Sproule St. Development

On Council June 10 agenda there is a report recommending approval for a site plan application. The development application was approved in May 2016 but execution did not proceed; new property owner has now submitted a revised application similar to the original.  The report indicates that there has been attention to landscaping and screening; this is particularly important as there will be some outdoor storage as the application is subject to the previous Schomberg zoning bylaw.  Good to see new business coming to town!

OP Open House and Public Meeting

Important Dates associated with approving new Official Plan.  More information is here.

June 7 revised draft OP available on website along with a tracked version of changes since the March 2019 version.  Go to speaking.king.ca.

June 27 2:30-5:30  Open House at Municipal Centre.  This format allows for question and answers with Planners.

June 27 6pm  Statutory Public meeting at Municipal Centre.  Deputations* to Council can be made without prior registration.

*if there are presentation materials for a deputation they need to be submitted by June 26 noon to enable distribution to Council.

Comments on the draft OP can be provided up until July 31 to [email protected]

Council Motion on Bill 108

On May 27 Council agenda there is a motion I put forward for consideration in response to Bill 108.  This Bill has been drafted for the stated purpose of increasing the supply of homes by modifying many statues and processes (e.g. environmental assessment act, planning act, appeals process, conservation authorities authority) to speed up approvals and construction. In an earlier post I have reviewed my concerns about this Bill.  The resolution to be considered by Council requests that Province delay the process to enable more time for consultation with the municipalities.  (The Bill has already passed second reading.)  Note:  to see the motion follow the links provided above and scroll down.

Street Naming Policy

On 5/27 Council agenda there is a report proposing a new policy for naming new streets.  Its interesting to see how such decisions are made.  Sounds like a good process.

Drawdown: reversing global warming

REVERSING GLOBAL WARMING:
INTRODUCTION TO DRAWDOWN
Weekend 4-session Workshop
Friday, June 14, 7-9:30 PM / Saturday, June 15, 9-11:30 AM
Saturday and Sunday 2-4:30 PM
King Township Municipal Bldg, 2585 King Rd.

During this workshop created by the Pachamama Alliance, we will introduce the Project Drawdown
results, reveal how we ourselves have been thinking about global warming, take a new perspective, and
consider how we want to act. This workshop called “Drawdown Solutions: Getting into Action” is
condensed into one weekend of four sessions. To learn more see this 2 minute video. (more…)

2019 Tax Bills

In April Council approved a tax levy increase of 2.3% for the Township share of property taxes.  In the May 27 Council agenda there is a report presenting the 2019 property taxes for the various assessment classes. Total tax rate is a blend of Township, Regional and Education levies in accordance with ratios set by York Region.  For 2019 the total residential property tax rate in King is reduced 4.87%.  On a property specific basis the change in the property tax bill can be estimated by comparing the change in the assessment value in 2019 vs 2018.  If that change is an increase of 6.38% or more there will be an increase of in the property tax bill; if the change in assessment is less than 6.38% the tax bill be less.  For perspective, 30% of residential properties will see a decrease.