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.
If you are concerned about maintaining and/or increasing the protection of the Oak Ridges Moraine and the protected countryside of the Greenbelt I urge you to submit your comments to the Province by May 28th. I believe changes are required to better protect our agricultural lands in a manner which enables the stewards of these lands (i.e. food farmers, horse breeders etc.) to be successful. We need growth to be contained within the current urban boundaries so that the open spaces (farmland, natural heritage features) are preserved and that our communities grow within the urban boundaries with transit and other features which make them great places to live. We need to protect our water and to be addressing climate change. We need the Province to look long term and to maintain & improve policies so that as our communities grow efficiently we are protecting our farmland & forests.
There is a lot of support for maintaining and even growing the Greenbelt as people want the outcomes (more…)
As I indicated earlier, the Transportation Masterplan is on the agenda for May 25. Here is the very brief report which essentially identifies next steps and how insights from the work done to date will be used in planning for capital budget, the Development Charge by-law; in addition it identifies discussions with York Region for uploading roads. To read the masterplan please click here. For those interested in this initiative I urge you to attend Council in time to hear the presentation from the consultant. I anticipate that the presentation will be shortly after 6 PM.
Looking for a special gently used treasure? Saturday, May 23rd 9AM -3PM is annual bazaar at Sacred Heart Parish at 14485 Jane St, King City (corner of Jane and 16th SDRD). This year there is a new feature: a sealed bid auction for a 6′ pink grand piano. For details on the bazaar, how to place your bid on the piano and how to set up a time to check out the ivories see here.
Magna International is coming to King City! There truly will be “prestigous employment” at the lands designated for such in the southeast quadrant of Jane/King Road intersection. Local media has speculated on who the property owner would be but the actual plan has just been announced: Magna has acquired the site to consolidate their Greater Toronto Area headquarters there along with R&D operations; when completed there will be 650 new jobs in King. Here is King’s Press Release of May 14. As the press release indicates Magna is submitting an application for a zoning amendment; even though we have always referred to the site as prestige employment, it is still zoned as it was traditionally.
As is the grand tradition, bring your family& friends to Nobleton for the parade at 11AM, food, music & fun throughout the day and then the greatest fireworks ever.