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

Zoning By-law King City & Schomberg Complete

On June 26 Council agenda there is a report recommending the approval of the new King City & Schomberg Zoning By-law.  As I indicated recently I think this new zoning by-law is a very big step improvement in the regulations for what is built and what activities  occur within the two villages.  It provides well thought out regulations for new residential properties in the established neighbourhoods so that the character of the latter is not lost but yet the desires for different housing than what was built years ago are not denied.  The regulations for the Core Area are far more encouraging for appropriate development.  Finally, given the significant heavy rainfall experienced very recently the wisdom of incorporating minimum pervious surface requirements is very obvious. Click here to access report, maps and the by-law.  (After you click, scroll down to 2nd agenda item.)  I am very appreciative of the effort (more…)

GO Train Expansion

On June 26 agenda there is staff report providing update on the Metrolinx project to execute GO train service to both ways, all days, every 15 minutes.  Its very clear that the important details are not yet determined and its critical that our Staff continues to be very involved.  I am disappointed that the report does not include specific reference to how King will be applying for whistle cessation; I will be asking about this at Council.  As is reviewed in the report the assessment process (TPAP) is underway; as I have indicated in an earlier post public information meetings are in process. The nearest one to us is one in Newmarket on July 5; see here for more details.

Cultural Diversity in King

World Refugee Day is Tuesday, June 20.  To celebrate it King for Refugees is hosting a multi-cultural community dinner that day from 5-8PM at the King City Seniors Centre.  Here is more information.  And…if you haven’t dropped into the King City library yet to mark the map showing where you and/or your ancestors are from you are invited to do this too.

Zoning By-law for King City and Schomberg

Revised draft zoning by-law is now available for your review; it will be on June 26 agenda for Council adoption.  Based on feedback zoning by-law no longer encompasses all 3 villages; Nobleton will continue to be regulated by the zoning by-law passed in 2016. The new one for King City and Schomberg builds on the framework developed for the Nobleton one with modifications to reflect local specifics.  For all the villages the new zoning by-laws is our best tool for protecting the character of our established older neighbourhoods which are threatened with severances and/or houses over-sized compared to others on the street.  You can read the proposed new zoning by-law here and all the background documents.

In this final draft I believe that ability to severe lots has been improved for those lots identified as being R1.  As evident when you look at the maps there are many older established neighbourhoods zoned as R1; some of them have relatively largely lots.  The proposed zoning by-law identifies that the lot size must continue to be as it is on the day the by-law passes.

If you have any questions please contact the policy planner kharrison@king.ca or 905 833 4065.

Canada 150

A very unique experience is being planned for July 1.  There will be lots of celebratory features on the schedule including a variety of musicians and of course fireworks.  In addition, as one small way to acknowledge that Canada was rich in culture long before 1867, invitations were made to First Nations to participate and they have accepted.  There will be fun for all ages.  Here is the poster with more details.



Electrifying GO Trains: what it will take

Metrolinx is working towards delivering a very different service on the GO train corridors; specifically electrified trains every 15 minutes or better, all day and in both directions within the most heavily travelled sections of the GO network by 2025.  (To date I have heard that the Barrie corridor between Union Station and Aurora fits into the latter.) They are now at the stage of hosting meetings to review with the public the impact of building the infrastructure required to electrify the network of GO trains and to review their proposed mitigation.  Here is the formal notice/invitation   There is one meeting in our area:  Wednesday, July 5 at Newmarket Community Centre at 200 Doug Duncan Drive. Formal presentation is at 7 but runs from 6:30-8:30. (To clarify…you can go to any of the meetings.)


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