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January 11, 2017
January 11, 2017

Oxford County providing the province feedback on long term energy and the Ontario Building Code

County comments on Province's Long Term Energy Plan

County Council is being asked to endorse a submission on Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP), which sets out a road map for Ontario’s energy future over the next 20 years. As the province’s first community to commit to 100% renewable energy by 2050, Oxford County is in a unique position to help shape Ontario’s energy future and makes several recommendations for the province to consider including:

  • Taking a conservation first approach to energy management
  • Focusing on grid networks to combine the benefits of renewable energy and emerging network control technology

For more on the County’s proposed submission to the LTEP read council report CAO 2017-01

Ontario's 2017 Next Edition Building Code Consultation

The province is also seeking input on updating the Ontario Building Code, and Oxford County is providing some feedback. Planning staff are seeking clarification on the terms “secondary suites” and “two unit houses” in how they are used in the building code. The County is also highlighting the need to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings, identifying the Passive House Standard as an example of a construction standard that would help Ontario achieve greenhouse gas reduction targets set out in the Climate Change Action Plan.

Read Council Report CASPO 2017-11

Aggregate Resource Policy Review and proposed amendments to the County Official Plan

County Council will be asked to approve proposed amendments to the Official Plan as it relates to the extraction of mineral aggregate resources. Updates to the Aggregate Resource Policy Review have been made following comments during the December 14, 2016 public meeting.

The Aggregate Resource Policy Review between Oxford County and Zorra Township has been ongoing since 2015. The proposed policies have received considerable review with input received from the community, industry stakeholders and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Read Council Report CASPO 2017-07

Contract Award - County of Oxford E911 Primary Public Safety Answering Point Contract

Oxford County Council will be asked to approve a contract for 911 Primary Public Safety Answering to Woodstock Police Services. The contract would be for five (5) years with an option for another two (2) years; beginning on January 12, 2017. The current contract is set to expire on January 11, 2017. The proposed costing is within the projected budget over the five (5) year term. Woodstock Police has been the provider for Oxford County since 2012, answering 9-1-1 calls within two rings or less 98% of the time.

Read Council Report PHES 2017-01

Interim Tax Levy By-law

2017 installment due dates and amounts will be circulated to the Area Municipalities, pending Council approval. The Area Municipalities can then proceed with issuing 2017 interim tax bills to property owners. Each year, the County collects 25 per cent of the amount required to be raised from the Area Municipalities by March 31. A second interim tax instalment will be due on June 30. The interim collection allows the County to meet current expenditures until the final tax bills are calculated by the Area Municipalities in July, following adoption of the necessary tax policy by-laws.

Read Council Report CS 2017-01

Other reports and presentations

  • Delegation – Long Point Region Conservation Authority
  • Delegation – Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
  • Delegation – Grand River Conservation Authority
  • CASPO 2017-01 – Application for Draft Approval of Plan of Condominium and Exemption from Draft Approval
  • CS 2017-02 – Bank Loan – Township of Zorra Henderson Creek Drain 2015

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