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About current Township office property & new Township office location

There were a couple staff reports of particular interest to the community which were on the August 29 meeting.  I regret not being able to alert my readers ahead of time as I was away until Aug. 28 and barely had time to read the reports and prepare for the meeting.

There was a report recommending approval of the zoning by-law amendment for the site of the new Township Office.  It was approved.

And there was a public meeting to address the application by the Township to rezone the lands where the current Township Office is located.  The intent is to rezone to permit a variety of commercial uses within a commercial or mixed multi-unit residential and commercial development.  The staff recommendation to continue work on the application and to consider comments from public was approved.  There were two deputations expressing the hope that the ultimate outcome would be a different type of residential choices than we have currently.  I too have this hope; and indeed the proposed changes are consistent with that in terms of making it possible.  Making this zoning change will set the stage to sell the property; as indicated earlier this is a significant source of revenue for the Township in order to fund project MOVE (the new Town Hall).

You can read the report here.  If you wish to make comment please send your comments to the planner Kristen Harrison at [email protected] and/or to me.

 

Feedback for Growth Plan and Conservation Plans Review

We, all of us in King and anyone who is concerned about food security, climate change & water, have until September 30th to provide feedback to Minister Mauro (Minister of Municipal Affairs) about the Province’s proposed amendments to the Growth Plan (Places To Grow) and the 3 Conservation Plans.  Your help is needed to encourage the Province to continue to place priority on better protecting farmland & sensitive natural areas (e.g. at-risk water sources), and pushing municipalities to build transit friendly communities with greater housing choices. The proposals include a number of valuable improvements. but there are some serious gaps which should be addressed.    There are many ways to provide feedback; easiest is to sign this petition.    Its important as you can be sure that those who do not put priority on protecting farmland, water sources, natural heritage features will be encouraging Province to ease up on the proposed restrictions.    (more…)

Nobleton Zoning By-law–final draft

On the July 11 Council agenda there is a report with the final draft of the new Nobleton Zoning By-law (ZBL) with a  recommendation to Council to approve it.  As I have indicated in other posts, the zoning by-laws for the Township are in desperate new of revision; Nobleton is the first and in many respects will be the template for the others.  (e.g. same new/updated definitions will be used.) I am pleased that the community has been very engaged in the process:   as to be expected not every proposal from community members has been accepted but rationale for such is provided and in some instances it is indicated that the correct avenue to pursue making the change (e.g. extending the commercial core)  is the Official Plan process.

For each person there will be points which are of particular interest; here are mine.

  • The incorporation of specific zoning for defined mature neighbourhoods such that character of each is protected
  • permeable surface minimum requirements
  • much clearer identification of regulatory flood plains
  • some improvement in facilitating new businesses/commercial in core

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Planning Project Status & Timeline Review

There are two very important planning projects underway:  Official Plan Review and Zoning By-law Review.  Many members of public have been involved in the process to varying degrees.  On 6/27 Council agenda there is a review of status of these projects and the targeted timings for completion.

Zoning By-law Reviews: King City and Schomberg

Open houses are being conducted for the zoning by-law review in King City and Schomberg.  I have been impatient waiting for this to start as this is the means to protect our mature subdivisions.  Specifically, this is where we have the opportunity to effectively influence the inevitable changes in our established subdivisions.  It is not about stopping change which is neither desirable nor possible; but, we can have a much greater say in what the change looks like than we currently have. The first open house for King City is Tuesday, June 14 6:30-8:30; presentation will be at 7.  You can find further details here.

The review has been done for Nobleton; the plan is to re-apply that template to address the specific characteristics of King City and Schomberg.  The benefit of this is that we should be able to accomplish the work much more quickly.  e.g.  The detail work of definitions has been done; the format of the by-law is developed.  As was done for Nobleton  design work shops for each of King City and Schomberg are scheduled and participants were sollicited earlier.   Even though deadline for the latter has passed, if you are interested please contact Sarah Allin at [email protected]  (or 905 833 4066) as there may be room for you.  The King City work shop is June 29; the one in Schomberg is July 12 6:30-9PM.

I hope that there is good attendance to the open houses (for King City it is on  6/14) as this is an excellent way to understand the opportunity before us by getting this review done well.  As I recall attendees at the Nobleton session were every enthusiastic and excited by what they heard.

Severance Application–Warren Road, King City

On Council 5/30 agenda there is a Staff report on the Warren Road severance application.    The technical assessment made by Planning Staff is thorough.  As I personally wrestle with this application I keep coming back to two philosophical points.  i)  Our villages are comprised of mature neighbourhoods and new subdivisions in locations defined in the community plans.  The “look” of the mature and the new is very different.  The former are not meant to be frozen in time; they will get new housing stock in time.  But, the latter needs to occur in a manner which supports the principles behind the original plans.  ii)  I have concerns with an amendment to an Official Plan providing  improvement/benefit to only the proponent (i.e. the individual property owner) and not the community at large.

To confirm process at Council on Monday:  if you want to make a deputation on this report (i.e. to express your point of view) you need to sign in.  (As you enter the Council Chambers you can sign in on the left.) As the report is first on the agenda it will be considered soon after 6 PM.

Protecting Mature Neighbourhoods: need your help!

Design workshops are being held for King City on June 29 and for Schomberg on July 12 as input into creating new zoning by-laws for each.  Residents & business owners within these communities are needed as participants.  Intent of the new zoning by-laws is to provide effective conservation of the characters of the established subdivisions within the villages.  If you are able to participate please contact Sara Allin ([email protected]).  See here for more information. (Scroll down to mid section of the page.)

At last Council (5/16) meeting the draft new zoning by-law for Nobleton was reviewed.  As the new zoning by-laws for King City and Schomberg are to be built on the Nobleton one I will comment on the latter to illustrate why these design workshops are important.  As is the case in all our villages there is one zone for single detached homes (R1).  The draft new Nobleton zoning by-law includes 5 zones.  Each (more…)

Nobleton Zoning By-law: final draft

At May 16 Council there is a public meeting for the draft Nobleton Zoning By-law. (NZBL) This is significant milestone in our program to have updated zoning by-laws for the 3 villages as King City and Schomberg’s new ones will be based on the Nobleton one.  I am very pleased with a number of the policies.  Inclusion of minimum permeable area on lots.  Policies with “clearer direction for potential dwelling expansion or replacement [houses] that are compatible with neighbourhood character. ”  The core area of Nobleton will have more consistent regulations and all in keeping with the Community Plan.  As reviewed in the Staff report the goal is to present the final by-law to Council in June/July.

As reviewed in the report there is complexity with the initiative in terms of timing as we are concurrently working on the Official Plan update.  The zoning by-law under consideration is based on the current Official Plan/Community Plan; hence changes contemplated in the OP are not taken into account in the zoning by-law review; hence if NZBL is passed before the OP is updated it will be necessary to make amendments to the new NZBL.  One might wonder why we would not wait until the OP is done as (more…)

Nobleton Zoning By-law: public meeting

One of the important policy projects underway is the updating of our zoning by-laws.  As I have reviewed in previous posts, effort is underway to create a Nobleton specific by-law.  (The current one is a Township wide one dating from 1973); once approved the plan is to re-apply it to the other 2 villages i.e. Schomberg and King City with variation as appropriate in response to the specifics of those villages.  May 16 there will be a public meeting for Nobleton zoning by-law. At time of writing this post, the Staff report is not available but the draft by-law is available for review.  Reading a zoning by-law is not exciting; but it is important in terms of how it regulates what is built in your neighbourhood and how it is built.  Staff report will likely be available about May 11.

At a statutory public meeting the Council does not make decisions; rather it directs Staff on how to proceed.  Usually that direction includes the need to address the questions and comments raised by the public at the Public Meeting.  If you are unable to attend or if you simply prefer, letters/emails can be submitted as input.  Send to Sarah Allin at [email protected].

 

 

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…)