Notice of Public Meeting: Proposed Official Plan Amendment & New Parkland Dedication By-Law

Public Notice

Take notice that the Town of Lincoln has scheduled a Public Meeting regarding Town-initiated amendments to the Official Plan to update parkland dedication policies, and regarding a proposed new Parkland Dedication By-law.

A hybrid Statutory Public Meeting will be held to discuss the proposed new Parkland Dedication By-law and an Official Plan Amendment containing updated parkland dedication policies.

The Public Meeting is scheduled to be held as follows:

  • Monday, December 4, 2023
  • 6 p.m.
  • Council Chambers | Town Hall | 4800 South Service Rd | Beamsville, ON

What is Parkland Dedication?

Parkland Dedication is a tool available to municipalities under the Planning Act with respect to the conveyance of land and/or the payment of cash in lieu of land to be used for parks or other public recreational purposes as part of the approval of a development application.

About the Parkland Dedication Update

The Town of Lincoln has begun work to update its Official Plan parkland dedication policies and to establish a new Parkland Dedication By-law to replace its existing Parkland Dedication By-law, passed in 1996. These updates are needed to address legislative changes resulting from Bill 23, the More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022.  

The parkland dedication update will enable the Town to impose an Alternative Parkland Dedication Rate, which will increase the parkland dedication that the Town is able acquire for higher density residential developments. The update will also incorporate new exemptions from the Province, including non-profit housing and additional residential units. Further exemptions are proposed to be included for affordable housing units, attainable housing units, and the acceptance of certain encumbered lands as parkland dedication, and these would come into effect once these provisions have been proclaimed into force by the Province.

Have Your Say

Your input on the proposed changes are welcome and encouraged. You are invited share your feedback in several ways:

  1. Review materials online
    • A copy of the draft Official Plan Amendment, draft By-law, and supporting information is available on our website for review:
  2. Provide written comments
    • To provide input in writing, please send an email to or a letter to the Planning and Development Department by 9 a.m. on the Thursday prior to the Public Meeting. Any written correspondence will be shared with Committee members and staff. Please note, written correspondence will also be included on the agenda which will be published on the Town’s website and will form part of the public record.
  3. Listen to the staff presentation & attend the Public Meeting on Monday Dec. 4, 2023, at 6 p.m., Committee of the Whole.
    • You will be able to watch the Public Meeting live on the Town of Lincoln’s YouTube channel. If you wish to appear as a delegation for the Public Meeting (in-person or electronically) in regard to the above noted application, you must submit a delegation request either online at, by contacting the Clerk’s department at or by phoning 905-563-2799 ext. 513. Delegation requests are accepted until 9 a.m. on the Thursday prior to the meeting.

For further information, contact:

Melissa Shih

Manager of Special Projects

905-563-2799 ext. 250


Section 26 of the Planning Act Legal Notice Requirements

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Town before the proposed Official Plan is adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Town to the Ontario Land Tribunal. 

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Town before the proposed Official Plan is adopted, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Land Tribunal, unless in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

If you wish to be notified of the adoption of the proposed Official, you must make a written request to the Town Clerk and such request must include the name and address to which such notice should be sent.