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.
Process for 2015 Budget & Business Plan is beginning with a target date of approval on January 26th. At Council on December 15 the draft Township budget & business plan will be discussed. Frankly, the draft property tax increase of 5% is higher than I anticipated but having read the report I can understand why it is proposed. How this would translate to the tax rate which residents receive is unknown at this stage as the latter is influenced by Region and education rates and they are still unknown. The township rate is about 40% of the final tax levy. If this budget were approved, as is, it would represent a $99 increase on a home assessed at $614,000. I cannot encourage you enough to get familiarize yourself with the plans for how your tax dollars are spent; now is the time.
The draft business plan proposes new initiatives (activities, projects, headcount). Here are some of them with my (more…)
Work has started to create a master plan for our trails. Your input is very much wanted. Please complete the survey here; it will take you only a couple minutes. Just doing the survey was an eye opener for me; if I had been asked to identify all the trails in King I doubt that I would have hit everyone.
The Parks, Recreation & Culture 2013 Masterplan update included development of such a plan as a means to improve connections between our between neighbourhoods and across our villages. In addition, we want to promote the trails as an active drop-in opportunity for improving our health, both physical and mental.
You are invited to attend the 1st step in updating our zoning by-law: a review of the by-law as it pertains to Nobleton. Even if you live elsewhere in the Township you may find this to be interesting as this review will likely serve as a template for the other villages; in addition it is a good opportunity to understand more fully all that is encompassed in the zoning by-law. The 1st public meeting is Tuesday, December 16th 6-8 PM with a formal presentation at 6:30 at the Nobleton Arena and Community Center.
For many people their first encounter with the zoning by-law for their property is when they wish to do some construction, to make some changes. Then, they learn about required set backs from property lines, height limitations etc. It is in this by-law that types of uses/activity for a property is determined; what the density can be. (more…)
Ironically, at same time as a study about threats to the Greenbelt (GB) is released, the Province is initiating stage 2 of their Environmental Assessment for the GTA West Transportation Corridor. I call it ironic as the study identifies major infrastructure projects, which includes highways, as one of four top threats to GB, and the Corridor is a new 400 series highway which cuts through the GB.
If you are interested here is a link to the project. On the left side you will see “public information and community workshops.” Click on it; below the dates of the meetings you will see links to maps and reports.
As this Corridor is mainly a 400 series highway for trucks and cars it is very, very disappointing. A strong case is made for the need to move goods more effectively than is happening today, let alone in 15-20 years. But, I consider the proposal to be very unimaginative and very destructive in terms of the amount of agricultural land and significant natural heritage landscapes being destroyed or harmed between 400 (starting just south of King Road) and Milton. Its proximity to King’s south boundary does mean that we cannot indulge in a selfish sigh of relief that we have escaped this one. Specific route and interchanges are yet to be determined. Hence, it was great to see several residents of King at the one public session I went to.
To clarify my comment about that the GTA corridor is “mainly” a 400 series highway. At the information session when I was asking there was not more consideration to building a rail corridor I was told that the plan does include some sort of public transit corridor adjacent to the highway and that it would be built “later.”
Want to influence how King looks, how King works and what King is? Apply to participate in one of the Townships Advisory Committees or one of its Boards. Click here to learn more about each of committees and boards and for details on the process. Applications will be accepted up to December 12th 2014.
There are 6 different committees & boards; each with a different focus. Term is 4 years.
Accessibility Advisory Committee
Committee of Adjustment
Heritage Advisory Committee
Holland marsh Drainage System Joint Municipal SErvice Board
Sustainability Advisory Committee
King Public Library Board
Volunteering and being a members of any one of the above is a great way to learn about Township’s key issues & initiatives and to influence them. Applications should be submitted to Kathryn Smyth, Township Clerk by December 12, 2014.