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Facilities Masterplan draft

Parks Recreation & Culture is commencing the renewal of its 5 year master; one was done in 2013 which has guided initiatives since then and now its time to look forward 5 years. At July 9 Council a draft of the plan focusing on Facilities was presented. The issues identified in this plan are critical for the 2019 budget and beyond. For example we need to decide whether we fund a thorough “invasive” investigation of the facilities to determine condition or do we add significant contingencies to any building project. More complex will be determining whether we will maintain buildings where usage is low and/or declining. I encourage you to look over this report and provide feedback.

In fall and winter plans will be presented for Parks & Forestry Services and Community Services.

Note: Its not my practice to report on Council decisions after they are made. Due to technical issues I was not able to make a post on this report before the July 9 Council meeting. As it is still possible to provide feedback I am posting now.

King City Library and Seniors Centre is Approved!

Council has approved the construction and the budget for the King City Library and Seniors Centre. This community hub meets the needs of our Seniors and our library users. For the Seniors there is benefit due to a change in programme opportunities and more space. For the library users there is not only more space but a configuration appropriate for contemporary needs and the digital world. Very importantly this facility is being financed in a manner respectful of the tax payor. Total budget is $10.7 million. 50% is funded by development charges. 28% ($3 million) is funded by a 10 year debenture. Staff report provides full review.

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GO Train Whistles: resolution

At  5/28 Council agenda we reviewed a proposed resolution to send to Metrolinx regarding our concerns about train whistles. Councillor Mortelliti and myself asked for an additional statement to be added to specifically ask for whistles to be used in a consistent and sensitive manner when entering and leaving King Township. Council supported the amended resolution.  Here is the staff report including the original resolution.  If anyone being disturbed by the whistles has not yet submitted a complaint to Metrolinx I encourage you to do so. Here is contact information. https://secure.metrolinx.com/secure/en/contactus/

Note:  I had intended to publish this post prior to the Council meeting but was unable due to serious technical problems.

 

 

LPAT: presentation to Council

At May 7th Council there will be a presentation to Council by our legal council about the new Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT) which has replaced the OMB.  Purpose is to inform Council about this new process.  I anticipate it will review what can be appealed, timeline requirements for decisions by LPAT.  Earlier I have reviewed my perspective on the impact of LPAT on citizens in terms of how their engagement in issues is affected by the new protocols and regulations.

NE King City Developments: Public Meeting

At May 7 Council there is the statutory public meeting for the development applications for subdivisions in the north east quadrant of King City  (south of 15th SDRD/west of Dufferin.) This is important project for King as current plans include 1,100 units (124 townhouses, remainder single detached.) As the new LPAT regulations are now in force it is important that anyone with concerns identify them at this public meeting as it is difficult, at best, to introduce new issues later.  You can register your concerns by either making a deputation at the public meeting or emailing your concerns to the Clerk ([email protected])

  • I continue to challenge the low number of townhouses.  We need a greater variety of housing stock in King City. The project does have a variety of size of single lots (12.8-21.3 m  (42-70 ft)frontages) but they are still single family lots.  A welcomed non standard offering is 77 of the 124 townhouses are described as being “lifestyle condominium.”
  • At earlier meetings about this project the rich natural heritage (particularly the wetlands and watercourses) of this site has been talked about. The recent report (March 16,2018) from TRCA (beginning page 40 of 78 in the Staff report) demonstrates that the project is not getting a “rubber stamp of approval” from the conservation authority.  As indicated there are important issues still to be resolved.
  • The Staff report indicates that there are issues still to be addressed re: some of the lot configurations and roads.

As I said earlier, its important to register concerns at this public meeting.  You can do so by either making a deputation at the public meeting or emailing your concerns to the Clerk ([email protected]).

 

Grant for Eversley Church

Staff report on April 23rd Council agenda recommends approval of a heritage permit application for replacement of main door of the Eversley Church on Dufferin.  As reviewed in the report the work is being done such that the outcome is authentic to the period and that the heritage features are respected.  In addition it is recommended that the property owner be awarded a heritage grant of $6,000 to contribute to the project.  As indicated in the report, the project is very much needed as deterioration is visible.  The Heritage Advisory Committee and Council play an important role in protecting worthy heritage properties but we need property owners to pay attention to the conditions of their property and to take appropriate action.  Our heritage grant program is available for owners of designated properties.  I am delighted to see it being used to help with the project.

Hwy 27 to Rebellion Way

On April 23 Council agenda there is a Staff recommendation for contractor to “fix” the 19th SDRD between Hwy 27 and Rebellion Way.  In an earlier post I reviewed alternatives to the initial recommendation to fully reconstruct the road.  At the November 13 meeting there was productive discussion, including deputations, which resulted in Council asking for pulverizing & resurfacing the road and replacing the culverts.  The contract being awarded at the 4/23 meeting is for $865,000 which is not only far less vs the initial proposal ($2.4 million) but importantly delivers a road format which is appropriate as the “country feel” of this stretch of the road including many trees will be retained.

Keele Streetscaping

Keele Street (Station Road to King Road) is getting a face lift this year including new sidewalks on both sides.  The street is not being widened.  (In 2019 there is similar project on King Road (new municipal hall to library.) 

Replacing the OMB with LPAT

There is a dramatic change in land use planning in Ontario; as of April 3rd any new appeals on decisions (or lack of decisions) by Council will be through the Land Use Planning Tribunal (LPAT) as opposed to the OMB. As I consider one of my responsibilities to be informing my constituents of opportunities to be involved in land use planning decisions I want to provide my perspective on the impact of LPAT on citizen engagement.  Its important to clarify that there are several important appeals, in process,  which have been grandfathered to be conducted per the protocols of the OMB.  The key take away for citizens with LPAT is as follows.  i) Diligently assess planning applications early; ii) Ensure that Official Plans will drive the evolution in your community that you want.

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North East King City Development

There is a statutory public meeting February 26 for the development in north east quadrant of King City.  This application which dates back several years is now at the stage of completing the the Functional Servicing/Development Area (FSDAS) study.  This is a critical stage as it includes plans for connectivity (pedestrian and vehicles), quantity and type of residential units to be built, identification of environmental protections lands.  Given the magnitude of the project (239 hectares, ~1000 residential units) this development is particularly important.  Members of public have opportunity to voice support or opposition and to ask questions.  Here is the report.

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