Public Meeting – Trailer By-Law – July 20, 2021

July 5, 2021

Council invites residents to a Public Meeting for further discussion on the Trailer By-law.

TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2021
5:00 P.M. TO 7:00 P.M.
14 BLAKE STREET (HERITAGE PARK)

This meeting will be a “drop-in” style meeting. Council and Staff members will be present to answer questions, receive comments and engage in conversation regarding the Draft By-Law.

DRAFT TRAILER BY-LAW: PURPOSE AND INTENT
Council continues to invite public discussion and input on the Draft Trailer By-Law.
Purpose of the Trailer By-Law:
Historically, from 1965 to 1980, trailers used for living, sleeping or eating accommodation were not permitted without a Trailer Permit.
The Fee for a permit: 1965 to 1971 $5 per month
1972 to 1980 $10 per month

In 1980 the first Zoning By-Law was passed for the Township. Trailers continue to be defined in all Zoning By-laws for the Township since that date as an accessory use.
This means for a property having a primary use, such as a house or a cottage, a trailer is allowed to be stored/parked on the property.
The Trailer By-Law does not apply to trailers parked/stored at a residence.

Trailers as a use on vacant land for the purpose of human habitation during a season, temporarily or permanently, was not permitted.

On December 1, 2020, Zoning By-Law 2020-20 was passed. This document now allows for trailers to be used on vacant land in Rural Zones. This provision also requires licencing, a fee and defined property requirements.

A trailer may be used for human habitation on vacant lots in Rural Zoned areas provided:
• There is a current licence.
• The fee for the period has been paid.
• The trailer is at least 500 metres from the shoreline of a lake.
• The property is a minimum of 2 hectares in size.

This By-Law does not affect campgrounds and commercial trailer parks in the Township as they are zoned to allow for the use of trailers.

A trailer parked beside your home does not require a permit.

Intent of the Trailer By-Law:
• Vacant land is assessed at a lower value than a property with a residence or seasonal dwelling, therefore property taxes levied are lower.
• Residents of a trailer will use Township services including Roads, Landfill, Fire, Ambulance, Police as well as having access to the Health Unit, Social Services and Library.
The licence fee is a tool to allow the Township to ensure that operating costs for all services are shared proportionately among those residents using them.

The licencing tool also allows the Township to regulate:
• Septic requirements are being managed responsibly.
• Safety requirements are being met to ensure our residents are protected.

The licence time frame selected is May 1 to November 30. This was selected to best represent an average, safe use season for a trailer while also being mindful of the typical hunting season.

The licence fee was calculated using the Canadian inflation rate.
In 1972 the annual licence fee was $120 based on $10/month charge.
$120 from 1972 using the inflation calculation is equal to $774.24 in 2021.

The rate of $600 was selected as a fair and average estimation from that total.

Council received written and verbal submissions on the Draft Trailer By-Law at a Special Meeting of Council held on May 11, 2021.

Council invites residents to a Public Meeting for further discussion on the Trailer By-law.

TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2021
5:00 P.M. TO 7:00 P.M.
14 BLAKE STREET (HERITAGE PARK)

This meeting will be a “drop-in” style meeting. Council and Staff members will be present to answer questions, receive comments and engage in conversation regarding the Draft By-Law.

Council continues to invite written submissions on the Draft By-Law at admin@nipissingtownship.com if you are not able to attend the meeting.

Please click on link below to access a draft copy of the proposed Trailer By-Law
2021 Trailer By-Law