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New Townhouses on Tatton Court

At July 8 Council meeting there is a public meeting for an application to build 25 townhouses on Tatton Court (north of King Ridge shopping complex, west of Dufferin). Here is the report.  To my mind the critical issue here is noise attenuation:  both Alpa Lumber and the Metrolinx rail corridor are to the north of this site.  Its evident from the report that the right experts are involved to assess this issue carefully.  As this is a public meeting this is the opportunity for anyone to express concerns and questions to the Council; it is not necessary to register at the Clerk’s desk.

new No Parking area

On July 8 Council agenda there is a report recommending parking restrictions, specifically “no parking” on 3 street segments 2 of the 3 are in Nobleton; and 1 is the 15th Sideroad west of Keele.  The latter has been triggered by complaints as to parking behavior during the busy soccer season on the Villa Nova fields.  Despite the fact that there is a parking lot off the 15th on the north side drivers park on both sides of the 15th creating a serious risk.

draft OP open house and public meeting

Important Dates associated with approving new Official Plan.  More information is here.

 Thursday, June 27 2:30-5:30  Open House at Municipal Centre.  This format allows for question and answers with Planners.

June 27 6pm  Statutory Public meeting at Municipal Centre.  Deputations* to Council can be made without prior registration.

Comments on the draft OP can be provided up until July 31 to [email protected]

Trail and Park Naming

On Council report for June 24 there is a report recommending the naming of a trail and a park feature.  I am very pleased to see a proposal to name a trail honouring Jane Underhill and the proposal to name the the hardball diamond in Memorial Park for Tom Ellison.  The trail to be named for Jane Underhill is in the subdivision on east side of Keele opposite the GO train station; protection of the natural heritage features is one of Jane’s specific accomplishments.  Both of these individuals have given much of themselves to the community.  For me, Jane is a standard of environmental advocacy; it has been daunting to succeed her as a municipal councillor.  As reviewed in the report her contributions to community include much more than an elected role.  Mr. Ellison has made significant contribution to community with his enthusiasm for the sport of baseball.  Today’s residents of King and those in the future owe gratitude to these two individuals.

The report proposes naming the train Underhill Trail.  I anticipate that there will be an amendment to include her first name also to avoid confusion for future trail users with the successful equestrian in our area.  There will be formal ceremonies in future with the unveiling of commemorative plaques etc.  On June 24th it is simply the report at council.

Employment Area Conversion Requests

On June 24 Council agenda there is a report reviewing 2 requests for conversion of lands designated as employment to residential in King Township:  ~50% the prestige employment lands at south east corner of King Road/Jane (previously owned by Magna) and the Boynton Lands on Hwy 27 south of Nobleton. The framework for the requests is the new policy in the amended Growth Plan approved in 2019 by the Province.  Full process for assessing these requests is summarized in the report. Briefly:  such is considered as part of the municipal comprehensive review (MCR) by York Region and it is YR who is the approving authority.  YR has identified criteria for assessing and King will be making comments.    The requests for conversion are very important as employment lands are critical for long term economic vitality.  As the conversion for such lands is often a temptation by property owners and municipalities because it tends to be easier/faster to build houses rather than secure appropriate (more…)