the near-term to support development objectives.

And a review of feedback on the Plan the Bruce: Agriculture project identified policy changes to support that.

Policy changes could include more policy detail to support proposals for smaller new agricultural lots and broadening permitted uses to reflect more flexible Provincial policy and guidelines.

One intended outcome of these changes would be to reduce the number of routine site-specific Official Plan Amendments that are required under current Official Plan policies.