Nobleton Zoning Bylaw re: lot coverage

On Council agenda September 23 there is a report which is relatively unusual:  it is a Staff report about intent to have a public meeting in the future re: a zoning bylaw amendment for the Nobleton Urban Area. Purpose of the the 9/23 report is to hear any comments from public.  As explained in the report the focus of the proposed amendments is on defined properties in the Urban Area and the issue to be amended is the amount of pervious surface on the whole lot and on the front yard. The issue is important as too much coverage (by buildings etc.) can create a situation where rainfall is not able to be absorbed quickly enough and hence there could be water damage (i.e. flooding) to the subject property or to neighbours. I have questions for Staff as it is a complex situation; given that Staff is not asking for Council to make a decision immediately I am comfortable that I will have time to understand the issues before making my own decision.

215 Main Street Schomberg Development

On Council September 23 agenda there is a report for a site plan development application in Schomberg at 215 Main St.  From my reading there are some very positive aspects to this application:  4 purpose built apartments of which 2 are intended to meet the York Region threshold of being affordable; and the report indicates that there will be adequate parking for both the residential and the commercial.  In addition it sounds like this application will set the stage for resolving the ambiguity of the Lions Park boundaries which will then allow for the park to be properly developed.  The proposed architecture indicates that this project will be a valuable addition to the historic Main Street but I do wonder about the height; I think it could be improved if something was done creatively with the glazing e.g.  transom windows to break up the wall of glass at street level.  I will be asking questions about the process that this application has gone through to date; for example I don’t understand how the development has already been granted a couple minor variances.

NE Landowners Draft Plan of Subdivision

At the September 23  Council meeting there is a large report from Staff recommending approval of the draft plans of subdivision be approved subject to identified detailed conditions.  This development in the north east quadrant of King City is complex given its size and the participation of 7 landowners. I have several questions including how to incorporate a higher level of “sensitivity” to our recent recognition of the urgency to respond to carbon induced climate change.

For each of the 7 there is a plan with conditions; and all 7 plans are integrated through the FSDAS (functional servicing/development area study). The FSDAS plan includes 3 parks (2 neighbourhood/1 community), 1 school block, trails, multi-use path and residential units (910 single detached/84 towns/77 lifestyle). Population in this total development is estimated at 1,029.   I have made posts on this development for the past 3 years at various stages. To read the report and to reach all the appendices click here and scroll to 9.2 

Climate Strike In King

Climate Strikes are taking place from September 20-27  all over the world, demanding an end to the age of fossil fuels. The Climate Crisis won’t wait, so neither will we!  Join me and hundreds of others at northwest corner of Keele and King Road on Friday, September 20 12-1.  There is an emergency.  That’s why King Township Council approved very aggressive targets (45% reduction in corporate energy emissions and 35% energy reduction by 2030); and after completing the detailed planning to achieve the latter to develop a plan for the community at large.

Updating Transportation Master Plan

Its time to update the Transportation Master Plan (TMP); the vision is to improved different modes of travely including walking, cycling, transit and car.  Residents are invited to attend one of the scheduled information sessions to comment on issues experienced when travelling around King and to provide input on how to improve the network.  For full detail on meetings see here:  its Oct. 1 in King City, Oct. 2 in Nobleton and October 8 in Schomberg; all are 6pm-8pm.