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Bill 66 Section 10

On Council 1/14 agenda there is a report on Bill 66 which includes the Planning Staff’s recommendations for feedback to the Province by January 20.  In earlier posts I have reviewed why I consider Bill 66 Section to be regressive and bad for communities. My perspective is not changed.   It is said that the Bill is all about giving control to the municipalites so that they can act quickly to attract businesses.   It is really about giving control to a property owner in order to build a factory on lands currently protected.  Per Bill 66 a property owner with such lands asks the municipality to implement an open for business bylaw (OfB); and a willing municipality can choose to comply with no public consultation.  The Bill is very short sighted:  both about the consequences and the benefits. (more…)

Keele One

At last Council meeting (December 10) there was a report on Keele One.  Several residents made deputations citing concerns:  about process and some specific details.  I can appreciate that some citizens were somewhat surprised that we were at the stage of approving the plan  as it had been some time since the project had been at Council.  There was a lengthy hiatus due to new issues being identified by TRCA which had to be addressed; as the latter was successfully resolved we could finally move forward with an implementing bylaw. As a result of the deputations changes were made to by-law:  potential uses in the commercial space was reduced and the floor space calculation was better defined.  Here is the implementing by-law.

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Bill 66 Section 10: why its bad for communities

Since my first post about Bill 66 which, if passed as currently written, enables municipalities to pass an “open-for-business” by-law, I have been learning more.  I am now even more concerned.  As written this Bill can impact every municipality in Ontario if the local Council so chooses; and those Councils who decide to implement such a by-law can do so without any notice to their citizens.  This by-law enables development in areas currently forbidden because of threat to drinking water and environment; and it allows disregard for  sustainable land use planning criteria.   Many people are already voicing their opposition to current Bill 66 by signing petitions prepared by Ontario Greenbelt Alliance and Ontario Nature.  I encourage you to consider adding your voice. (more…)

“Open For Business”: putting our community at risk

I am extremely concerned about Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act which has recently been introduced by the Province.  I believe it puts our community at risk, as it allows municipalities to bypass planning policies and clean water regulations in our communities, including by-laws that override Greenbelt Act prohibitions. (Schedule 10 of Bill 66 is particularly concerning.)

If municipalities adopt the “Open For Business”zoning by-law as proposed in Section 10 developers will be exempt from:

  • Giving public notice about their development;
  • Consulting with the public or local Councillors about their developments;
  • Appeals to the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT) about their developments; and,
  • Greenbelt, Clean Water Act, Growth Plan or Great Lakes Protection Act Regulations.

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Public Meeting: Bushland Heights

Here is formal notice of the statutory public meeting for the development called Bushland Heights.  As indicated it will be on the February 5 Council meeting.  This development is on east side of Jane north of King Road.  At this meeting the developer presents their proposal and the initial Planning Report on it is presented.  Members of public are invited to identify their questions, concerns and/or support.  The Staff report will be on the Township website about February 1.

Although not one of the largest development applications in King it is a critical one.

  • As evident when you drive by it on Jane the topography of the land is very challenging, from a development perspective, because of steep grades and there are east Humber tributaries crossing it.
  • Both the King City Community Plan and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan demand buffers from the natural heritage features.  To date we have respected the latter in all developments in King City unless building on a brownfield site.  We have also agreed to less buffers at a couple pinch points in the North East landowners development after ecological analysis was completed.  As indicated in the notice developer is asking for relief on the buffers.
  •  Bushland Heights is surrounded (except for their frontage on Jane) by another development which has not yet been approved, namely the Mansions of King.  As we assess Bushland we need to consider how it “fits ” with the Mansions.  The fact that the latter is only on paper makes it more challenging as it may still evolve.  (I would say change of the Mansions plan is likely as it is at early stage of an OMB hearing.

 

draft Official Plan

The draft Official Plan for King Township is now posted on the Township web.  Hard copies to read will be available in the Township libraries.  To read the draft please go here; and at same place you can also read background information.  By its nature this is a very big document.  I urge you to look at the index and select the specific topics of particular interest to you.  In January and February there will be public meetings where your points of view can be heard and you can hear what others think about it. I am also very interested to hear from you directly; please make comments on this blog or email me directly at [email protected]

New Gas Station on Hwy 11/Bathurst

At December 11 Council meeting there is a statutory public meeting to address an application for a zoning bylaw amendment to facilitate development of a gas station with car wash and convenience store on Highway 11 west side of Bathurst.  Here is the Staff report.  As indicated the application includes  rezoning a rear portion of property to “environmental protection zone” to protect an existing woodlot.  Good to see this kind of economic development in the northern part of King.

OPA application for Patton Street

At December 11 Council meeting there is a statutory public meeting to address an application for a zoning bylaw amendment (OPA) to rezone a lot to “Core Area King City. ”  As reviewed in the report this application is really a correction to what should have been included when the new King City Urban Area bylaw was done earlier this year.

Presentation of OP on Thursday 11/30

The Official Plan Review team will introduce the first working draft of One King, King Township’s new draft official plan to Committee of the Whole in a working session meeting on Thursday, November 30 at 7PM in Council Chambers.  Members of the public are invited to attend the presentation.  Opportunities for public comment and participation will be provided in subsequent forums.  The draft is anticipated to be released to the public December 11. Early in 2018, a Public Open House and subsequent formal Pubic Meeting will be held where members of the public can ask questions and provide comments. For a review of Official Plan process to date see here.

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Draft Official Plan: presentation 11/30

The Official Plan Review team will be introducing the first working draft of One King, King Township’s new draft official plan to Committee of the Whole in a working session meeting on Thursday, November 30 at 7PM in Council Chambers.  Members of the public are invited to attend the presentation to learn about the new draft official plan and the next steps of the review process. Opportunities for public comment and participation will be provided in subsequent forums.  The draft is anticipated to be released to the public in December 2017. Early in 2018, a Public Open House and subsequent formal Pubic Meeting will be held where members of the public can ask questions and provide comments. For a review of Official Plan process to date see here.

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