Changes to the Regulations Under the Planning Act (Ontario) Regarding Propane Operations
Changes have been made to the following regulations under the Planning Act (Ontario): Ontario Regulation 543/06: Official Plans and Plan Amendments; Ontario Regulation 545/06: Zoning By-Laws, Holding By-Laws and Interim Control By-Laws; Ontario Regulation 544/06: Plans of Subdivision; and, Ontario Regulation 200/96: Minor Variance Applications.
The changes are intended to support recommendation 14 of the Propane Safety Review, to require that propane operators be notified of applications for official plan amendments, plans of subdivision, rezoning and minor variances where the propane operation's defined hazard distance extends into the area under consideration for the land use application. Definitions for "hazard distance", propane operator" and "propane operation" have been added to each of the above regulations, and changes to the notification requirements in each of the regulations have been made to reflect this recommendation. A propane operation's "hazard distance" is established as part of the propane operation's risk and safety management plan, required by Ontario Regulation 211/01: Propane Storage and Handling under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000 (Ontario).
It is anticipated that Ontario Municipal Board directions for public notice will now include such propane operators. To assist in this process, a drawing in the form of a map or plan signed off by a professional engineer from each propane operation's risk and safety management plan must be forwarded to the relevant municipality, which shows:
For more information, consult the following Technical Standards & Safety Authority Advisory Sheet FS - 162-09: Advisory Sheet FS - 162-09