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

Farmers’ Markets in King

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The Farmers’ markets are in full swing now.  This Sunday, June 26 is the first one in King City.  It runs every second Sunday 8AM-1PM. And every other Saturday there is the one in Schomberg;  next one is July 2nd.  Follow the links I have provided to get details on where in case you haven’t been before.  The produce selection is truly wonderful!

Severance in Kingscross

On Council 6/27  agenda there is a Staff report on the severance application on Snowberry in Kingscross.  The technical assessment made by Planning Staff is thorough.  As I consider this application I keep coming back to two philosophical points.  i)  Our villages are comprised of mature neighbourhoods and new subdivisions in locations defined in the community plans.  The “look” of the mature and the new is very different.  The former are not meant to be frozen in time. But, changes needs to occur in a manner which supports the principles behind the original plans.  ii)  I have concerns with an amendment to an Official Plan providing  improvement/benefit to only the proponent (i.e. the individual property owner) and not the community at large.

The principles behind the subject subdivision are clearly quite different from the other mature (more…)

Mary Lake Estates: subdivision agreement

At 6/27 Council there is a report covering the subdivision agreement for Mary Lake subdivision south of 15th SDRD.  The agreement is between the Township and Mattamy (Monarch).  As is usual most the agreement is focused on building the infrastructure and the houses.  In this case there is one service being installed which will be of benefit to the broader King City community:  sidewalk will be built along Keele from McClure Drive to the 15th.   As reviewed in the report site alteration is already in process under the authority granted 11/26/16.  The subdivision agreement itself is lengthy; here is link to it

Site for New Recreational Facility in King

At June 27 Council there is a report on a very important first step towards executing the vision of new recreational facility in King Township; specifically an indoor and outdoor facility on the southeast corner of Seneca College on Dufferin Street.  The report at Council is the Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) between Township and Seneca covering the  ground lease of 25 acres for 60 years. As identified in the report there is significant work yet to be done before there will be any work at the site, and before anyone will be able to lace up their skates or to do some laps in the pool but we are now firm on where the facility will be.

Planning Project Status & Timeline Review

There are two very important planning projects underway:  Official Plan Review and Zoning By-law Review.  Many members of public have been involved in the process to varying degrees.  On 6/27 Council agenda there is a review of status of these projects and the targeted timings for completion.

CHATS’ Walk For Wellness

chatsA big thank you to those who supported me and all other walkers in CHATS’ Walk for Wellness on June 12.

Photo on left:   Walking with me is Ian Hilley, CHATS Board Member and a CHATS volunteer.

Pledges can still be made for this fundraiser at     http://www.chats.on.ca/WalkforWellness.

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