Backyard hen by-law amendment – Council heard a delegation from Family Transition Place requesting an amendment to the Backyard Hen By-law to allow it to apply to have hens. Currently the property is zoned “Institutional” which would not permit the keeping of hens. Council requested that Family Transition Place provide a formal letter to the Town Clerk outlining their interest in the program and outlining the safety protocols to be followed, and upon receipt of this letter that the Backyard Chicken By-law be amended to allow Family Transition Place to participate in the Backyard Chicken Program as one of the 30 allowed participants. 

2021 Outdoor Patio/Display of Merchandise By-laws – Council voted to amend the Outdoor Boulevard Café and the Display of Merchandise By-laws for the period up to November 30, 2021. This will extend the temporary patio licence season from April 1 to November 30 and enable expansion of patios into two parking spaces in front of food establishments from May 1 to November 30.

Businesses will be able to use an outdoor display space of .75 metres (2.5 feet) from their façades or erect a tent on the street side of the boulevard, while maintaining a sidewalk/walking area of 1.5 metres, effective April 1 to November 30.

New businesses report October 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021 – A report submitted by the Economic Development division stated there were 11 new businesses and two home-based businesses established in Orangeville during the period from October 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021. Council received the report.

Open Air Burning By-law – Council voted to extend the hours of permitted open air burning in 2021 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., by permit only. It was noted that more families are spending time at home during the pandemic and may wish to enjoy this recreational activity.