Official Plan Amendment Application OPA-01-2020 - Draft Secondary Plan
The Ministry of Transportation has retained the firm WSP to undertake an Environmental Assessment (EA) study for improvements to the intersection of Highway #7 and Highway #15 up to and including 500m east of the Highway 7 and McNeely Avenue intersection in the Town of Carleton Place. In parallel with the EA, a Secondary Planning process is underway for lands surrounding the Highway 7 and 15 intersection. A Secondary Plan is a planning document illustrating a vision and guiding principles for development and redevelopment in the Secondary Plan area. The Secondary Plan will be adopted as an amendment to the Town’s Official Plan. A Public Information Session and Open House was held on January 30, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the upper hall at the arena, 75 Neelin Street, Carleton Place. A Public Meeting will be held on March 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm in the Town Hall Council Chambers at 175 Bridge Street, Carleton Place.
A Secondary Plan is a planning policy document that establishes a vision, guiding principles, and an implementation framework to guide development and redevelopment for a particular area of a municipality.
This Revised Secondary Plan (the ‘Plan’) pertains to the lands located north and south of Highway 7 within the Town of Carleton Place (Secondary Plan Study Area), as illustrated in Figure 1-1.
The Plan has been developed in accordance to the Planning Act and in consultation with landowners within the Secondary Plan Study Area and the general public. The purpose of the Plan is to provide safe and accessible areas for all modes of regional and local travel within the Highway District in the Town of Carleton Place while ensuring opportunities for businesses to grow and expand.
The Plan is unique, as it is focused on transportation planning and responds to improvements to the Highway 7 and Highway 15 intersection. These improvements would be implemented through the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) Highway 7 and Highway 15 Intersection Improvements Preliminary Design and Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study.
The Plan is supported by Revised Schedules (i.e. Maps) that must be read in conjunction with the policy direction, as follows:
- Schedule A – Conceptual Demonstration Plan
- Schedule B – Lane Configuration
- Schedule C – Road Network – Existing and Proposed
- Schedule D – Active Transportation and Recreational Vehicles
- Schedule E – Gateway Locations
- Schedule F – Potential Servicing Options The Plan will be adopted as an amendment to the Official Plan (OP) of the Town of Carleton Place. It will create a new Section 8 within the OP for Secondary Plans. Section 8.1 of the OP will include reference to this Secondary Plan.
The implementation of the Secondary Plan will guide development, redevelopment, and design of properties through the Development Permit System (zoning), Site Plan, and Draft Plan of Subdivision application processes, as well as related Cost Sharing Agreements.