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

Spring Tea in Kettleby May 7

Spring tea at Kettleby Christ Church

Saturday, May 7  11AM-3PM

in addition to tea & scones and delicious bake table there are native plants, heritage seeds & plant

and more...Here is the poster with all the details


Public Meeting: North East Landowners OPA Application

The statutory public meeting for the Official Plan Amendment application by the developers with property in the north east quadrant of King City is on Monday May 2nd.  Here is the Staff Report.  At time of writing this post I have not had opportunity to read the report; you can read here comments I made previously after attending the open house hosted by the developers.

This public meeting is the opportunity for public to raise questions, to make comments.  Council will not be making a decision on May 2nd but rather we will give direction to Staff on next steps including the need to address issues raised by the public.  If you have some questions/comments but are unable to attend or you simply prefer to do it in writing, you can send an email/letter to Gaspare Ritacca at gritacca@king.ca


Nobleton Zoning By-law: public meeting

One of the important policy projects underway is the updating of our zoning by-laws.  As I have reviewed in previous posts, effort is underway to create a Nobleton specific by-law.  (The current one is a Township wide one dating from 1973); once approved the plan is to re-apply it to the other 2 villages i.e. Schomberg and King City with variation as appropriate in response to the specifics of those villages.  May 16 there will be a public meeting for Nobleton zoning by-law. At time of writing this post, the Staff report is not available but the draft by-law is available for review.  Reading a zoning by-law is not exciting; but it is important in terms of how it regulates what is built in your neighbourhood and how it is built.  Staff report will likely be available about May 11.

At a statutory public meeting the Council does not make decisions; rather it directs Staff on how to proceed.  Usually that direction includes the need to address the questions and comments raised by the public at the Public Meeting.  If you are unable to attend or if you simply prefer, letters/emails can be submitted as input.  Send to Sarah Allin at nobletonzblreview@king.ca.



Economic Development in King: video

I highly recommend that you take 8 minutes to watch the visual presentation of our Economic Development strategy now available on youtube; or you can access it at home page of king.caIts an extremely easy way to have an overview as to what the goals of the strategy are and to see some hard actual examples of actions & projects underway.  This visual was unveiled, so to speak, at the Mayor address luncheon with Chamber of Commerce last week.  When I watch it my response is pretty simple:  “wow!! I am glad that I am living here.”


Exciting Weekend In King

When I realized the number of events in the April 22,23,24 weekend I wished, for a moment, that I could clone myself.

  • Friday April 22nd there is the Ryan Cook concert at Kingbridge.  Its going to be a great concert for a good cause, King for Refugees. If you want tickets contact me.
  • Saturday is clean up day in King.  Yes, you can pick up the litter on your own but its a great opportunity to work with your neighbours.  See here for registering with Environmental Stewardship and getting some supplies.
  • Saturday and Sunday is ASK Studio Tour.


Impact of draft YR Transportation Plan on King

As a follow up to the presentation by York Region Staff on their updated Transportation Master Plan, King Staff have reviewed it with an eye to understanding impact on King.  At April 18th Council our Staff’s report is on the agenda.  As reviewed in the report there are several areas where more information is required; clearly there are some “red flags.”  It appears that the Region continues to not provide a solution to the negative impact of the arterial roads going through our villages.   The proposed continuity of 15th Sideroad between Keele and Jane is a serious concern.

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