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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.

Zoning By-law King City & Schomberg Complete

On June 26 Council agenda there is a report recommending the approval of the new King City & Schomberg Zoning By-law.  As I indicated recently I think this new zoning by-law is a very big step improvement in the regulations for what is built and what activities  occur within the two villages.  It provides well thought out regulations for new residential properties in the established neighbourhoods so that the character of the latter is not lost but yet the desires for different housing than what was built years ago are not denied.  The regulations for the Core Area are far more encouraging for appropriate development.  Finally, given the significant heavy rainfall experienced very recently the wisdom of incorporating minimum pervious surface requirements is very obvious. Click here to access report, maps and the by-law.  (After you click, scroll down to 2nd agenda item.)  I am very appreciative of the effort (more…)

Zoning Bylaw for King City and Schomberg

Final draft zoning by-law for King City and Schomberg is on Council Agenda for April 3rd.  This is the required public meeting for passing a zoning by-law; its unlikely that it will be passed at this meeting but we are very close. As I have commented before, reading a zoning bylaw is not exciting!  But, as it is this bylaw which guides what your community will look like in the future it is important!  To see the whole draft zoning bylaw and to review earlier drafts and input from meetings conducted over the last year click here.  I am very pleased to see that we are at this stage.  The amount of community engagement and the quality of the feedback has been key to the draft being as good as it is.

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Mary Lake Subdivision: questions answered

As reviewed in an earlier post the development of the Marys Lake subdivision is progressing.  In that post I voiced uncertainty on my part as to what is happening at the far north western sections.  Having got answers to my questions I am satisfied that the issues identified earlier about the environmental risks with development in that area have not been forgotten and that the then proposed “solutions” are being respected.  Specifically, further development in that block (identified as block 88) have significant hurdles to overcome as that block is essentially land locked; there is no access to a public road.

Planning Act Changes….Bill 73

There is an informative Staff report on Council agenda 2/6 reviewing particularly relevant changes to the Planning Act under Bill 73 which came into full force July 1, 2016.  For those who have become involved with development applications some of the changes will be of interest.  I will be asking for clarification on how we will go about determining whether King wants to establish a Planning Advisory Committee; upper tier municipalities are required to do so under Bill 73 whereas for lower tier it is an option.  Intent of these committees of which the composition includes at least one citizen is to facilitate greater collaboration between Council and the public on planning matters.  I am interested to hear from you if you think such a committee would be valuable.  

As reviewed in the report Bill 73 does include some important changes to OMB.  Reading about them reminds me that about the review of the OMB itself which is in process.  I do hope that there are some meaningful changes made but we will have to wait.

Zoning By-law Review

The best tools we have for protecting the character of our established neighbourhoods are the two updates, in process, for the King City and Schomberg zoning by-laws and the Official Plan. (For the zoning by-law amendment we are building off the effort completed for Nobleton in 2015.) I hope that residents will take some time to review the draft zoning by-law for King City and Schomberg which is now available for review and that they will provide feedback. As the subject matter is pretty dry and the documents are lengthy see below for my suggestion on how to direct your efforts. Deadline for providing your feedback is January 31st. (more…)

Early progress on new recreational facility

On Council agenda for 12/12 there are two reports dealing with the announced Township recreation centre on the grounds of Seneca at north west corner of Dufferin & 15th Sideroad.  One report is a recommendation to Council to amend the Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) between King and Seneca covering the negotiation between the two parties over the ground lease for the 25 acre parcel of land.  The amendment would extend the MOU through till end of 2017.  The second report covers a much broader topic but includes the basis for a significant financial contribution by the King City East Developers Group (KCEDG)  to the building of this recreational centre.

The latter report covers resolution of the outstanding appeal against our Development Charges by the KCEDG and the agreement by KCEDG to make a $15,000/dwelling unit contribution to the building of the recreational centre. Given that ultimately there may be 1,000 units this is significant!

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Stop Scary Sprawl!

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Monday, October 31st is the last day to tell Premier Wynne that you are opposed to any of the Protected Countryside being paved over.  You can easily send a message; click here and sign the petition asking Premier Wynne and Minister Mauro to protect the Greenbelt.

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…)

OMB Reform

The Province has initiated a review of the OMB and are seeking public input.  The closest one to us is Tuesday October 18th in Newmarket at Trinity United Church 461 Park Ave.  To learn more about the review process etc. see here.  Changing the scope of the issues open to OMB decision making needs to be significantly reduced.  I will be writing more about this later.

You will see that RSVP’s about intent to attend is “encouraged.”  I can appreciate why a perspective on how many will attend is a reasonable preference; but, if you think you can’t or won’t and at last minute you decide to go, do go!  Its important that the Province hears that we want reform.