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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.

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…)