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Its Public Library Week

Programs for butterfly enthusiasts, writers and readers.  See below.  You need to register at the King Library Online Calendar. The programs feature published authors, experts in their respective fields and King’s local artist Grazna Tonkiel who is also a keen dedicated butterfly conservationist.

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Possible amendments to One King (our new official plan)

On Council Oct. 19 agenda there is a report recommending the criteria for accepting (not approving) applications for amendments to our recently approved official plan, One King.  As indicated in the report the Planning Act does provide a 2 year moratorium on official plans (i.e. amendments are not allowed); but it also allows a municipality to define any exceptions to the moratorium.  I can see the wisdom of allowing exceptions; but clearly such need to be very limted, well defined or the benefit of the moratorium is lost.  I generally agree with the exception criteria recommended but do have some questions, particularly re: # 6 which is related to the Municipal Comprehensive Review.  I wonder if there should be an additional criteria that an application which would substantially advance our climate action plan should be considered. As indicated in the report accepting an application is NOT indication of either Staff support or Council approval; it is only agreement to start the review process.

Climate Change Action Plan in King

The second webinar about the King Climate Change Action Plan is Thursday, Oct. 22 at 6 pm.  You can register just before joining in but if you register now you will get a gentle reminder in your email closer to the date.  The first one was on 1o/19 and was taped; it is to be made available for viewing but at time of writing this post it has not been done so.  You will find it and more background here.

  • Information covered includes data on where emissions in King are coming from; #1 source is transportation at 44% and #2 is residential dwelligs at 27%
  • Perspective offered includes implications of the longer growing season and the few frost days
  • Possible actions citizens can take to make a difference

There is a role for each of us in responding to the impacts of climate change.  Hope you can join the webinar.  Format of the 1st one included opportunity for listeners & viewers to ask questions, make comments.

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Traffic Calming

Prior to the October 19th council meeting which begins at 6pm there is a Committe of the Whole Working Session beginning at 5pm.  Members of the public may attend this virtual meeting at which the consultants who have been working on the Traffic Calming Strategy will present their draft Plan and will take questions from Council.  I anticipate that in the near future at another Council meeting a recommendation for traffic calming will be presented.

Responding to Climate Change in King

Want to hear about plans to respond to climate change impacts in King? Want to get engaged. Join the webinars on Oct. 15 and 22 at 6 pm.  Links for the webinars are below.  For more information as to the topics presented at each see here.