Agricultural lot sizes and meeting the diverse needs of agriculture in Huron County

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Burns, Jennifer
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University of Guelph

This research has been conducted in response to the growing demand from politicians and the old-order Anabaptist Community for smaller farm parcel sizes in Huron County. The research will explore the current parcel sizes that exist within the County and examine the type of agriculture common in each of the nine lower-tier Municipalities. In attempts to gain a better understanding of the long-term impacts of small lot creation within the County, several small parcels (under 20 acres) that were created for agriculture between 1971-1988 will be investigated. It is the goal of this research to provide insight to the small lots that currently exist within the County and to provide policy options to plan for the future of agriculture in Huron County. The objectives of this research are to: 1. Explore the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS), The Planning Act and Huron County Official Plans and Zoning By-laws as they relate to land division in prime agricultural areas; 2. Identify existing agricultural parcels, including small parcels, and their current use within the County of Huron; 3. Identify small farm parcels created between 1971-1988 and determine whether they are currently being utilized for agriculture; 4. Provide policy development recommendations to the County of Huron and other local governments facing similar pressures to decrease the minimum agricultural lot size.

agricultural lot size, parcel size, land use, agriculture, policy, Provincial Policy Statement, The Planning Act, zoning by-laws, municipal plans