Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan

 

In 2016, Council launched a planning and engagement process to update the 1987 Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan. Through community consultation, workshops, dialogue sessions, open houses, and Public Hearings, residents and stakeholders helped shape the new Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan, which was adopted on October 23, 2017.

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Update: November 7, 2017

On November 6, Council unanimously approved and adopted Tree Protection Bylaw 2017 NO.5301 . This bylaw is unprecedented in the Township and unique to Brookswood-Fernridge. This bylaw covers not only all aspects of tree removal, but also treatment of a tree, root pruning, protection barriers, replacement, and other important points, including enforcement, conviction, and fines.

All residents and stakeholders are encouraged to read the details in the document below.

Update: October 25, 2017

On Monday, October 23, Council adopted the Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan , with amendments.

With the adoption of a new Community Plan, and the upcoming Neighbourhood Planning process, there will be many opportunities for residents and stakeholders to be involved and shape the future of Brookswood-Fernridge. 

Updates will continue to be posted on this web page, and we encourage you to sign up for our new Email Notification system to receive important information directly to your inbox.

Questions regarding next steps and the Neighbourhood Planning process? Take a look at the most frequent questions and answers below, and let us know if you have a question that has not yet been answered by emailing brfrcp@tol.ca.

Council has directed staff to commence Neighbourhood Plans for the Booth, Fernridge, and Rinn Neighbourhoods.

One of the first steps in the neighbourhood planning process will be to conduct environmental network planning to identify priorities for restoration and enhancement of important environmental and natural assets that support biodiversity. An updated mapping inventory of environmental features and ecological assets will be completed, including vegetation types and structures, watercourses and associated classifications, and the spatial relationships between these features in the landscape and their role in ecosystem processes (see Section 9.1, Policy 4 of the Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan).

Other initial steps in the neighbourhood planning process will be confirmed in the future. Please stay tuned.

Based on Council direction on October 23, 2017, neighbourhood planning will commence in three neighbourhoods: Booth, Fernridge and Rinn. The direction is consistent with Section 9.1, Policy 7, to give priority to development proposals in Booth and Rinn that interface with the existing developed area of Brookswood. In addition, Fernridge is readily serviced by municipal services.
A typical neighbourhood plan will take between approximately 12 to 18 months to complete. The exact timing will vary depending on many variables, such as the level of public engagement and the complexity of engineering servicing analyses. In this case, due to the significant amount of work previously undertaken and available information, the process is expected to be completed sooner.
With the approval of the new Community Plan, large scale development will not happen overnight in Brookswood-Fernridge. However, as of October 23, 2017, the Township has received 14 complete development applications in Brookswood-Fernridge (some of these applications have been “in-stream” for over two years). As these applications are approved by Council, some development activity is expected in the area.

More questions about the Neighbourhood Planning process? Check out the Township Planning Video Sketch Series.

Looking for previous Latest News updates, information on the process, and archived documents? Find them all on the Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan Update Archive page.

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