In 1997, the Corporation of the Township of Morley undertook the process of developing an Official Plan. Our Official Plan received the Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing approval in 1999.
This document contains policies for the following land use designations:
Hazard Land Rural Area:
Recreation/Open Space Development
Commercial and Industrial Development
The goals of our Official Plan are to:
- protect the identity and characteristics of the Township while providing opportunities for residential growth and appropriate economic development;
- establish policies which manage and direct physical change and the effects on the social, economic and natural environment of the Towhship;
- secure the health, safety, convenience and welfare of the residents of Morley Township;
- ensure the Township's resources are rationally used and both the natural and cultural heritage features are protected;
- recognize the historical and cultural fabric of the Township and foster the rural lifestyle and quality of life experienced by the residents of the Township;
- provide policies which will encourage the expansion and diversification of the local economic base;
- provide policies that guide development that is compatible with the natural environment;
- provide a guiding framework for implementing decisions of council, local boards, committees and other authorities;
- provide Official Plan coverage throughout the Township; and
- provide policies that have regard to the Provincial Policy Statement based in consideration of local conditions and circumstances.
Consent Granting Authority
The Corporation of the Township of Morley was delegated consent approval authority in December, 1998.
This gives the municipality authority to process and approve applications for local consent (severance).
Council has appointed a Land Division Committee to make the decision as to whether consent approval is granted or refused.
In considering each application for land severance, the Committee evaluates the merits of each proposal against criteria such as:
- Conformity with official plan and compatibility wih adjacent uses of land.
- Suitability of the land for the proposed purpose, including the size and shape of the lot(s) being created.
- Adequacy of vehicular access, water supply and sewage disposal.
- Conformity with Provincial Policy Statements.