Public Consultations

Current Public Consultations

Municipal Accommodation Tax 

County staff are recommending that the municipality implement a mandatory 4% Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT).

The MAT would apply to all roofed accommodations provided for a continuous period of 30 days or less. The tax would apply only to the accommodation fee.

Visitors who stay at motels, hotels, inns, bed and breakfast establishments, and private, short-term accommodation (STA) rentals would pay the tax. The tax would be added to guest invoices, and accommodators would be required to remit the MAT to the municipality.

The provincial government in 2017 gave municipalities the authority to impose a tax on transient accommodations. Under the legislation, 50% of MAT funds must be used by the municipality for infrastructure or services that support tourism. The remaining 50% is to be used by an eligible tourism entity to support tourism promotion and development.

Have Your Say: The municipality is hosting a special Committee of the Whole meeting on Wednesday, March 4. Click here to view the meeting agenda. The meeting will take place inside the Council Chambers at Shire Hall (332 Picton Main Street, Picton) beginning at 7 pm. If you cannot attend the meeting in person, you can watch the meeting live online

Retail Business Holidays Act Exceptions

The municipality is currently reviewing two by-laws (2237-2008 and 2615-2010) that allow retail businesses within the municipality to sell goods and services on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, and Thanksgiving Day for the purposes of maintenance and development of tourism. The municipality is considering adding Family Day and Easter Monday to the exception list.

Under provincial legislation, retail businesses in Ontario must be closed on the following nine holidays each year, unless otherwise allowed by municipal by-law:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Family Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

The mandatory closures do not apply to municipalities if they have passed a by-law stating the act does not apply and have also passed a by-law requiring certain retail businesses to be closed on a holiday.

Have Your Say: The public is invited to complete an online survey. The deadline to fill out the survey is March 13.

The municipality is also hosting a public meeting on Tuesday, March 10 to receive input and comments. The meeting will take place inside the Council Chambers at Shire Hall (332 Picton Main Street) beginning at 6 pm. Following the public consultation, staff will prepare a report for Council with the feedback and options.

More Information: Contact Catalina Blumenberg, Clerk, at 613.476.2148 extension 1021 or email

Picton Master Drainage Plan

The County of Prince Edward and Quinte Conservation are collaborating to develop a master drainage plan that will address the stormwater requirements of urban lands draining to Picton Harbour.

This project follows the master planning requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process, an approved process under the Environmental Assessment Act.

A public open house was held February 18, 2020 to provide information on the project and invite public input on the proposed treatment alternatives to improve runoff water quality entering Picton Bay. Information about these options was displayed and representatives from the project team were on hand to answer questions.

Click here to view the slides from the presentation

Click here to view the boards displayed at the open house

Have Your Say: The project team is still inviting comments from the public. Click here to fill out the comment form. The project team will accept comments until Sunday, March 8.

More Information: Visit the project page on the Quinte Conservation website or contact Olivia Hughes, Stormwater Project Coordinator, Quinte Conservation, at 613.968.3434 extension 141 or email

Accessibility Survey

The Accessibility Advisory Committee needs your help to transform The County into a barrier-free community, inclusive and welcoming of everyone regardless of age, disability, language, or any other factor.

This survey helps identify barriers faced by people with disabilities in Prince Edward County. The group would appreciate detailed comments to help formulate their action plan. Fill out the survey here.

Click here to learn more about the Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Wellington Master Servicing Plan

The municipality is undertaking a master plan for water, sanitary, and stormwater services for the Wellington Urban Centre. The master plan will consider and evaluate alternatives and identify the preferred infrastructure upgrades for water treatment and distribution, sanitary treatment and collection, and stormwater management to accommodate immediate development and long-term growth opportunities to full ‘build out’ to the urban boundary, as per the Wellington Urban Centre Secondary Plan.

Project Status

This study is being completed in accordance with a ‘Schedule B’ Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA), as outlined by the Municipal Engineers Association. To date, the existing servicing needs have been reviewed and forecasted demands have been identified.

Alternative solutions will be analyzed and evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Technical and operational impacts
  • Financial impacts
  • Social impacts
  • Archaeological/cultural impacts
  • Natural environment impacts

Have Your Say: The municipality hosted a second public information centre (PIC) on Thursday, November 28, 2019 to provide more information about the process, review the needed improvements, evaluation and recommendation of the alternatives, and the next steps. 

View the panels that were on display at the PIC.

The comment and feedback period on this project is now closed. 

For further information relating to this project, you can contact Rika Law, Project Manager with R.V. Anderson Associates Limited, by email or call 416.497.8600 extension 1209.

Picton Terminals Zoning By-law Amendment Application

The County of Prince Edward has received an application from Picton Terminals for a zoning by-law amendment (Zone Amendment File No. Z57-19).


The subject lands are currently zoned in the County’s Comprehensive Zoning By-law No. 1816-2006 the Environmental Protection (EP) Zone, the Extractive Industrial (MX) Zone and the Rural 1 (RU1) Zone.

Through the Zoning Amendment application File No. Z57-19, the subject lands are proposed for rezoning to the Special Extractive Industrial (MX-X) Zone to reflect existing and proposed uses. The Environmental Protection (EP) Zone lands are to remain the same.

More Information

The appliation forms and supporting documentation are posted below:

Applications for Zoning and Site Plan 

Application Form November 16, 2018

Concept Plan, November 15, 2018
Planning Justification Letter, November 20, 2018

Stormwater Management Report, October 4, 2018
Topographic Survey, May 2015
Traffic Impact Study, November 19, 2018

Archaeological Assessment - Stage 1
Archaeological Assessment Stage 1 - Supplementary Documentation
Archaeological Assessment - Record of Indigenous Engagement
Clearance letter from Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Additional Submission Material‌

Revised Rezoning Application Form
Revised Conceptual Site Plan
Revised Schedule A

Cover Letter, Fotenn Consultants, July 26, 2019
Application SP-03-18 Supplementary, July 29, 2019
Application SP-03-18 Supplementary, July 29, 2019
Supplemental Submission, July 26, 2019
Site Plan, July 12, 2019

2018 Annual Monitoring Report
Acoustic Assessment Report

Environmental Evaluation, July 26, 2019
Erosion Hazard Assessment, October 17, 2017
Fire Safety Plan, July 2, 2019
Fire Plan Map
Grading Plan, July 12, 2019
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Letter, September 5, 2018
Phase 2 Interim Action Plan
Statement of Hours of Operation
Quinte Conservation Letter, July 11, 2019
Servicing Options Statement, July 29, 2019
Stage 2 Archaeological Assessment, June 28, 2019
Stormwater Management and Drainage Report
Letter from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, May 2, 2019

Redtail East Estate Winery Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments

The municipality has received complete applications from Blocknote Canada Inc. for a proposed Official Plan amendment and Zoning By-law amendment.

Both amendments are to facilitate the development of a hotel with a restaurant and conference/event space and Nordic spa in association with Redtail East Estate Winery in Hillier Ward.

Click here to view the Notice of Complete Application.

Have Your Say

If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of the County of Prince Edward Council to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the County of Prince Edward before the by-law is passed or Official Plan amendment is adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the County of Prince Edward before the by-law is passed and the proposed Official Plan amendment is adopted, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

Send written submissions to:

Cristal Laanstra, Planning Coordinator
Policy – Planning Division
Development Services
The Corporation of the County of Prince Edward
332 Picton Main Street, Picton, ON K0K 2T0

If you wish to be notified of the decision of Council’s decision regarding these applications, you must make a written request to:

Catalina Blumenberg, Clerk,
The Corporation of the County of Prince Edward
332 Picton Main Street, Picton, ON K0K 2T0

More Information

Additional information relating to the proposed development, including the Planning Justification Report and associated supporting studies, are posted below:

Planning Justification Report

Development Site Plan

Draft Official Plan Amendment

Draft Zoning By-law Amendment

Preliminary Stormwater Management Report

Environmental Impact Study Interim Report

Water and Wastewater Servicing Assessment

Traffic Impact Review