Feb. 12 Budget Meeting Cancelled

Due to worsening weather the budget meeting scheduled for 2/12 is cancelled.  Alternate date to be determined.  Other dates are not changed.

How To Spend Your Tax Dollars

The 2019 budget is underway.  Answer the survey to indicate your choice of priorities.  The link takes you to a survey.

To participate in the survey you need to register with speaking.ca. If you haven’t done so you can easily do so when you click on the link provided above.  As I reported earlier this is an this is an engagement tool we have launched.  Currently when you access it you can answer the survey on the budget; you can also provide input to the “refresh” for the Sustainability Plan.  I encourage you to register and be engaged with what is being planned for your community.

Budget Public Consultations

The budget process includes a survey of residents’ priorities, public consultations where presentations will be made reviewing preliminary assumptions and feedback to date and discussions in Council meetings.  1st public consultation is Tuesday, Feb. 12 7-9pm at Municipal Centre.  Here is full schedule.  (Note:  this schedule information is also on the speaking.ca budget page.) If you are interested in understanding which services and programmes will be provided by the Township and  how your property tax dollars are spent, this is the time to get involved.  If you can’t make it to the Feb. 12 consultation there is another one on Feb. 20 in Nobleton.

Shall We Enable Sprawl?

The Province’s decision to eliminate Schedule 10 from Bill 66 was very welcomed as it seriously threatened security of our water, our farmland and our green spaces.  But, there are still threats as the Province is proposing amendments to the Growth Plan  for the Greater Golden Horsehoe which directs how we grow and where we grow. The current Growth Plan approved in 2017 emphasizes building compact communities with boundaries that not can not be expanded without substantial review. Its goal is to accommodate more people and jobs without sprawl by increasing density within communities.  Higher density is achieved with  smaller lots and taller multi-level residential structures than built traditionally.  Proposed amendments to the Growth Plan include lower demands for density and easier ability to expand the urban boundaries. We are all negatively affected by less dense communities:  public transit costs more and for many public transit will continue to be inadequate; maintenance of public services (water and sewage) increases as there are more pipes.  We start growing houses and not food!


Main Street Revitalization Project

On Jan. 28 Council agenda there is a report on the revitalization of Schomberg’s Main Street.   About a year ago we learned that we were eligible to receive a grant of $52,000 from Rural Economic Development; since then there has been work with stakeholders (business owners, community members) to develop goals strategies. This report includes two appendices:  one presents the background data analysis and strategy and the other reviews specific actions plans, timing and budget requirements.