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New Town Hall Update

At Council on 5/29 there is a staff report recommending that we approve an Official Plan Amendment related to our plan to build a new town hall at 2585 King Road.   As I have explained in prior posts this step has been required by the OMB.  I anticipate that Council will approve the proposed OPA; assuming it is not appealed we will be able to issue requests for proposals to make a bid on constructing the building in July.

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.

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Crossing Eaton Hall Creek

The public information session (PIC) held on 2/19 to review options for crossing Eaton Hall Creek in the King City East development has generated some good questions.  Specifically, questions/concerns about inclusion of options involving connection to Tawes Trail for the required local roads.  As Norm said in his comment to me inclusion of such was surprising as Council has given very specific direction to not make such a connection.  (I have posted Norm’s question in comments on lower right side of home page.)

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Mary Lake Subdivision: moving forward

There is recommendation on 2/27 Council  which will move forward the Mary Lake subdivision; specifically, the issuance of building permits will soon be occurring.  I will be asking a couple questions about the most westerly portion of the subdivision (Block 88).

LCBO Signage in King City

A Staff report on 2/6 Council agenda addresses the issue of signage for LCBO to be opened in the Kingridge Market (west Dufferin/north King Road.); specifically whether all illuminated signs need to be illuminated by external sources.

There are 2 policies in conflict which come into play.   1st: there is the familiar challenge of a business setting up as a corporate brand;  as one would expect corporate HQ wants uniformity across the land  and accordingly they want to use internal illumination.  2nd:  We included signage details in our site plan for the Kingridge Market in 2013 and those details included no internal illumination.  The latter was driven by our overall intent for high standard of design for the Market Place.

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Development on Station Road: information session

Wednesday, February 1 from 7-8PM there is a information session hosted by a developer with property on north side of Station Road in King City.  This is an opportunity for the public to learn about the application and aske questions, make comments directly with the developers and/or their agent.  This is NOT the the statutory public meeting which is chaired by the Mayor in Council; this meeting will be in next month and will be advertised in local paper.  The February 1st meeting is at the King City Arena, 2nd floor in the Lions’ Den.

 

 

Come To Council 12/6: interesting presentations

At council on  Tuesday, December 6 Council meeting there are 2 important projects of great relevance to King residents.  1st…there will be big “reveal” and Council discussion on project MOVE (our new municipal offices.)  2nd…there will be discussion about a multi-use facility in King City including the expanded King City Library and the King City Seniors Centre.  For each, there will be both presentations and a Staff report.

For MOVE there will be a presentation by the Prime Consultant,+VG Architects of the detailed building and site plan; in addition there is a staff report with recommendations for next steps and approving the overall total budget of $21.5 million.  From reading the report it is evident that there is a focus on being financially prudent in terms of the capital cost but there is also an eye to doing it right for the long term. I will be proud to see our Town Hall operating as a LEED silver building.

I will be seeking more information as to the decision to not incorporate solar on the roof.  I am disappointed as it is one infrastructure choice which is so visible and hence it indicates that we are “walking the talk.”  Clearly the decision to install geothermal is very much “walking the talk” too but only the informed will be aware of it.

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Mansions of King Application

At November 28th Council there is a public meeting on an application entitled Mansions of King.  property best described as being south of Kingscross with some road frontage on King Road. I have several serious concerns about the application. Below I have elaborated further but in summary the issues are high risk of environmental degradation and degradation of current community (Kingscross) character.  Its evident that our Staff is far from satisfied; furthermore, input from Toronto Regional Conservation Authority has not been received yet.  If you are interested in this project,make a deputation at the Council on Monday; if you can’t attend or you prefer to not make a deputation send your input to Clerk, [email protected]; your input will be given to Council and it will be part of the public (more…)

Development North of Dennison on Keele

At 11/14 Council meeting there is a public meeting for a development application on east side of Keele just north of  Dennison.  As indicated in Staff report there is interest in seeing more diversity of housing forms in King City; hence this application for 18 townhome common element condominium units is very interesting.  Having said that I can see that there are some serious issues with the application as it is today, including substantially inadequate vegetation protection zone from natural heritage features.  You can read the report here.  This is the time for public to voice their concerns, ask questions.

In addition to the inadequate buffer zones I am disappointed in the architecture.  Too much of our recent builds include steep peaked roofs and gables; and as pointed out by one person already, this style is not in keeping with King City heritage.  I am also keen to see that development for the property in this application be partnered, at least from a planning stage, with the property to the north.