The original Hanwell Rural Plan was enacted by the Minister of Environment on April 19, 2010 and filed in the York County Registry office on April 28, 2010 under official number 28645019.
The Rural Plan provides a framework to guide in the further development of our community. The objectives of the Rural Plan are:
- To minimize the impact on the environment
- To facilitate the provision of community infrastructure, services, and facilities to meet the current and future needs of the population
- To promote orderly development that fosters the local economy while ensuring a healthy balance of land uses and safe and efficient transportation
- To foster a sense of community and good quality of life.
The Hanwell Rural Plan recognizes the existing commercial, industrial and residential areas and tries to reduce the potential for land use conflicts.
For residential areas, the Plan promotes land uses that satisfy local needs, while not impacting the quality of life. Small-scale day cares, home-based businesses, parks, special care homes and garden suites are permitted with conditions as necessary, to try to limit any negative impacts to the surrounding properties.
The Rural Plan works towards encouraging growth to help the area reach its goals and objectives, but recognizes the potential impact of uncontrolled development. The Rural Plan will not prevent people from building on their lands, but does put some controls on the creation of new large residential subdivisions. It will require those proposing to create new large subdivisions to apply for an amendment, which allows for community feedback. The Council of Hanwell has also enacted a Subdivion By-Law to ensure that all subdivion applications come to Council for approval.