Prince Edward County is continuing in its efforts to make life easier for residents wanting to host occasional special events on their property.
In June 2016, council directed staff to review options, gather public input and consider a bylaw regarding special events after it became clear certain events were being held at residences that were more suited for properties deemed commercial.
On Thursday, the committee of the whole carried a motion that includes a template for a special events bylaw that supports typical small events while clarifying standards that would make for orderliness and convenience for the general public. Staff recommendations include amending the comprehensive zoning bylaw to establish clarity in support of typical smaller events and utilizing the temporary use zoning bylaw process for medium to larger events.
Picton councillor Lenny Epstein.
As it stands now, the current moratorium put in place on the enforcement of incompatible uses of special events will continue, meaning if someone wanted to have a special event that goes against their zoning, as long as it’s relatively low impact (cultural, educational, etc.), then bylaw enforcement isn’t going to ‘shut it down.’
Plans will go back out for public consultation and it’s hoped that by the end of the calendar year a more detailed approach will be put in place.