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“Open For Business”: putting our community at risk

I am extremely concerned about Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act which has recently been introduced by the Province.  I believe it puts our community at risk, as it allows municipalities to bypass planning policies and clean water regulations in our communities, including by-laws that override Greenbelt Act prohibitions. (Schedule 10 of Bill 66 is particularly concerning.)

If municipalities adopt the “Open For Business”zoning by-law as proposed in Section 10 developers will be exempt from:

  • Giving public notice about their development;
  • Consulting with the public or local Councillors about their developments;
  • Appeals to the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT) about their developments; and,
  • Greenbelt, Clean Water Act, Growth Plan or Great Lakes Protection Act Regulations.

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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.