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From Donna Burns, President - RENFREW COUNTY LANDOWNERS,
Governor - ONTARIO LANDOWNER ASSOCIATION  
7-18

Whitewater Twp Council Meeting to be held WED JULY 19TH @ 6:00 PM.

PURPOSE: To approve ‘DESIGNATION’ of Whitewater Twp. rural settlement areas (COBDEN, BEACHBURG, WESTMEATH, LAPASSE, HALEY’S, FORESTER FALLS) as COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AREAS (part of the Whitewater Twp Official Plan). This is the start of the implementation of municipal government control on private property in the rural settlement areas. Here is YOUR OPPORTUNITY to learn the plans your Council have for your private properties in this municipality.

If Council approves this………WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

o First, the municipality is required to hold a PUBLIC MEETING to inform property owners of their intent

o This is when and where property owners can OBJECT to the designation of their private property

o Absence from announced Public Meetings appear to mean IMPLIED CONSENT where property owners are deemed to be in agreement with the content of the meeting and in acceptance of the council proposal of the designation

o Consent can be achieved by: Agreement*, Lease, Purchase or Expropriation. *Agreement can be unknowingly achieved through the lure of financial incentives … Property owner accepts incentive - thereby enters into an agreement

o After consent given: Property is now under the “Municipal Planning Authority” (same power as Council) that dictates what can and cannot be done on the private property. In addition to not only losing the sole control of what a property owner may wish to do on their private property, the restriction of limitations of what is allowed may also DECREASE the property value.

Every property owner should take responsibility in understanding their private property rights. The legislation is in place to protect it. PRIVATE PROPERTY = PROSPERITY.

Once you give up your rights to enjoy your private property, you also lose your opportunity for growth and wealth.

Donna Burns


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