2019 Budget

Here is the schedule for developing the 2019 budget. The first public consultation is Feb. 12 at the Municipal Office at 7PM. As reviewed in an earlier post and report the draft budget and business plan will be tabled at the Feb. 11 Council meeting.  This report also reviews that a budget and business plan for the full term of Council will be prepared.  The latter will be valuable in terms of planning.  The schedule for doing the budget is deliberately later than previous year given the new Council.  I am sure that for 2020 and beyond we will return to completing the process by late January at latest as that is worthwhile in terms of getting better prices for capital projects.

New Partner in Nobleton Community Centre

On January 28 Council agenda there is a report about the opportunity to lease a portion of Dr. William Laceby Nobleton Community Centre & Arena for an Ontario Early Years Centre.  There are numerous direct community benefits including the fact that the Centre will allow for coordinated and centrally located family and children programming services that would be accessible to all families with young children in the Township.  It sounds very exciting:  to learn more I encourage you to read the report.

Pop-UP Youth Centre

Schedule 10 is Deleted!

I am thrilled that Schedule 10 is being removed from Bill 66.  It threatened the Greenbelt, the Oak Ridges Moraine, Lake Simcoe and source water protection areas by opening them up to development.  If enacted our farmland would be at risk:  the monetary value of farmland would increase (for the wrong reason) as it would now represent development opportunity as opposed to a place to grow our food. Ontario Federation of Agriculture wrote a very strong letter opposing Schedule 10 for this reason. Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced this January 23; read it here.


Bill 66 Section 10

On Council 1/14 agenda there is a report on Bill 66 which includes the Planning Staff’s recommendations for feedback to the Province by January 20.  In earlier posts I have reviewed why I consider Bill 66 Section to be regressive and bad for communities. My perspective is not changed.   It is said that the Bill is all about giving control to the municipalites so that they can act quickly to attract businesses.   It is really about giving control to a property owner in order to build a factory on lands currently protected.  Per Bill 66 a property owner with such lands asks the municipality to implement an open for business bylaw (OfB); and a willing municipality can choose to comply with no public consultation.  The Bill is very short sighted:  both about the consequences and the benefits. (more…)