Zoning Bylaw for King’s Rural Areas

A Draft Zoning By-law for the Countryside has been prepared and released for the rural areas of King Township i.e. the Countryside, Hamlets as well as the Nobleton Village Reserve Lands. A Zoning By-law regulates the types of land uses and the character, height, location, size and massing of buildings for all lands in the community.   We are at this stage following release of a discussion paper and several virtual public meetings. To learn more about the process to date visit speaking.king.ca. Two virtual 90 minute  meetings are scheduled for purpose of reviewing the bylaw and receiving feedback: July 20th at 6:00 PM and August 11th at 2:00 PM. Presentations will be same at each. I urge you to attend one or both.  You can learn more and register for attendance here.  And here is the formal notification of the upcoming virtual meetings.

How King Will Grow to 2051

At June 28 council meeting there is a very important report presenting the staff recommendation for feedback to the York Region’s draft Forecast and Lands Needs Assessment. The latter is important as it lays out the framework for growth through to 2051. I am pleased that our planning staff is rejecting the York Region proposal that King should meet its population goals bye redesignating 70 of the 80 hectares of whitebelt in our southern area around the 400 for population growth. As reviewed in the report there is no need to meet population target; and to do so is not consistent with our current plans to build complete communities which are sustainable and healthy. Building out on the fringe is not the way to go. I do not support the staff proposal to redesignate 10 hectares of the 80 hectares of white belt for employment. We have not yet built out our current employment lands; it is unnecessary to change the designation now. In the report there is no mention of the current status of the 80 hectares; I believe they are currently agriculture and accordingly there should be serious resistance to developing those lands. The basis for my agreement in the lack of need to develop the white belt is that we will continue to intensify and to focus on building residential units other than single detached.

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Bylaw Enforcement Policy

On Council agenda June 28th there is a report from Bylaw proposing a corporate policy for bylaw enforcement services. To clarify:  it’s not about new bylaws; it’s a policy as to how bylaw officers will respond to complaints and very importantly it identifies the communications which will occur between bylaw investigating the complaint and the persons who made the complaint. From my own observations the two trends identified in the report which has triggered this proposed policy are very true. 1st more complaints are being made. 2nd, those who have made the complaints are wanting more information as to what is being done to both investigate and bring the activity into compliance. The proposed policy identifies how complaints are given a priority and what the service expectations of a complainant should be. In the report there is also a recommendation for staff to investigate implementing an Administrative Monetary Penalty System;  I support that staff should look at the municipalities who have already implemented this with the goal of implementing this in King. I really hope that people will review this policy and provide comments to staff. As always you can present comments at a Council meeting by registering at [email protected] 0r 905 833 4068 by 12 noon on June 28th; or comments can be emailed to [email protected] and they will be circulated to Council. If you are unable to meet these deadlines I urge you to provide comments afterwards as the policy proposal’s intent is to improve service to King residents who see and report violations.

King Rd/King Blvd Amendments

On Council agenda June 28th there is a report recommending approval of  official plan and zoning bylaw amendments to facilitate a development of 12 freehold townhouses at King Rd and King Blvd.  As I expressed in September 2019 at the the time of the statutory public meeting there is much to be satisfied about with this application:  a different format of housing than the single residential units dominating King City, the simple, modern architecture, the location itself on King Rd where there is regional bus transport, proximity to schools, libraries, shopping etc.  I do,however,  question whether there is too much being squeezed in. There is the right number of parking spaces (3) but those three spaces are on the private condominium road which is identified as being more narrow than optimal although acceptable. I believe that there are a few mature trees on the lot so I do want to know about compensation for those trees being removed. Finally am glad to see that there is coordination with the site immediately to its east which is also being developed.  As always you can present comments at a Council meeting by registering at [email protected] 0r 905 833  by 12 noon on June 28th; or comments can be emailed to [email protected] and they will be circulated to Council.

 

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Approval of ZBA at 13121 Keele

On June 28th council agenda there is a report recommending approval of a zoning bylaw amendment to facilitate a daycare at 13121 Keele St.  As reviewed in the report the application is to amend various factors in the zoning bylaw for a commercial enterprise in the King City Mixed Use zone which is where the location of this property will be once our new official plan, Our King, is in force. As reviewed in the report a couple of the issues identified at the time of the public meeting in September 2020 have been resolved: establishment of adequate parking spaces and concern about a parking space being allowed at the front of in the front of the building. I will be asking for more information about planting strips to the north and the south as they are important to respect the adjacent neighbors.  As always you can present comments at a Council meeting by registering at [email protected] or  905 833  by 12 noon on June 28th; or, comments can be emailed to [email protected] and they will be circulated to Council.