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Strategic Plan 2015

The strategic plan was adopted by Council on November 2, 2015.  The strategic plan provides a vision for the municipality together with goals and objectives to achieve this vision.  The entire document can be viewed by clicking on this Strategic Plan link.

Buying Local Builds Communities

As required by the Local Food Act, 2013, the Minister of Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, Minister Jeff Leal, has established three aspirational goals to help increase access to local food:

  1. Increase opportunities for all Ontarians to choose local food;
  2. Increase the variety of local food offerings to celebrate the diversity of Ontario and its foods; and
  3. Increase collaborations and strengthen partnerships among producers, communities, and the public and private sectors to enhance local food availability.

Applied locally, Stone Mills offers numerous opportunities to buy direct.  Foodland Ontario helps by providing an Availability Guide to help purchase "in-season" fruits and vegetables and provides many more interesting facts relating to food as well as links to other related websites.

Work From Anywhere

The County of Lennox and Addington Economic Development Department new marketing initiative, "Work From Anywhere" is aimed at those entrepreneurs who are presently working from home offices in urban centres, and  takes a fun look at where entrepreneurs could potentially start or relocate their business.  this new initiative includes a new website, YouTube advertising, Google AdWords, boosted Facebook posts as well as television ads that targets the Greater Toronto Area and Ottawa markets. The campaign also highlights work, living, and support opportunities for entrepreneurs in Lennox and Addington.  For more information visit:  http://workanywhere.ca/. 

Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucas

The Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucas is comprised of the Wardens and the CAO's of the Counties and Single Tier governments from across Eastern Ontario which includes:

  • County of Frontenac;
  • County of  Haliburton;
  • County of Hastings;
  • City of Kawaratha Lakes;
  • County of Lanark;
  • United Counties of Leeds and Grenville;
  • County of Lennox and Addington;
  • County of Northumberland;
  • County of Peterborough;
  • United Counties of Prescott and Russell;
  • County of Prince Edward;
  • County of Renfrew; and
  • United Counties of Stormont Dundas and Glengarry.

The Terms Of Reference provides the following Mission and Vision Statements for the Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucas"

The Mission of the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus Inc. is: “To monitor federal, provincial and municipal legislative, regulatory and government information and to conduct research and analysis for purposes of influencing and advocating enhanced municipal service delivery in Eastern Ontario.”

The Vision of the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus Inc. is:  “To work collectively to enhance recognition for municipalities as an order of government thorough meaningful communication and representation with the federal and provincial governments, and each other.”

The Eastern Ontario Economic Development Strategy released in February 2014 identifies the opportunities, challenges and the strategic priorities for Eastern Ontario.

One of the primary priorties for the EOWC is the development of fast and reliable internet service for the entire region.  To help achieve this priority, the Eastern Ontario Regional Network was established with a goal to provide higher internet speeds and bandwidth to at least 95 per cent of homes and businesses in Eastern Ontario and provides an evidence-based economic strategy in order to move the region forward.

A publication identified as the Mapping The Innovation Ecosystem In Eastern Ontario was released on March 31, 2016.  This publication was the result of a study commissioned on behalf of the Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucas and their partners being the Ontario East Economic Development Commission (OEEDC), Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) and the Eastern Ontario Mayors Committee (EOMC).

For additional information and a listing of the current priorities for the Caucas, please refer to the website at:  www.eowc.org.

Community Development Project 2016

The Community Development Committee was established by Council on December 7, 2015 with a mandate to obtain input from residents and business owners respecting how the Township of Stone Mills could increase revenues to the municipality to help offset the ever increasing costs for services, thereby maintaining a relatively constant level of property taxes for property owners.  The Final Report developed by this Committee reflects the input received from the community.

Land O' Lakes Tourist Association

The Township is located within and a proud member of the Land O' Lakes Tourist Association.  This association, which was formed in 1943, encompasses 9 municipalities which includes over 5000 lakes.  While visiting the Land O’ Lakes, you can savour local delicacies, shop in quaint villages, explore through caves, attend a festival, or find a retreat oasis. If fishing and boating are on your agenda, there are guides that can "hook" you up because Your Adventure Awaits in the Land O’ Lakes.

Green Energy Projects

Agricultural Lands

Proponents of Green Energy projects need to be aware that the Township of Stone Mills recognizes the importance of all lands having agricultural capabilities, regardless of the designation assigned to specific lands by the Official Plan of the Township of Stone Mills.

Effective June 20, 2016, all Green Energy project proposals being submitted to the Township of Stone Mills for endorsement, shall include a report prepared by a qualified professional recognized by the Ontario Institute of Agrologist, that clearly identifies the classification of these lands in accordance with the Canada Land Inventory system.  Furthermore, Green Energy projects which include lands that have been classified as, or meet the criteria of Class 1, 2, or 3 of the Canada Land Inventory system, and which are intended to be included as part of a Green Energy project, shall not receive an endorsement by Council.

Proponents of Green Energy LRP and FIT projects are strongly encouraged to locate these projects upon lands that clearly have no or minimal agricultural capability. These requirements shall specifically not apply to Micro-FIT projects being submitted by the land owner.

Agreements Required

Proponents of Green Energy projects should be aware that the Township recognizes the importance of the move towards green energy resulting in a lesser reliance upon fossil fuels and the more conventional forms of energy production.  However, the Township further recognizes the importance of locating Green Energy projects well away from residential dwellings and other sensitive land uses.

As a result, proponents of these projects are now required to enter into an agreement with the Township.  These agreements serve two purposes.  Firstly, any siting or other concerns relating to a specific proposal would be addressed through the agreement.  Secondly, the agreement provides for the development of a Community Vibrancy Fund whereby propoents of projects would pay their fair share towards the management and services provided by the Township.  The execution of the agreement with the Township is a pre-requisite to the endorsement of a project by Council.  Specific agreement templates were developed for the Large Renewable Procurement program and the Feed In Tarriff program and these agreements can be viewed as follows:

To obtain more information respecting IESO and their programs, please refer to the following:

To understand the implications of renewable energy projects on your property taxes, please refer to the Property Tax Treatment of Renewable Energy Installations being a publication produced by the Ministry of Finance.

BluEarth Loyalist Solar Project

Following numerous presentations to Council and the public, an application was submitted to the IESO for approval for the development of a solar project in Stone Mills by BluEarth Renewables Inc.  The project was eventually approved and work is now commencing towards the development of this project.  The following maps identifies the project study area, approved site locations as well as the individual parcels of land where the project will be developed.  The names assigned to the maps are consistent with those names assigned to each location by BluEarth.

Telecommunication Towers And Systems

Jurisdication respecting the development of telecommunication towers rests with the Government of Canada under the authority of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.  While the Township of Stone Mills recognizes this distinct authority, there are provisions that allow a local municipality to enact controls for the giving of public notice relating to the development of new or expanded telecommunication towers.

The Township of Stone Mills adopted Bylaw 2016-846 on November 7, 2016 and provides for a public consultation process for the development of telecommunication towers.  The intent of this bylaw is to ensure local residents, as well as certain public bodies are provided with the opportunity to express any concerns respecting this form of development.  Upon the satisfactory completion of the consultation process, the Township provides the proponent with a letter of concurrence that states that the proponent has complied with the requirements of Bylaw 2016-846.

While the Township recognizes the importance of this form of development to address the communication demands of our residents and local business, the Township further recognizes the obtrusive nature of telecommunication towers on the rural landscape.  It is therefore important to recognize that although Bylaw 2016-846 provides for a process of public consultation, the authority to allow or dis-allow telecommunication towers remains with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

County Delegation

Because of the ever-increasing complexities involved in commercial and industrial development, it has become necessary to have professionally trained Staff to help promote the area with the ability to understand the particular requirements of developers.  For this reason, Stone Mills has delegated responsibility of commercial and industrial economic development to the County of Lennox and Addington.  For more information on development opportunities within the Township and the County please contact Robert Plumley, Economic Development Officer at (613) 354-4883 Ext 271 or by email at: rplumley@lennox-addington.on.ca or visit the Economic Development page on the County Economic Development Website

Business Park

Persons interested in commercial and/or industrial development opportunities specifically in Stone Mills should also be aware that a large tract of land in the south-west end of the Township has been designated as a business park.  These lands have been pre-zoned to provide for commercial and industrial development, are located on the Goodyear Road being an excellent paved road constructed to withstand heavy fleet loads, and is located only minutes away from Highway 401 and the Town of Greater Napanee where supplies and services are available for all your needs.

Home Business/Industry

Persons that are interested in starting a new business or re-locating an existing business in Stone Mills, but do not want the additional expense of purchasing land and/or buildings from the onset, should be aware that Stone Mills is very receptive to home based business and industry.  Although restrictions are applicable to help protect the residential character of the neighbourhood, Stone Mills has found this to be an excellent incubator for local entrpreneurs.

To read about some local success stories in Stone Mills as well as through out the County, please visit the Our Stories page on the County of Lennox and Addington website.

Statistical Information

Information respecting population, geography, households and language for the Township Of Stone Mills is available on the webiste for Statistics Canada.  Please refer to the following links for statistics relating to that census year.

2011 Statistics

2016 Statistics

 

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