Tell YRT What You Want

Wednesday, April 17 York Region Transit Services will be at the Municipal Centre (2585 King Road)  from 4Pm to 8pm to  tell you about changes in service over the next year and ii) to hear from residents as to what they would like to see. This is an excellent opportunity to provide face to face feedback to YRT.

King Road “Re-make”

In 2019 and 2020 there will be significant road work on King Road in King City: Dufferin to new Municipal Centre.  Monday, April 8 at 6 PM at Municipal Centre there is an information meeting. Starts at 6PM with powerpoint presentation; in addition there will be display boards and opportunity for questions.  Its a pretty exciting project:  turn lanes into Municipal Centre, tree planting, bicycle lane, new sidewalks, decorative elements.  This is a joint project between Region and Township.

Protecting Farmland

On Wednesday, April 10 7-9 there is a meeting focused on farmland in King Township and Ontario, and the importance of preserving productive farmland into the long term future.  Concerned Citizens of King Township are hosting it with guest speakers from the Ontario Farmland Trust and FarmLINK.  For many years the issue of our farmland, specifically on how it is continues to be paved over, has been an issue of concern.  The proposed Bill 66 escalated concerns in its original form as it clearly threatened the Greenbelt and its farmlands.  Fortunately the outrage was strong enough that Schedule 10 was removed from the Bill but risks continue given the Province’s intent to modify the Growth Plan.  The April 10 meeting will be an excellent way to learn about policies protecting our farmland and to network with others who recognize the importance of this issue.  The meeting is in Schomberg at the Community Hall (325 Main Street.)

Volunteer Appreciation Night

Volunteers have been nominated and selected for acknowledgment at the 2019 Volunteer Appreciation Night.  You are invited to join the celebration of these volunteers who have made a difference in the quality of our life in King.  The big night is Thursday, April 25; ceremony begins at 7 PM.  Given attendance other years we expect a crowd; shuttles have been arranged to facilitate parking off site.  (These logistics for the inauguration in December worked well.)  Details for the shuttle are below.

Official Plan Public Open House

As I have posted earlier the new draft Official Plan (OP) is now on speaking.king.ca. This is where you can read it and provide comments.  And this is where dates for public meetings are announced.  The latter has just been published.  I encourage you to attend any one of the meetings in the 3 villages:  content and presentation will be same; the difference will be the attendees and their questions, comments. Meetings are May 1,2,and 8 in King City, Nobleton and Schomberg respectively at 7-9PM.  If you have not done so already please register at speaking.king.ca.  Registration is easy; if you have difficulties let me know.  Speaking.king.ca is the new tool we are using to provide information about projects and importantly for you to tell us your perspective, to hear your questions.  You can register for updates.

Starbucks in King City

On Council agenda for April 1 there is Staff report recommending approval of application to build a coffee shop (Starbucks) with drive-through at southwest corner of intersection at Springhill and King Road.  As reported a number of issues/concerns raised at the May 2018 public meeting have been addressed.  After much reflection I am not comfortable with the proposal:  to me the.proposal is a creative way to use a piece of land but that does not make it right.

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