Land Use in Hamlets and Rural areas
Though smaller than villages, our hamlets are friendly communities that are known for their passion and fun country events su
ch as country dances at the Laskay Hall, skating parties at the Pottageville pond or whooping it up at the Kettleby Fair www.village.kettleby.on.ca. See our new article below on the hamlet of Snowball.
In 2003, the Township undertook official plan amendment (OPA) # 230 to revise the policies and land use designations of the Hamlet Secondary Plan to ensure their conformity with the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act and Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. www.king.ca/files/documents/OPA 230 Hamlet.pdf
Rural areas comprise most of the Township, with 70% of the Township in the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Holland Marsh within the Greenbelt, there are few areas in King not covered by Provincial Planning Acts. Official Plan #58 is the rural area plan, in 2003 it was updated to conform the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. www.king.ca/files/documents/Amendment to OPA 580 FINAL 2.pdf
Land uses in the rural areas range from estate residential to agriculture, institutional to light industrial and commercial uses. One of the largest problems in rural areas is compatibility issues between neighbours with differing land uses. While planning tries to solve this, there are many existing non-conforming uses or ‘grandfathered uses throughout King.