notice of public meeting

The Corporation of the Township of South Frontenac is proposing to adopt an Official Plan Amendment and to pass a by-law to amend Zoning By-law No. 2003-75 in accordance with Sections 17 and 34 of the Planning Act. A public meeting will be held on:

  • Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Virtual Meeting (Zoom) and In-Person (Council Chambers)

Purpose and Effect of the Proposed Amendments

The purpose of the Official Plan Amendment is to make changes to the current Township’s Official Plan to allow additional dwelling units (for example, secondary suite, garden suite, basement apartment) in conformity with the Frontenac County Official Plan. The amendment will add policies to define what is an additional dwelling unit, where they are permitted and under what circumstances.

The purpose of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment is to make changes to Zoning By-law No. 2003-75 to implement the proposed Official Plan Amendment on additional dwelling units (file PL-OPA-2023-0030). The effect will be to specify where additional dwelling units are permitted and under what circumstances. It will also establish a Township-wide holding overlay for additional dwelling units. The proposed By-law will require a hydrogeological study before a lot is removed from the Holding Overlay and a building permit issued for an additional dwelling unit. The proposed By-law would also increase the maximum building height for an accessory building with the intent to facilitate an additional dwelling unit over a detached garage.

The proposed Zoning By-law Amendment would also include general amendments to:

  1. change the title of the Zoning By-law administrator, in order to shift this role to Planning Services through the Director of Development Services;
  2. add provisions about model homes, in order to permit model homes prior to subdivision registration;
  3. add seasonal dwelling as a permitted use in the Rural zone, acknowledging that there are large rural landholdings in the Township that can only practically be used on a seasonal basis due to remote location or lack of hydro services; and
  4. remove the requirement for accessory detached buildings to be located behind the principal building on a property in certain zones and to instead add a minimum front yard for accessory detached buildings in those zones, in order to have a standard setback for accessory buildings in recognition of the significant variation in front yard depths across the Township.

Lands Affected: The draft Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment applies to all properties within the Township. Therefore, no key map is provided.

For more information on this matter contact Christine Woods, Senior Planner by email at or by calling 613-376-3027 ext. 2221. The draft of the Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment are available on the Township CivicWeb website under Document Centre at

Additional Applications: Currently, there are no other Township-wide Planning Act applications.

Purpose of Public Meeting: Township staff will provide a brief presentation and Council will invite comments and questions from the public. A decision will be made at a subsequent meeting.

You are invited to make representations to Council to make your views known regarding the proposal. To participate virtually, you must register for the Zoom webinar via the Events Calendar starting 4-5 days before the hearing. To participate in person at Council Chambers (4432 George St., Sydenham), please contact the Clerk to secure your spot as seating is limited

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