An organized hamlet may wish to alter its boundaries to add or remove land from its area. An application for boundary alteration cannot be made by the unincorporated organized hamlet, so if a hamlet board wants to alter its boundaries it must work cooperatively with its municipal council.
Section 61 of The Municipalities Act allows the Minister to issue an order that will alter the boundaries of an organized hamlet.
The organized hamlet board should discuss the option of altering its boundary with the municipal council and any affected landowners. It is recommended that a public meeting be held to discuss the proposal and answer questions from the affected ratepayers.
Organized hamlets are advisory to the municipal council, all proposals for organized hamlet boundary alterations must be submitted by the municipality. The following documentation should be submitted to request a boundary change of an organized hamlet:
- a motion from the organized hamlet board to alter the boundary;
- a complementary supporting resolution from the municipal council;
- a listing of the reasons for the proposed boundary alteration;
- proof of consent from the registered landowner to have their lands included within the organized hamlet;
- a plan of the proposed boundary alteration; and
- the registered plan numbers affected by the proposed boundary change.
After a review of the submission, if the Minister is of the opinion that the boundary of the organized hamlet should be altered, the Minister may issue an order causing the alteration. The order will state the effective date of the boundary change and will describe the new boundary of the organized hamlet.
From the effective date of the order, all previous boundary description orders are repealed and the new boundary description is deemed to be the legal description of the organized hamlet.