Township of Scugog: Value Added Agricultural Practices
Rural communities finding creative solutions for value added agricultural practices.
A key initiative that aids the township is a comprehensive zoning by-law that allows for home occupations and home industries. This type of zoning by-law is meant to encourage small businesses on rural properties.
Official Plan Policy
2.7 Economic Development
c) Encouraging the development of home-based businesses provided the proposed use is compatible with adjacent land uses;
d) Providing opportunities to improve and enhance the quality of agriculture value-added industry in the Township including local agricultural food production processing and distribution;
Home Industries Zoning By-Law
These industries are meant to serve the surrounding farm community and could include: small welding shops, wood- working businesses, bed and breakfasts, as well as other home occupations.
These home industries are considered small business incubators which could move into larger employment areas in the future.
Key Lessons and Tools
Focus on promoting agricultural businesses and food production businesses. Some of the success that the township has been experiencing is a result of hard work which has focused on promoting and growing agricultural related businesses.
Have committees that support various municipal initiatives.
Don Gordon, Planner
905-985-7346 ext. 153