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4 Plan Review: Township Feedback

On 9/17 Council agenda there is a Staff report recommending what feedback the Township should give to the Province in response to the amendments proposed for the 3 conservation plans and the growth plan.  You can see here my initial assessment of the Province’s amendments. The subject matter is significant both in breadth and complexity and reading the Township’s comments has triggered me to look at some of the provisions again.  I encourage you to review the Staff report; I am very interested to hear what you think.  At time of writing there are several areas I would like to hi-light for you. (more…)

Open House for Development on Keele north of King Road

There is open house for the public to see the development proposal for 13165 and 13175 Keele St., King City on September 13th 6-8 PM at King City Library.  Here is the notice.

This open house is hosted by the developer.  In contrast to the Public Meetings which are held at Council, this is an informal meeting at which the public can look at drawings, talk to the developers and their agent(s).  The purpose is to hear the community’s response to the proposal.  After this open house there will be a Public Meeting in Council; timing for this meeting is not fixed but is usually relatively soon after the open house unless the developer decides to modify their plan in response to what they have heard at the open house.

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