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What do you want to see at new Recreation Facility?

King will be building new multi-use Recreation Facility on south east corner of 15th Sideroad and Dufferin (on Seneca lands). It will have both indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities. You input is very much needed now as the design process begins. Please let us know what you would like to see at this facility: do the survey, attend on of the upcoming public consultation meetings:  11/20 (Monday) at Township Office in Council Chambers, 11/23 (Thursday) at Trisan Centre, 11/28 (Tuesday) Holland Marsh Christian School in Ansnorveldt.  See here for more information about this new facility and opportunities to provide input.

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Brownsville Junction: 4 new townhouses on flood plain

On Council agenda for 10/30 there is a Planning Report regarding an application for 4 town homes to be built at Cooper Drive and Dr. Kay. Given that approval of the requested Official Plan Amendment and the zoning bylaw amendment results in residential being built on what is flood plain, an identified Environmental Constrain Area, I am very uncomfortable with the report as it stands.  In last 4 months we have seen the impact of building on flood plains.  I need to understand far more why we would be approving this application at this stage.  As indicated there are numerous conditions still to be addressed before they could commence construction; why don’t we wait until those conditions are met?

Committee Of Adjustment: Review by Planning

Planning Department is proposing to engage more routinely in the Committee of Adjustment (CofA) process.  The latter is the process whereby property owners request “minor variances,” in addition to consent/severance applications.  To date Planning Staff do provide advice on the latter to the Committee but do not for the former.  For reasons identified in the report I believe their plan to provide advice for minor variances is very welcomed.  But, I do wonder about the effort to do so and if it is feasible within current budget.   Here is report.  

As indicated, the ultimate decision on minor variance still rests with the Committee.

Koffler Scientific Reserve

There are many “activities” in King which make me proud.  The work being done at Koffler Scientific Reserve is one of them.  At the Koffler, there is ongoing research projects, including studies in forest ecology, soil ecology, biological invasions, plant defenses, fungal biodiversity, pollinating insects, plant reproductive ecology, and ecological impact of global change.  Research is not being done exclusively by University of Toronto ( of which the Koffler is part of) but also by institutes in other countries.  To do this work, infrastructure at the site is required.  But, as the Reserve is in core Oak Ridges Moraine significant attention to such development is required.  At 5/29 Council there is the statutory public meeting for the required zoning by-law amendment to allow the identified infrastructure requirements. Its quite evident that a research entity with focus on the environment does not get a “free pass” in terms of building infrastructure.  Good, very good to see; but at same time we need to enable the research to happen.  You can read the report here.  As always, this is the time to ask questions, to identify concerns.

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.