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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…)