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Transportation Master Plan

The Transportation Master Plan will be on the Council agenda on May 25.  As I have attend the various meetings for our Official Plan review and the Nobleton Zoning By-law there has always been at least one person asking when the transportation master plan would be presented.  It is finally here.  I cannot comment on it as I have not reviewed it yet.  Click here to see the lengthy report without all the background and appendices.  To see everything click here and you can pick out which background point etc. you want.

Here is notice of the report being on Council agenda.

Collard, Winter, Scott Reconstruction

Reconstruction of Collard, Winter and Scott will be begin now that the contract has been awarded.  As reviewed in the staff report, project has a hefty price tag of ~$960,000 but clearly current conditions warrant it.  I have asked Staff to be very proactive in their communications with the residents with project status throughout the construction process.

York Region Transit Service Review: current and future

I heard some positive news at the VIVA/YRT public information meeting held in King on Monday.  The 5 year plan includes developing a strategy for delivering a rural transit strategy.  I consider this as positive as up until now there has been no consideration for providing transit to those who live rural; but, the consistent message from Mayor Pellegrini, myself and others have been heard.  I believe the experience with our local 61 (the bus which meets 2 of the GO trains with rural passengers) has also caused transit leadership to think more creatively about the need.   What a strategy for rural transit will be is far from clear; but as it needs to be sustainable for York Region to fund it, it will be a creative one with likely many types of transit.  For example, it might include some sort of “dial-a-ride.” I also learned that the strategy for local 61 is being reviewed; the funding to continue it is there but there is a desire to make it more effective and efficient.

I also learned that VIVA/YRT is making some good interventions to improve accessibility.  I was impressed to hear that when a customer makes arrangements with MobilityPlus that include an interface with TTC (Wheel-Trans), Mobility Plus (i.e. the YR service) makes the arrangement with the TTC whereas before the customer had to do so.

Here is the link to read information presented at the meeting.  And you will see there contact information for providing any feedback.

Snow Clearance Standards

There is a very timely report at February 23 Council:  winter maintenance standards for sidewalks and municipal parking areas.  The standards identifies how resources (personnel and equipment) are to be deployed in order to deliver the service of timely clearance of snow from sidewalks and municipal parking lots.  The guidelines include priorities and timelines; by clicking here you can see the maps which accompany the report.

The guidelines demonstrate that priorities are set with very thoughtful consideration; and that the resources are being deployed very judiciously.

Kingscross Traffic Calming: change in process

Impact of traffic speed on pedestrian safety is a hot topic in Kingscross Estates. Staff is on track to present a recommendation to Council in late winter (i.e. April 2015) on traffic calming.  There is however, a change in steps leading up to that recommendation; there will not be a confidential survey conducted by Staff to get a reading on the community’s level of support or lack thereof for speed humps.  The survey step has been abandoned as it would not contribute to the decision making; as the last round of data collection (volume of traffic and speed) showed that the warrants for speed humps were not met, a confidential survey was not going to drive a decision about speed humps.  The forthcoming report will include results of traffic monitoring conducted since the last report.

As I know that people have very strong feelings on both sides of the issue I feel particularly bad about having to indicate that there is a change in the process.  But, when I was reviewing with Staff the plan and realized that the survey was not going to be productive I agreed that we needed to drop it.


Hwy 400 Widening–Design & Construction Report

The Provincial project to widen highway 400 from 19th Sideroad to .9 KM north of South Canal Road continues.  A Design and Construction Report is available for public review at several locations including the King City Library and Township Office (Clerk’s Department) up until January 24, 2015.   Public can make comments.  Here is notice of the report; it reviews purpose and contact co-ordinates for futher information.

2015 Budget & Business Plan–draft

Process for 2015 Budget & Business Plan is beginning with a target date of approval on January 26th.  At Council on December 15 the draft Township budget & business plan will be discussed.  Frankly, the draft property tax increase of 5% is  higher than I anticipated but having read the report I can understand why it is proposed.  How this would translate to the tax rate which residents  receive is unknown at this stage as the latter is influenced by Region and education rates and they are still unknown.  The township rate is about 40% of the final tax levy. If this budget were approved, as is, it would represent a $99 increase on a home assessed at $614,000.  I cannot encourage you enough to get familiarize yourself with the plans for how your tax dollars are spent; now is the time.

The draft business plan proposes new initiatives (activities, projects, headcount). Here are some of them with my (more…)