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KeeleOne

At October 17 Council there is a public meeting for a development application for property on Keele north of Station Road including the site often referred to as the former potato chip factory.  I consider this application to be exciting as it propose to create what is very much needed in King City:  alternative housing forms.  The specific location is the right place for a development featuring stacked townhomes given its proximity to GO station.  As reviewed in the report there are some critical challenges before approval is achieved related to accessing the property.

As I read over the report and looked at the renderings a couple very positive aspects stand out.  Plan shows 16 one bedroom units (which is 25% of all the units). This will be of interest to those starting to live (more…)

Greenbelt or….swiss cheese?

The review of the Growth Plan and Conservation Plans is coming to a close.  I have written about it several times.  Last week shocking news was released; in addition to considering policy changes the Province has received 650 requests from developers and municipalities to remove lands from the Protected Countryside of the Greenbelt.  The number is shocking but also is the fact that the Province may make decisions to approve without quality public consultation; the public should not have to comb through the Environmental Registry to find requests in order to communicate concerns to the Province.

Here is map showing some (1/3) of the requests.  There are at least 20 requests from land owners in King Township to take 520 hectares out of the Protected Countryside.  (I say “at least” as only 1/3 of the (more…)

“new” developments in King City

There are 3 development projects proposed for King City which are being presented in October.

Two of them are public information sessions hosted by the developer.  Purpose is to show interested community members  the concept that the developer is proposing to build; and to give the public an opportunity to speak directly with the developer or its agent to ask questions, to provide feedback. After these sessions there will be a public meeting for each at a Council meeting (The latter meetings are  statutory ones required by the Planning Act); dates are yet to be determined.

  • For northwest corner of King Rd/King Blvd there is a proposal.  Information session is Wed. Oct. 12 7-9PM at King City Arena.  Here are more details.
  • South of Kingscross with frontage on Jane and King Road there is proposal called Mansions of King. Information session is Wed. Oct. 26 7-9PM at King City Seniors Centre (30 Fisher St., King City.)  Here are more details; note that there is a presentation at 7:30

And there is  1 public meetings scheduled for Monday Oct. 17 Council.   (This is the statutory one required by the Planning Act,)  At this meeting the Planning Staff present their assessment of the project called KeeleOne and comments about the application; and the public has the opportunity to make a deputation  indicating support, questions/comments, opposition.  The proposal is to rezone the land for mixed use, medium density residential

If someone wants to make a deputation they do not need to register in the Council Chamber; if someone cannot attend they can mail in their comments.  About 5 days before the public meeting the Staff report is posted on the Township website as part of the Council agenda; specifically, for the 10/17 Council, the agenda, including the Staff report on this development will be published about Oct. 12 or 13.

 

Protected Lands Increase in Size

On September 26 there is Public Meeting at Council regarding a proposal to convey 10.5 hectares from private ownership to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). This is the kind of public meeting which I truly enjoy!  When NCC acquires property it implements conservation and stewardship activities to help sustain the forest.  If this acquisition is completed conserved lands in Happy Valley Forest will total 313 hectares (773 acres).  Here is the report detailing specifics land, location etc.

 

 

Mary Lake Estates: subdivision agreement

At 6/27 Council there is a report covering the subdivision agreement for Mary Lake subdivision south of 15th SDRD.  The agreement is between the Township and Mattamy (Monarch).  As is usual most the agreement is focused on building the infrastructure and the houses.  In this case there is one service being installed which will be of benefit to the broader King City community:  sidewalk will be built along Keele from McClure Drive to the 15th.   As reviewed in the report site alteration is already in process under the authority granted 11/26/16.  The subdivision agreement itself is lengthy; here is link to it

Public Meeting for North East corner of King City

The public meeting for the application by the landowners of the quadrant in the north east corner of King City (i.e. south west corner of 15th Sideroad/Dufferin) is scheduled for Monday May 2nd in the Council chambers at 6 PM.  Earlier I posted the information boards presented at the open house hosted by the landowners in March; I anticipate that the application and analysis thereof presented at the upcoming public meeting will be based on these boards.  This is a complex and significant application; I encourage you to read the  notice  to see the specific amendments requested. As is usual, the Staff report will be published online about 5 days before i.e. about April 27.

The public meeting is part of the process dictated by the Planning Act for Official Plan Amendment (OPA) applications.  No decision is made at this meeting.  This is the meeting where the public has the opportunity to express their point of view about the application and to ask questions.

The Township has been working on a process to review and update our Official Plan; that process is not (more…)

King City East Development: story boards from open house

King City East Landowners gave the public an opportunity to understand their application to develop the southwest quadrant of 15th Sideroad/Dufferin.  This application has not been approved; in fact, the approval process is just beginning.  This development is significant:  a big piece of land (204 ha/500 acres); and requested deviations from the current Official Plan are significant. At this stage in my understanding of the project I have 1 significant concern:  the increase in density (on average, double that which is in official plan) and all the traffic which will come with that. I am also disappointed that the planned built form is predominantly single detached homes.  And I am far from being  comfortable about requested buffer reductions in a couple spots and will be looking for more information.

Below are links to the story boards shown at the March 6th open house.  Note: these story boards have been prepared by the developers to present their application.  For those interested to either simply (more…)

N/E quadrant of King City Development

The rural looking farm lands in the southwest quadrant of Dufferin/15th Sideroad are zoned for residential development.  The land owners (known as the King City East Landowners Group) have made an application for an Official Plan Amendment (OPA); to inform the public as to their plans they are hosting a open house on Wednesday, March 2 6-8PM at the King City Library.

If you are interested in the evolution, the growth in King City I encourage you to attend.  Unlike the statutory Public Meeting which will be held at Council (date yet to be identified), this is an opportunity for you to talk to the developers and their agents directly.  I anticipate that they will have visuals to show their plans.

The area is zoned for low density residential development which means 3 units/hectare (1.2/acre.)  The developers propose to build a higher density of 7/hectare; hence the need for an OPA.

 

 

 

 

 

Hickory Hills OPA Application

There is report on Council agenda regarding a long outstanding application from Hickory Hills to create 2  lots in their land holdings west of Dufferin and south of the Zancor subdivision. I do have some questions but I don’t anticipate that the answers will modify my decision to not support the Staff recommendation.  The recommendation by Staff is to support &endorse the applications  with a  list of conditions; to my mind the conditions are too significant given that number of key natural heritage and hydrological features in the area.  Even though the lots are within the Oak Ridges Moraine (ORM) Settlement Area their “characteristic” is what the ORM is all about.  Indeed, it might be okay to have these lots; but the data is still not available for review; hence I don’t think we should be approving.

I am disappointed to see that the proponent continues to not respect/support the practise of buffer land and natural features being conveyed to public ownership i.e. to either the Township or to Toronto Regional Conservation Authority. They probably argue that such is not at all “required”  as the buffer lands and natural features are not within the lots which are the subject of the application; but, given their proximity to the 2 lots and that some of them are actually between the 2 lots I think it is very appropriate. Given that the natural features include the King-Vaughan Provincially Significant Wetland, this is an important issue.

 

 

Public Art Policy–what do you think?

November 2nd Council agenda includes a Staff report recommending a public art policy.  Reading it I can see that the intent is clear and very appropriate:  how to influence the caliber and type of public art in King so that the art does serve to create a more visually-rich community and that it inspires community engagement.  I am interested to hear whether you think the recommended policy does achieve this.  As this is a first for King, it is important to start off well.