Shire Hall


Posted: February 16, 2018 at 8:59 am   /   Shire Hall

Development charges discount frozen for 18 months Council decided, last week, to extend the 50 per cent discount on development charges for new homebuilding until September 2019. It will also convene a committee—likely comprised of council members, staff, residents and homebuilders—to consider the factors that go into forming the development charge rate. HOW WE GOT […]

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Drowning the baby

Posted: February 2, 2018 at 8:53 am   /   Shire Hall

With green shoots appearing in new homebuilding, County council ponders big increase in charges It has a cost, say County staff. By discounting development charges by 50 per cent, as the County has done since 2013, Shire Hall has forgone $1.2 million it might have otherwise generated, had the full amount been charged over these […]

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Local share

Posted: October 20, 2017 at 9:33 am   /   Shire Hall

Plan to increase HST to fund local roads and bridges gets council’s support Council was squeamish about advocating for a hike in the sales tax to support infrastructure renewal. Some were leery that the province might turn off its funding spigot if municipalities won a new funding source. Others worried that their own colleagues or […]

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Money for nothing

Posted: September 29, 2017 at 9:34 am   /   Shire Hall

Some councillors may want to sell, but the hall won’t fill the hole Emotions were high last Tuesday evening as users of the Picton town hall flooded Shire Hall’s council chambers, spilling out into an adjacent boardroom where the meeting was being streamed live. Most were out to support a group dubbed Save the Picton […]

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Making room

Posted: August 25, 2017 at 8:52 am   /   Shire Hall

County wants to build affordable housing, but not for vacationers At a planning meeting last week, County council learned about a new initiative from the province to encourage municipalities to allow for second units to be built on residential properties. It’s billed as a way to increase affordable housing stock at a time when both […]

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Grand canyon

Posted: August 4, 2017 at 8:52 am   /   Shire Hall

Lane Creek cuts deep and runs long Lane Creek is a tiny waterway that runs through the village of Wellington and into Lake Ontario, in front of the Drake Devonshire property. Behind CML Snider school it carves a small, well-landscaped crevice that curls eastward out of town, a lovely spot to spend a few moments […]

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Setting boundaries

Posted: July 27, 2017 at 9:12 am   /   Shire Hall

OMB hearing limited to ward boundary changes After two and a half days of hearings at Shire Hall, the future of the County’s ward boundaries—and potentially, by extension, the size of the County’s council—is in the hands of Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) chair and former Belleville mayor Mary Anne Sills. Debate, discussion and deliberations over […]

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Public places

Posted: July 14, 2017 at 8:53 am   /   Shire Hall

County is open to suggestions, including sale of Picton’s town hall The Picton Town Hall is a bit of a conundrum. Nuzzled in on Ross Street, just behind Picton Main Street and directly in the centre of the town’s core, the heritage building is a valuable asset for the County. The building itself has two […]

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Helping the hall

Posted: July 7, 2017 at 10:00 am   /   Shire Hall

Conrad Beaubien asks council to support Hillier Hall The hamlet of Hillier is far from the centre of Prince Edward County, but it is the epicentre of the County’s many wineries, home to beautiful marshland and a fascinating diversity of residents including a chef, a heritage designer, a retired television writer and a circus producer. […]

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Next chapter

Posted: July 7, 2017 at 9:56 am   /   Shire Hall, Size of Council

Size of council decision goes to the OMB It’s back. On July 19, an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing will once again adjudicate the size of County council. The history of the debate over the structure and make-up of the County local government has scarcely been out view since the municipality was amalgamated in 1998. […]

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