Hello Ward 5!

Councillor Debbie Schaefer
Hello Ward 5 residents & businesses and the rest of King Township,

I am thrilled to continue as Councillor for Ward 5 in this ever so beautiful King Township!  I appreciate so much the trust that voters have expressed by voting for me.  I will work hard and creatively to serve the community for this next term of Council.

As I campaigned I not only had the opportunity to tell people about myself and what I wanted to accomplish, I also heard from residents about the issues and how they see them.  Top issue expressed is traffic (speed and volume) and parking.  A close second one is development, both subdivision development and development within the traditional/older subdivisions.  In King City, inadequate amenities were often flagged; this particularly frustrates some since new subdivisions have been built.   I heard from our rural businesses and homeowners that they need a significant improvement in broadband capability.  I also heard about substandard roads and sidewalks.

I heard clear confirmation that people expect and want our natural heritage to be protected.  I also heard relief that I stand for not changing the boundaries of King City and not increasing the population cap of 12,500 for King City.

Hearing all this only increased my desire to serve on Council for this term.  The Council of 2010-14 initiated and approved many strategies which address these issues.  We have some big challenges; but we have identified where we want to get to and how we are going to do so.

Debbie Schaefer

Laskay Hall

20608375172_28f61e6c49_bLaskay Hall, on Weston Road, is one of our beloved heritage properties. As reviewed in the report before Council on October 17th there is the need to make a tough decision about this property.  Do we maintain status quo which likely, in essence,  represents a decision to essentially turn it into a monument; or, do we physically move it and position it to serve the community by being a meeting place for various groups and a space for the arts?  As evident from the report there has been significant public consultation; and there has been assessment of the financial issues.  As indicated in the report one stakeholder group has not yet weighed in, the Heritage Advisory Committee.  Laskay Hall is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act; hence the choice to move merits serious discussion by the Committee.  The report in question does not include a final recommendation; rather it is to confirm Council interest in pursuing an option of moving it.  Assuming that Council is interested next steps include review by HAC; in addition funds will need to be included in 2017 budget.


At October 17 Council there is a public meeting for a development application for property on Keele north of Station Road including the site often referred to as the former potato chip factory.  I consider this application to be exciting as it propose to create what is very much needed in King City:  alternative housing forms.  The specific location is the right place for a development featuring stacked townhomes given its proximity to GO station.  As reviewed in the report there are some critical challenges before approval is achieved related to accessing the property.

As I read over the report and looked at the renderings a couple very positive aspects stand out.  Plan shows 16 one bedroom units (which is 25% of all the units). This will be of interest to those starting to live (more…)

King City & Schomberg Zoning By-laws

Developing new zoning by-laws for King City and Schomberg is continuing.  As evident from the report at Council on October 17 there is valuable re-application of the new by-law for Nobleton but without ignoring the uniqueness of these 2 villages.  As I have expressed many times this exercise cannot be accomplished quickly enough; but, I am still concerned that it be quality work.  Hence, I strongly urge King City residents and business owners to review the report; if you have feedback and you cannot attend the Council meeting please send your feedback to me or the Clerk at kmoyle@king.ca or to Sara Allin at sallin@king.ca.

The intent of the 10/17 report is to present to Council the Discussion Paper which builds from the workshops held in early summer; and to hear comments from Council and members of the public.  For background on this project, click here.    And if you want to access the Discussion Paper directly i.e. without going to the Staff report click here

Seneca Expansion: Gold LEED

As reported in our local papers, the ceremonial ground breaking ceremony for the expansion at Seneca College was held Oct. 5.  At October 17 Council meeting there is a report recommending approval of the site plan. The plan is an exciting one as it will deliver >20 new classrooms & labs, 150 jobs in a building designed to achieve Gold LEED standard.  President David Agnew will be making a presentation at Council.


Medical Marihuana Zoning By-law

At October 17 Council meeting there is a statutory public meeting for the review of a draft zoning by-law for marihuana production facilities.  It addresses the zoning requirements for establishing such a facility in the Township.

This is the opportunity for the public to ask questions, show support or indicate opposition.  If you would like to do so, come to the Council meeting; there is no need to register as it is a public meeting.  If you have comments/questions but can’t attend you can forward your comments to me or to the Clerk at kmoyle@king.ca.

Greenbelt or….swiss cheese?

The review of the Growth Plan and Conservation Plans is coming to a close.  I have written about it several times.  Last week shocking news was released; in addition to considering policy changes the Province has received 650 requests from developers and municipalities to remove lands from the Protected Countryside of the Greenbelt.  The number is shocking but also is the fact that the Province may make decisions to approve without quality public consultation; the public should not have to comb through the Environmental Registry to find requests in order to communicate concerns to the Province.

Here is map showing some (1/3) of the requests.  There are at least 20 requests from land owners in King Township to take 520 hectares out of the Protected Countryside.  (I say “at least” as only 1/3 of the (more…)

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