Official Plan Update

Staff report on 1/14 Council agenda provides an update on a new Official Plan.  Target is to release a working draft to Public in March.  Open houses will be scheduled for April.  As indicated in the report comments submitted earlier have not been lost!

Bill 66 Section 10: why its bad for communities

Since my first post about Bill 66 which, if passed as currently written, enables municipalities to pass an “open-for-business” by-law, I have been learning more.  I am now even more concerned.  As written this Bill can impact every municipality in Ontario if the local Council so chooses; and those Councils who decide to implement such a by-law can do so without any notice to their citizens.  This by-law enables development in areas currently forbidden because of threat to drinking water and environment; and it allows disregard for  sustainable land use planning criteria.   Many people are already voicing their opposition to current Bill 66 by signing petitions prepared by Ontario Greenbelt Alliance and Ontario Nature.  I encourage you to consider adding your voice. (more…)

2019 Greetings

Happy New Year!  I wish you all good health and joy over 2019.

I will take this opportunity to alert you to some opportunities to connect with other residents in King and to help shape our King community.

  • New Year’s Levee:  the annual Mayor and Council Pancake Breakfast Saturday, January 19th 9-11 at Trisan Centre in Schomberg
  • Meet the Mayor and Councillors for Wards 1 and 5 Tuesday April 16 6-8PM at Town Hall. Date and venue for other wards will be posted on king.ca
  • Participate in 2019 budget consultations.  Times to be announced and will be posted in my blog
  • Utilize SpeaKING, King’s new online engagement site that allows you to contribute your ideas and feedback on Township matters important to you.

 

“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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Water and Wastewater Rates

On Council agenda is a Staff recommendation for water and waste water rates for 2019.  The average  blended bill (i.e. water and waste water) for a household using 250 cubic meters of water /year is $158.56, 11.8% .  It is a big increase; logic for such is as follows.  1.  Consistent with previous 4 years the 9% increase in the whole sale rate from York Region is being passed on.   The increase is a direct result of York Region’s Financial Sustainability Plan which includes a 9%  increase annually through 2020.  The latter responds to Provincial legislation that all municipal water and wastewater systems operate on a full-cost recovery rate structure in order to ensure that there is financial capability to properly maintain and ultimately replace infrastructure. 2.  King has its own need to ensure that user rates support operational requirements and that we don’t have an underfunded water and wastewater system.

As indicated in the report our reserves are in a deficit position and it is  forecasted that the annual increases are going to continue to be in the 11% range until  York Region’s 9%/yr increase Plan ends which is 2020.  But what comes after that?  A positive note on how capital is being spent is incluoded in the report:  the automatic/remote meter reading solution has been implemented which enables real-time review and detection of unusual consumption.  I will be asking status of households being able to access data to better enable conservation.