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

Project MOVE (new municipal offices)

From 5-6PM on May 30 there is an open house at the Council Chambers to see preliminary design concepts, to understand timing.   Here is notice for this open house You can drop in any time during the hour; there is no presentation in that hour.

Staff report for MOVE is on the Council agenda that evening. (Note:  I have provided link to the agenda page; scroll down and you will find links to several PDF’s.)   As I have expressed before I am very enthusiastic about this initiative for a number of reasons. (more…)

Severance Application–Warren Road, King City

On Council 5/30 agenda there is a Staff report on the Warren Road severance application.    The technical assessment made by Planning Staff is thorough.  As I personally wrestle with this application I keep coming back to two philosophical points.  i)  Our villages are comprised of mature neighbourhoods and new subdivisions in locations defined in the community plans.  The “look” of the mature and the new is very different.  The former are not meant to be frozen in time; they will get new housing stock in time.  But, the latter needs to occur in a manner which supports the principles behind the original plans.  ii)  I have concerns with an amendment to an Official Plan providing  improvement/benefit to only the proponent (i.e. the individual property owner) and not the community at large.

To confirm process at Council on Monday:  if you want to make a deputation on this report (i.e. to express your point of view) you need to sign in.  (As you enter the Council Chambers you can sign in on the left.) As the report is first on the agenda it will be considered soon after 6 PM.

Clean Yards By-law

On 5/30 Council agenda there is a report presenting a new by-law addressing the need to establish standards and subsequent enforcement for more matters affecting the appearance of properties.  What is proposed is not a change in standards but rather how those standards are identified and thereafter enforced.  Outcomes will be faster response time to complaints; in addition it will be easier to understand the enforcement methodology.  Please review the proposed changes and provide comments; intent is to present a final report and draft by-law at the July 11 Council meeting.

Having read the report I think this is an excellent improvement for King.  As reviewed, best practises from other municipalities are being re-applied.  Here is the notice for this report.

Protecting Mature Neighbourhoods: need your help!

Design workshops are being held for King City on June 29 and for Schomberg on July 12 as input into creating new zoning by-laws for each.  Residents & business owners within these communities are needed as participants.  Intent of the new zoning by-laws is to provide effective conservation of the characters of the established subdivisions within the villages.  If you are able to participate please contact Sara Allin (sallin@king.ca).  See here for more information. (Scroll down to mid section of the page.)

At last Council (5/16) meeting the draft new zoning by-law for Nobleton was reviewed.  As the new zoning by-laws for King City and Schomberg are to be built on the Nobleton one I will comment on the latter to illustrate why these design workshops are important.  As is the case in all our villages there is one zone for single detached homes (R1).  The draft new Nobleton zoning by-law includes 5 zones.  Each (more…)

King City Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival

King City Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival

Saturday June 11  12 noon to 9:30

King City Memorial Park

Every year this event is getting better!  You can purchase tickets on line and avoid the line-up.  And if you don’t drink beer but just want the wonderful food variety, the music and the good fun with friends there is a ticket for you.  Here is link.

Animal Control Standards…new by-law

See public notice for a meeting on June 13 re:  new by-law to govern animal control and to establish minimum standard for responsible animal ownership.  You can attend that meeting to provide comments.

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