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Notice regarding Sewage Disposal System Maintenance Inspection Program

Posted to Building, By-Law, Environmental, News & Notices, Services on Jul 13, 2016

Council of the Municipality of Highlands East is committed to the preservation of the environment and natural resources of the area and is therefore considering the implementation of a sewage system maintenance inspection program commencing in the spring of 2017.  The objective of a program of this nature is to aid in keeping our lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater pollution free. Sewage disposal systems that are improperly maintained, outdated or malfunctioning may have a negative impact on the groundwater, the surrounding water bodies and the environment.

Most properties within the Municipality function with private on-site systems which are regulated through the Ontario Building Code (OBC) which is enforced by the Municipality.  It is through Part 8 of the OBC that the Municipality may initiate an inspection program.  This type of program is normally conducted on a 5 year cycle with all properties within the Municipality with systems older than 5 years being reviewed area-by-area on an annual basis until complete.
To date, Council has not determined the type of program that may be conducted; however the program would likely include a visual inspection of the property with respect to:

  • Type and number of buildings on the property
  • Type of system being used ie: privy, grey water or leaching bed
  • Evidence of sewage effluent ponding, odour or unusually green or thick grass growing on or around the tile bed
  • Surface water or ground water flows toward the sewage system
  • Tree or vegetation growth on the tile bed
  • Location of the septic system

A letter would be sent to the property owner following the inspection indicating the results. If any deficiencies have been found these would be noted in the letter. Further inspections may be required which may include opening and pumping of tanks or excavating the tile bed for inspection.

Tips for keeping your sewage disposal system happy

  • Avoid planting vegetation that has a deep root system on the leaching bed
  • Ensure that trees are at least 3m (10 feet) away from the runs in the tile bed
  • Pump the septic tank every 3 to 5 years depending on how often the system is used
  • Do not use a sink garburator
  • Do not connect water softener backwash to the septic system
  • Ensure that materials such as Kleenex, sanitary products, grease, oil, solvents, paints, food waste or excessive laundry soaps do not enter the system
  • Do not park vehicles, trailers, or other equipment or drive on the tile bed.
  • Do not use anti-bacterial products

Let’s all work together to keep our lakes, rivers and streams healthy and pollution free for our children and grandchildren.  Future generations are counting on us.

Building By-Law 2016.27

Posted to Building, By-Law, Downloads, Services on Jun 6, 2016

The attached Building By-Law, available for download below, enacted on June 6, 2016 rescinds and replaces the previous Building By-Law 2011-48 and outlines the requirements and fees associated with the application and issuance of Building Permits in Highlands East.

See also: Building Permit Requirements & Application Form

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Comprehensive Zoning By-Law & Official Plan

Posted to Building, By-Law, Downloads, Official Plan, Property, Zoning By-Law on Sep 23, 2015

Official Plan

The Municipality of Highlands East completed a Comprehensive Review of its Official Plan in 2011 and 2012, which culminated in the approval of Official Plan Amendment 1 (OPA 1) by the County of Haliburton on April 24, 2013. This update was the first amendment to the Official Plan, which was originally approved by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in 2004. The comprehensive amendment introduced new land use schedules, added new policies to guide mineral aggregate operations, updated local growth management and rural development policies, added shoreline design guidelines, and added new implementation policies for site plan control and development permits. The attached Official Plan is a consolidated version which includes amendments made by OPA 1.

Availability

The Official Plan is available for download below and for review at the municipal office in Wilberforce during regular office hours. Official Plan Schedules (maps) may be viewed below or at the Municipal Office.

The Zoning By-law (2005.29) is also available for download. This is a consolidated and amended version of the original Zoning By-Law (it includes amendments made in Zoning By-Law 2008.46) detailing the Housekeeping Amendment (reports available for download below) and is available for review at the municipal office in Wilberforce during regular office hours.

Zoning By-law maps may be viewed below or at at the Municipal Office.

Copies of either document can be purchased from the municipal office by contacting 705-448-2981.

Questions regarding the Official Plan or Zoning By-law can be directed to Robyn Rogers, Executive Assistant to the CAO/Clerk at 705-448-2981 Ext. 230

Official Plan

Official Plan Schedules

Zoning By-Law

Zoning By-Law Maps

Housekeeping Amendment Reports

Off Road Vehicle By-Law 2015-39

Posted to By-Law, News & Notices, Services on Jul 14, 2015
ATV Trail

On July 13, 2015 Highlands East Council passed By-Law 2015-39 permitting ATVs, two-ups and side by sides on the shoulder of all Municipal Roads.

The by-law is available for download below as well as an FAQ and Smart Ride-Safe Ride brochure.

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Municipal Dog Control and Pound Information

Posted to By-Law, Services on Feb 2, 2013

Dog tags and kennel licenses are required in Highlands East and dogs are not permitted to run at large without a leash. 

Contact the Municipal Office for more information.

P.A.W.S.: Protecting Animal Welfare Shelter
Municipal Dog Pound meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday in January, April, July and October. Meetings take place at 10:00am in the Faraday Municipal Office located at 29860A Highway 28.

An Introduction to Highlands East's Advisory Committees

Posted to By-Law, Committees, Council, Services on Oct 26, 2012

The residents of Highlands East now have a second venue to create improvement and provide their input into areas of great importance. Council has established five new advisory committees that will look at current, historic, and future needs of the municipality. The committees will provide input into how municipal policy will be shaped for the betterment of the area. The scope of each committee is vast and specific to the enhancement and improvement of Highlands East. Composition of the committees vary with anywhere from 5-7 volunteers, with one member of Council acting as Chair, municipal staff in advisory roles where needed and an administrative secretary.

New Advisory Committees:

  • Affordable Housing and Grants
  • Economic Development and Business
  • Trails
  • Environment and Green Energy
  • Recreation and Culture

Meetings are open to the public and you are invited to attend. Committee mandates and meeting details are as follows:

Affordable Housing and Grants

Meetings will be held on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00PM in the Municipal Office in Cardiff at 2778 Monck Road.

Mandate:
The Affordable Housing and Grants Committee is a committee appointed by Council to seek opportunities for housing development for the Municipality and to promote these opportunities.

Economic Development and Business

Meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM in the Council Chambers in Wilberforce at 2249 Loop Road.

Mandate:
The Economic Development and Business Committee is a committee appointed by Council to promote and facilitate ongoing communication and cooperation among community partners with respect to economic development matters pertaining to business retention and expansion, marketing and tourism and other specific projects identified by Council.

Trails

Meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00PM in the Council Chambers in Wilberforce at 2249 Loop Road.

Mandate:
The Trails Committee is a committee appointed by Council to promote, develop and market the trails systems.

Environment and Green Energy

Meetings will be held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00PM in the Municipal Office in Cardiff at 2778 Monck Road.

Mandate:
The Environment and Green Energy Committee is a committee appointed by Council to seek and promote opportunities in the field of alternative energy for residential, commercial and municipal buildings, and also include landfill opportunities. The EGE Committee will prepare educational material, in a user friendly format, that will provide information and product sources for the public.

Recreation and Culture

Meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00PM in the Council Chambers in Wilberforce at 2249 Loop Road.

Mandate:
Through the promotion of recreation and cultural facilities and services, The Municipality of Highlands East will enhance the quality of life for all its residents.

For more information, please download By-Law 2013.13 Establishing Advisory Committees below.

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Clean and Clear Yard By-Law

Posted to By-Law, Downloads, Services on Jan 15, 2010

Noise By-Law

Posted to By-Law, Downloads, Services on Jan 15, 2010

Procedural By-Law 2009.16

Posted to By-Law, Council, Downloads on Mar 10, 2009

Being a by-law to govern the calling, place and proceedings for meetings for the council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Highlands East and releated committees.

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Parking By-Law 2008.10

Posted to By-Law, Downloads, Services on Feb 13, 2008

Being a by-law for the regulation of parking within the Municipality of Highlands East.

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