Draft Secondary Plan Q&A

    Are there any considerations for expanding the Hamlet boundaries?

    No, the Hamlet boundary is well established and will continue in its current form. This can also be seen in all of the Schedules of the Draft Secondary Plan.

    Where can we get more information about this project?

    The Let’s Talk Halton Hills engagement platform has plenty of information about the Glen Williams Secondary Plan Review project. The page is up to date with previous virtual Open House videos, as well as relevant documents such as the Background Report, Draft Secondary Plan and an Executive Summary of the changes made to the existing Secondary Plan. 

    If you or someone you know has any issues accessing the consultation material, please contact us directly by calling 905-873-2600 Ext. 2900. We will make arrangements to provide you with hard copies of the public engagement material and options for submitting your comments and questions to us.

    When are sidewalks scheduled for confederation street north of Wildwood?

    The Town is aware of this issue with pedestrian access along Confederation north of Wildwood Road. Preliminary engineering will be initiated in 2021 as part of the Main Street (Glen Williams) Improvements project and the implementation is scheduled in our current capital budged forecast for 2026.  Implementation timing will be refined based on the results of the preliminary engineering investigations. 

    Please contact Transportation and Public Works at 905-873-2600, ext.2300 or Email Transportation.

    Additional policies are added for intensification. What does this entail? Is the density to remain at 5 units per ha? Is it to increase and if so by how much? Why was this changed?

    The Provincial Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2020) includes policies related to encouraging intensification that the Town needs to comply with. Intensification in the context of the Hamlet of Glen Williams would primarily be in the form of Accessory Apartments (e.g. basement apartments) or infill housing in existing vacant lots. The Density target, 5 units per ha, for new development still stands in the updated plan (see page H-27).

    Are there considerations for extending servicing to existing residents?

    The Region of Halton has confirmed that there are no plans in the Region's Water & Wastewater Master Plans to retrofit older properties away from private septic systems to municipal servicing of wastewater in Glen Williams at the moment.  It is the policy of the Region that any extension of the Regional wastewater servicing system to existing development areas within the Hamlet may be approved by the Region of Halton when it is determined to be feasible and prudent due to public health or environmental concerns.

    Does the 20m buffer next to greenbelt land still exist? In talking to several area residents this is not something anyone wants to see change.

    Policies related to the Hamlet Buffer are still included the draft updated plan. The updated language recognizes the existing context of Glen Williams and the need for appropriate setbacks/buffers for new development (see Page H-12). Town staff continue to review this policy based on comments received from the community and revision will be incorporated into the final draft of the Secondary Plan.

    If municipal services are only being given to new development, existing residents are being disadvantaged.

    Please note that developers are responsible for paying for the extension of services to connect their development site. The Region has confirmed that there are currently no plans in the Region's Water & Wastewater Master Plans to retrofit older properties away from private septic systems to municipal servicing of wastewater in Glen Williams.  

    However, it is the policy of the Region that any extension of the Regional wastewater servicing system to existing development areas within the Hamlet may be approved by the Region of Halton when it is determined to be feasible and prudent due to public health or environmental concerns.

    Why did this draft remove the sentence indicating that the buffer zone width could be reduced if the 'intent' is still achieved? How can property owners with a buffer zone reduce the width but still achieve the perimeter boundary?

    The updated policy language recognizes the existing context of Glen Williams and the need for appropriate setbacks/buffers for new development (see Page H-12). In existing areas, the intent is to encourage property owners to maintain this buffer area along the boundary of the Hamlet.  

    New planned areas which are still to be developed, will need to consider adjacent boundaries to determine an appropriate buffer area, setbacks and uses. Opportunities for parks and trails should be assessed within the boundary areas for future development in accordance with the Active Transportation Master Plan. 

    Public ownership of the Hamlet Boundary Buffer within New Planned Areas will be required.

Background Study Q&A

    What is a Secondary Plan?

    A Secondary Plan allows for more detailed or issue-based planning in newly developed or other areas where specific issues and concerns are identified such as public spaces, parks and urban design. A Secondary Plan is part of the Official Plan, and subject to the full Official Plan Amendment process.

    Why is the Glen Williams Secondary Plan being updated?

    The existing Secondary Plan came into full force and effect in 2007, once all appeals were settled at the Ontario Municipal Board. The planning horizon for the existing Glen Williams Secondary Plan is 2021. As a result, the Hamlet of Glen Williams Secondary Plan preceded a number of provincial and regional plans, which have revised policy directions for growth and development in Ontario. A scoped review of the Hamlet of Glen Williams Secondary Plan is timely and will enable the Town to appropriately respond to these planning considerations.

    What area of the Town will be covered during the review?

    The Hamlet of Glen Williams as identified on Schedule H4-1 Glen Williams Land Use Plan is included in the review. Schedule H41 Glen Williams 

    How can I stay informed and provide my comments?

    Updates and information related to the review will be posted on this webpage. Notices of upcoming public engagement events will also be advertised in the Georgetown Independent and Free Press and through the Town of Halton Hills social media accounts.

    What is the timing and process of the review?

    The review will take approximately 18 months to be completed by spring of 2021. The review will be completed in four phases.

    • Phase 1- Background and Key Findings
    • Phase 2- Community Vision
    • Phase 3- Policy Formulation
    • Phase 4- Recommended Plan

    What will the review accomplish?

    • Conformity to Provincial and Regional Plans
    • Confirmation that the goals and objectives of the Secondary Plan remain relevant
    • Updated Hamlet Design policies and guidelines that reflect best practices which are sensitive to the community context
    • Updated natural heritage and environmental policies to conform to provincial and regional policy while acknowledging the existing community context of Glen Williams (e.g., Hamlet that provides transition between)