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

OPA for New Town Hall Project

At Council on May 15th there is the statutory public meeting for the Official Plan Amendment (OPA) to allow the redevelopment of 2585 King Road to enable the  building  the new Town hall and police substation. As reviewed in the report the OPA has been required by the OMB as a prerequisite for approving the zoning by-law amendment.  One advantage of this unanticipated process is the identification of the extent to which our proposed development will result in an improved environmental footprint versus status quo.   I knew that our concept was positive in this regard but I had not appreciated how good it was. (See below for some details.) This does demonstrate how redeveloping brownfield sites (i..e where there was once development) offers valuable opportunities. Here is the report.

Here are some of the ecological improvements which are achieved by our plan for the site.

  • new development is more compact than previous (i.e. Holy Name School)  it does not go beyond previous disturbed area and in fact retreats from the boundaries of disturbance.
  • previous zoning was institutional and environmental protection (EP); with our development 40% of the site will be converted from institutional to EP; ultimately 70% of the site will be EP.
  • playing fields are being converted to EP with a reforestation program which will improve linkages to abutting woodlands.

Keele/Clearview Development: Public Meeting

Public meeting for a development on Keele at Clearview is being held at Council on May 8th.  In early March the developer hosted a open house with objective of giving community insight into their plans and to hear feedback.  The May 8th meeting is the statutory public meeting required by the Planning Act.  This is the opportunity for public to identify issues & concerns; ultimately if/when there is a report from Staff recommending that the development should proceed, all issues will need to be addressed.  Here is the public meeting report.  Frankly I am disappointed that the developer seems to have ignored all feedback given at its open house n March.


Widening Hwy 400: deputation for noise bylaw exemption

At May 8th Council there will be a deputation regarding an application by Ministry of Transportation (MTO) for a noise by-law exemption related to the widening of hwy 400 from 19th SDRD to 16th SDRD.  As indicated earlier the designs for this project are now available for public review; feedback needs to be submitted by May 12th.  Here is notice about the project.

Nobleton Zoning By-law Amendment Application

At May 8th Council there is the statutory public meeting for an application to amend the Nobleton Zoning By-law.  Yes….that by-law has been enacted very recently and already an amendment has been proposed.  As reviewed in the report, the application, if approved, will bring the subject property in line with the new zoning bylaw with a couple identified exceptions which I think are acceptable.   Here is the report.

Information Event on Broadband

King is not slowing down on its efforts to speed up the installation of broadband (high-speed) internet infrastructure across the township. In order to keep up the momentum, King has invited key stakeholders to an information session on Tues., May 23 from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Dr. William Laceby Community Center and Arena in Nobleton.  Among those invited to attend are both large and small internet service providers (ISPs) and King-Vaughan MP Deb Schulte.   To register see the  press release.

Spring Tea

It may not feel like spring but I know it is.  There is the annual Spring Tea Saturday, May 6th 1-4pm at Kettleby Christ Church

traditional cream tea with homemade scones & jam

other delights including bake table and plants

$6/adult; $2/child

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