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

Rosie from King City has the gold again!

Congratulations to Rosie MacLennan! 

With grace and great skill she has won her second gold Olympics medal! 

We are all so proud of Rosie. 

What A Bargain: subsidized tree planting for you

LEAF offers a subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program to help you get the right tree in the right place. For approximately $150 to $220 per tree you will get a site consultation in your yard with an arborist, a five to eight foot tall tree (or two to four feet tall for evergreen trees) and full planting service. Signing up for this now is a great idea as fall is a perfect time to plant trees.

Or, if you want to plant in your front or side yard (or just like to get your hands dirty), try the Do-It-Yourself version of the program. For $100 to $170 per tree, you’ll receive access to online tree care and maintenance video workshops, personalized advice from arborists by email, and a tree delivered right to your door!

Native shrubs and garden kits are also available. The program is available to homeowners and multi-units across York Region.  I know several people who have taken advantage of LEAF’s services and they are thrilled.

For more information on how the program works or to book a consultation, visit www.yourleaf.org/node/1411

September Events: culture, history and art

Just a head’s up on some excellent September activities & events in King.

Sunday, September 11 is the annual Schomberg Street Gallery.  This is a beautiful one of a kind event:  walk and enjoy Schomberg’s Main Street; and along the way check out the arts and crafts and talk to the maker.

Saturday, September 17 10AM -4PM its Doors Open in KingIts an excellent opportunity to tour some of the cultural and historical treasures of King.  11 venues will be open to the public; its free.  Read here for the details. 


Learning How to Grow Trees

As I have posted separately LEAF offers a wonderful service:  not only will they supply a tree they will plant it for you in the right place on your property.  But maybe you would like to plant your own tree; or perhaps you want to know more about how to maintain trees.  Sign up for LEAF’s Tree Tenders Volunteer Training course this fall. This multi-day program is designed to give you tree-related knowledge and skills. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about trees and how to properly care for them, this course is for you!

Each session provides basic arboriculture training through a combination of indoor and outdoor instruction and a group tree planting. Richmond Hill session starts September 10, 2016. For more information and to register, visit www.yourleaf.org/node/475

Rezoning Current Township Office Property

On Monday August 29 there is a public meeting as required for changing the zoning for the property where the Township Office is located.  Changing the zoning to permit a variety of commercial uses within a commercial or mixed multi-unit residential and commercial development is appropriate prior to selling the property to receive the best price.  Proceeds from the sale is key for financing the new Township Office at the former Holy Name School site on King Road.  As usual if you are questions, comments that you want to make you can attend the public meeting and do so.



YR Master Transportation Plan

York Region’s Transportation Plan has been completed and is now open for comments until September 15th.  This is not only about road projects although that does tend to dominate both in projects and required capital funds!  The plan includes bicycle routes and decisions about dedicated infrastructure; also plans for public transit and provision of safe walking infrastructure is included too.  The plan looks out to 2041.  I have only skimmed the report so far but I have absorbed enough to know that I am disturbed at the amount of new pavement being proposed over the next 25 years.  Whatever aspect of transportation interests you I encourage you to review the executive summary and provide feedback as indicated. For more details see further below.


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