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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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Laskay Hall Update

There is a report on February 26 Council agenda about Laskay Hall.  For those anxious to see the Hall re-opened for public activities the report includes a review of work yet to be done with a plan for completion in May.  As reviewed it has taken longer than anticipated for reasons identified; and it has cost more than budgeted.  The plan for funding the incremental costs is presented.  Given the unforseen structural challenges due to carpenter ants I am glad that the re-location project came about as the Hall’s collapse, at original site, would have been only a question of “when.”

Amended 2018 Budget

An amended budget and business plan is on the Feb. 5 Council agenda.  As directed by Council in the previous Council meeting (Jan 29) Staff is presenting a budget offering a 0% increase in the Township property tax rate as opposed to an increase of 1.99%. To achieve either level of increase is remarkable given the need to absorb the costs of Bill 148, Fair Workplaces , Better Jobs Act which we estimate to be $300,000 (about 1 property tax point).  In addition both original and amended budget were done on basis of no reduction in service levels.

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