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Ontario Guide to Adding a Second Unit in an Existing House

Posted to Building, News & Notices, Services on Sep 25, 2019

Adding a second unit is a great way to provide independent living for a family member or make a little extra money to help pay off the mortgage. But there are things you need to consider as you decide whether to build a second unit.

Is your home detached, semi-detached or a rowhouse that is more than five years old? Are you considering renovating it to add a second unit? If the answers are yes, then this guide available at ontario.ca/housinginnovation can help you.

Lakefront Property Owner's Guide to Blue-Green Algae

Posted to Environmental, News & Notices, Services on Aug 19, 2019
Blue-Green Algae Bloom

There has been a dramatic increase in blue green algae blooms in Ontario in recent years. As a result many lakefront property owners are very concerned when they see blooms or floating masses which they think could be a bloom. To alleviate unnecessary concerns and to share important information The Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners Associations is providing this fact sheet on how to identify blue green algae blooms and what to do if you do suspect one.

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Composters and Digesters Available for Sale

Posted to Environmental, News & Notices, Services on Aug 19, 2019

The Municipality of Highlands East has composters and the digesters available for sale. Limited quantities will be stored at the Visitor Information Centre in Wilberforce where we accept cash or cheque. Payment by debit can be made at the Wilberforce Municipal Office during regular business hours. It may be advisable to call ahead to ensure there are units in stock.

Prices

Composters: $39 + HST $5.07 = $44.07 (31.5” wide x 25” deep x 34” high)
Digesters: $80 + HST $10.40 = $90.40 (31.5” diameter x 38.5” high)

Documentation

Composter Information Package (PDF)
Digester Information Package (PDF)
Digester Installation Insutructions (PDF)

Photos

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Building Permit Requirements & Application Form

Posted to Applications, Building, Downloads, Services on Aug 9, 2019

Before you start any construction on your property contact the Building Department and obtain any necessary permits!

Building Permit Application, Application Requirements and Guides are available for download below:

The following items shall accompany an application for a building permit.

Site Plan

  • Site Plan showing location of building and septic system on lot, and also showing distances to the property lines, Front Yard Setback, Side Yard (both sides) and Rear Yard.
  • Location to other buildings on the lot.
  • Location to Hydro Lines or any other hazards on the lot.
  • Entrance to the Lot.
  • When difference in Municipal records, Ownership of property is required.

Building Plans

  • Two sets of Scaled drawings
  • Foundation Plan: example showing footing sizes, pier footings, locations, laminated beam sizes and floor joist size and spacing etc.
  • Floor Plan: example showing room sizes, locations, exterior, interior wall thickness, door sizes, window sizes, chimneys and ventilation system etc.
  • Cross Section: example showing foundation depth, foundation type (block or solid concrete etc.), foundation damproofing, foundation drainage, foundation slab, footing sizes, sill gasket, anchor bolts (spacing), joist size, subfloor size stud sizes and spacing, insulation, vapour barrier, interior, exterior finishes, roof type, sheeting, shingles and venting etc.
  • Copy of TRUSS DRAWINGS from manufacturer.

Other Requirements

  • Municipality of Highlands East copy of the Site Inspection Report for a Sewage System, when required.
  • Entrance Permit from the Municipality of Highlands East Roads Department, County of Haliburton or the Ministry of Transportation when required.
  • Any Permit required by any other authority.
  • Payment of Fees

Please note that any application which is not signed by the owner, and is signed by another authorized person, it shall be accompanied by a letter of authorization signed by the owner.

Any difference found in the Front, Side, or Rear setbacks by the Chief Building Official may result in an Application for a Building Permit being refused or revoked, until the Plot Plan is corrected.

2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Dates

Posted to Environmental, Services on Aug 5, 2019

The following events are being held for residents of the Municipality of Highlands East:

Tory Hill Landfill Site

Saturday, June 22nd from 10:00AM through 2:00PM
19178 Highway 118 between Wilberforce & Tory Hill.

Gooderham Transfer Station

Saturday, August 10th from 1:00PM through 4:00PM
1042 McColl's Road just east of Gooderham.

Tory Hill Landfill Site

Saturday, October 26th from 10:00AM through 2:00PM
19178 Highway 118 between Wilberforce & Tory Hill.

Faraday Public Works Yard

Residents of Highlands East can also attend the following HHW events being held at the Faraday Public Works Yard at 29860 Hwy. 28 South (across from the intersection of Monck Road and Hwy. 28) from 9:30AM through 2:30PM:

  • May 11th, 2019
  • July 6th, 2019
  • September 14th, 2019

Be sure to bring your landfill disposal card with you to these events.

Contact the Environmental Department at 613-339-2442 for more information or download our helpful flyer: What can I bring to HHW Events?

Waste Management Cottage Kits Available For Seasonal Residents

Posted to Administrative, Environmental, Services on Jul 21, 2019

Cottage Kits are available for residents to purchase for a small fee.

The kit provides the necessary information & tools needed for a cottage renter to dispose of their garbage and recycling at the end of the week and includes:

  • a landfill pass, good for one-time use, allowing them into the landfill sites.
  • a welcome letter that provides a quick overview of Highlands East waste management program and the rules that would be relevant to the cottage renter.
  • a clear bag for household garbage
  • clear blue recycling bags
  • large paper grocery bag for fibres
  • recycling guide, landfill hours of operation, map showing the landfill site locations, disposal fees, household hazardous waste event dates and an MNR Bear Wise Fact Sheet.

If you are interested in purchasing The Cottage Kit, you can do so by picking them up at the Municipal Office in Wilberforce, 2249 Loop Road, the Information Centre at 2786 Essonville Line, Wilberforce, or contact us to make arrangements to have a kit(s) mailed to you.

info [at] highlandseast [dot] ca or 705-448-2981 $3.00/kit or 10 kits for $25.00

How to Obtain a Building Permit - A Guide to the Homeowner

Posted to Building, Downloads, Services on Jul 9, 2019

The PDF available for download below outlines everything homeowners need to know about the building permit process.

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Burning By-Law and Application

Posted to Applications, Downloads, Fire Rescue, Services on Jul 9, 2019

Small fires are permitted in most areas of Highlands East as long as the following rules are complied with:

  • There is no daytime burning permitted during the fire season (April 1st to November 30th) without a permit. Fires may take place only during the time from 7:00PM to 7:00AM.
  • Your fire can be no greater than .6 metres (approx. 24 inches) in diameter.
  • Your fire must be setback a minimum of 10 metres from any structure.
  • Only environmentally friendly materials may be burned.
  • The smoke from your fire cannot interfere with your neighbours or a roadway.
  • You must have sufficient tools and water available to put the fire out should the need arise.
  • You must be with your fire at all times.

You may have a campfire during the day, using the same size restrictions and conditions listed above however it can only be used for cooking and warmth. It must be attended at all times.

All other fires need a permit. Please contact the municipal office for more information and to obtain a permit download the by-law and application below.

Any municipal or county-wide burn ban supercedes these rules.

The charges to extinguish a fire begins at $477 per hour.

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19 Things You Can Do To Improve The Environment

Posted to Environmental, Services on Jul 2, 2019

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

Step 1: Turn it off
Energy conservation is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. Leaving your electrics on standby needlessly uses up energy – hit the off switch and you could see huge improvements, most noticeably in your energy bills!

Step 2: Invest in eco-friendly technology
Want to go further than simply turning it off? Make sure that the technology or appliances you have are is as energy-efficient as possible. This way, you’re using much less energy for the time that the product is on, saving money, and reducing your energy output.

Step 3: Switch to renewables
Installing solar panels or changing your energy supplier to one that’s 100% renewable is a great eco-friendly tip for any home.

Step 4: Eat less meat
Being careful with what you’re consuming is at the heart of being more eco-friendly, and cutting down on the amount of meat you eat can have a huge impact on reducing your carbon footprint. For more information, read “The Ecological Hoofprint” by Tony Weiss

Step 5: Don’t waste food
More than half of all food produced in Canada is lost or wasted, report says. A whopping 58 per cent of all food produced in Canada – 35.5 million tonnes – is lost or wasted, according to a new report, and about a third of that wasted food could be “rescued” and sent to communities in need across the country.

Step 6: Compost
If you have let your food go that little bit too far past its ‘best by’ then you need to be sure to compost it rather than putting it in the garbage. Not only will this help create a natural fertilizer and keep your garden green, it’ll also reduce the amount of waste going to landfill - and as it won’t break down anaerobically, there will not be a build-up of methane gas.

Step 7: Recycle everything
Although our recycling markets are declining, continue to recycle in case new markets develop. The main thing is to recycle products that are truly recyclable and make sure it’s clean.

Step 8: Try to cut out plastic
Plastic seems to have found its way into every single aspect of our lives. However, giving it up isn’t as difficult as you might think – bring a canvas bag with you when you go shopping, buy your fruit and vegetables loose and don’t buy bottled water.

Step 9: Use LED light bulbs
Not only do LED light bulbs last longer than conventional bulbs, they’re far more efficient too! This means that you’ll be using less power and having to replace your light bulbs less frequently – everyone’s a winner. What's more, they're available in a range of brightness and designs so you can really tailor the lighting to your needs or to suit the room.

Step 10: Insulate your home
Homes that aren’t well insulated are much harder to keep warm when it's cold, and cool when the weather is hot. Insulating your home is one of the best, ecofriendly things you can do for your home. However, spray foam produces a lot of GHGs during installation so best to use other types of insulation. See https://www.buildinggreen.com/news-article/avoiding-global-warming-impact-insulation to learn more.

Step 11: Fix it, don’t throw it
Repairing or fixing something is more environmentally friendly than simply throwing things away, although the latter may seem easier and cheaper sometimes. The internet gives you access to the tools and information you need to fix practically anything, and if you still can’t fix it then why not try and turn it into something else? Sign up to participate in a REPAIR CAFÉ.

Step 12: Use eco-friendly cleaning products
A lot of cleaning products have a lot of harmful chemicals in them that aren’t environmentally friendly to create or dispose of. In fact, repeated exposure to these cleaning products can affect your health as well as the environment. Green cleaning products use more natural and organic methods of cleaning which are far less harmful.

Step 13: Drive Less
If you can make the journey by foot, bike or public transport, then do it. Driving isn’t very eco-friendly and can really add to your carbon footprint. When you do have to drive, make sure that you get the most out of your vehicle by keeping the speed down, ensuring tires are properly inflated and that the engine is running smoothly.

Step 14: Use your microwave
Honestly, you’d be surprised by how much more energy efficient microwaves are compared to conventional ovens. While you’re already surprised, you may as well continue to be shocked with some of the awesome things you can cook in a microwave (hint: it’s not just ready meals).

Step 15: Buy local
From clothes to food, the closer to home these products are made and bought, the less carbon is created with their transportation. Not only that, but you’ll be supporting the local economy which means that in time you’ll likely have even more local items to choose from.

Step 16: Don't fly
Flying is one of the most environmentally damaging things you can do. Why not stay a bit closer to home and explore some beautiful local nature? Camping, hiking and cycling are all great things to do and are extremely low carbon.

Step 17: Grow your own
Growing your own vegetables isn’t just a good way to save money, it’s also a great way to cut down your carbon footprint and be eco-friendly. Don’t have any outside space? Windowsill boxes are a great way to brighten up your view, filter the air coming into your home and offer plenty of space for herbs and small vegetable patches.

Step 18: Plant some trees
Ecological sustainability is very important when it comes to eco-friendly living. Without a stable ecosystem, things start to fall apart. Making sure that we’re planting more native trees to replace those that have been felled to make room for developments is something that more people and businesses need to do to protect the environment and improve air quality.

Step 19: Choose your personal care wisely
When it comes to personal hygiene there are some things you ca do for a truly eco-friendly lifestyle. Avoid chemicals and opt for natural cleaning products. You can also buy personal care products that have less packaging.

This article has been modified from The Ultimate 20 Step Guide to Eco-friendly Living 

Animal License Application Form

Posted to Administrative, By-Law, Downloads, Services on Jun 27, 2019