Details for the Open House meetings can be found below. Please note that registration is required if you plan to attend so we can ensure all Provincial health regulations at the time of the meetings can be met.

Edwardsburgh Cardinal's Official Plan was approved by the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville in February 2020. We are required by the province to review and update our zoning bylaws no less than three years after the approval of an official plan update.

The Committee of the Whole - Community Development committee began reviewing our zoning bylaw in July, 2020 with a presentation and leadership from our planner of record, Novatech. We are excited to share a draft copy of the new zoning bylaw here.

Public draft of the new zoning bylaw

The draft zoning bylaw text includes definitions, general provisions, and provisions that are specific to each zone category in the township.

Zone categories are shown with maps of the township in four separate schedules:

Supporting review material

Some additional documents are available to help with your review, although they do not form part of the draft new zoning bylaw. These documents include some frequently asked questions and a summary of some new provisions you will see in this draft. If you are reviewing the draft alongside the current zoning bylaw, a zone category comparison chart may be helpful.

Information sheets can help you review some interesting topics:

Share your feedback

We encourage you to review this first public draft and share your feedback:

All written comments will become public record and are provided to the Community Development Committee and Council for consideration in a meeting that is open to the public. Delegations to the Committee and Council are recorded as Minutes that are also public record. We recommend sharing feedback on the draft zoning bylaw early in the review process.

Open House meeting

Four Open House meetings have been scheduled throughout the Township to provide an opportunity to have conversations with staff and our planners about parts of the bylaw that are important to you. You can attend any meeting you choose, but registration is required so that we can ensure all Provincial health regulations at the time of the meeting are met. The Open House meetings will be held on the following dates:

Wednesday August 4, 2021
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Cardinal Legion, 105 Legion Way

Wednesday August 4, 2021
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
South Edwardsburgh Community Centre, 24 Sutton Drive

Thursday August 5, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Municipal Office (Spencerville Townhall), 18 Centre Street

Thursday August 5, 2021
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Virtual Meeting by Zoom (appointment required)
Upon registration, you will be contacted to make an appointment.

Additional information can be found in the Public Notice.

Register for an Open House meeting

You will have the opportunity to formally provide feedback to Committee and Council through a feedback form following the Open House meeting if you choose. 

Covid safety at the open house meetings

The safety of our community is our first priority in planning the Open House meetings. The Township will follow all Provincial and Public Health requirements. Please contact the Township Office for a copy of the Safety Plan.

Registration is required in advance of the meeting by contacting the Community Development Coordinator or completing an online registration form. This allows staff to determine how busy a site will be and provides the ability to contact attendees if restrictions change or times are extended. If necessary, staff may schedule specific meeting times to ensure visitation is spread more evenly throughout the event. By letting us know that you plan to attend, we can contact you in case of any changes or cancellation.

Public meeting

There will be a formal Public meeting held before the bylaw is passed, where residents have another opportunity to share any concerns with Council. Everyone who attends will be given a chance to speak. Once scheduled, the meeting will be advertised here on our website, through local newspapers and through our social media channels.

Committee of the Whole - Community Development

The draft new zoning bylaw is reviewed by the Committee of the Whole - Community Development. The committee meets the first Monday of every month (moved to Tuesday when Monday is a holiday). We advertise meetings through community newspapers and on our Council Calendar, where you can also view upcoming agendas and past meeting minutes. The zoning bylaw is not discussed at every meeting.

To help stop the spread of covid-19, the Committee of the Whole - Community Development is meeting virtually. If you would like to attend an upcoming meeting by zoom, please contact the Community Development Coordinator.


You can reach out to the Community Development Coordinator if you have questions about the draft new zoning bylaw or the review process.

Making an appeal

Once Council has passed the new zoning bylaw, we will give notice within 15 days. Any person or public body that meets certain requirements may, not later than 20 days after the notice of the passing of the bylaw is given, appeal to the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) by filing a notice of appeal with the municipal clerk. You must pay the fee required by OLT at the same time. Please visit the Government of Ontario website for more information on the appeal process.