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Council Votes: 5.66% tax increase on King portion

At 3/28 special King Council, Council voted 4/2 for a 5.66% increase on King portion of property tax.  2011 blended rate will be 2.62%; on residents with $514,000 assessment, increase is $139.90/year. (more…)

Development on Kettleby Road

At April 4th Council meeting Staff will be presenting a zoning bylaw and development agreement in response to an application for 6 residential lots on the Kettleby Road.   In addition a site plan control bylaw is being prepared that would apply to the subject lands and required future dwellings to obtain additional approvals from the Director of Planning prior to the issuance of a Building Permit.

If you have questions or comments you can contact Paul Kulyk at 905 833 5321 x 4063.

Safety Buffers For Gas-fired Generators!

A letter  initiated by Oakville citizens and signed by residents from several other municipalities, including me, has been sent to the leadership of all the provincial parties, asking for appropriate and reasonable buffer zones between generators and residences and institutions such as schools and health care facilities.

The concept of establishing “safe” buffer zones was first proposed by Liberal MPP Kevin Flynn in a Private Member’s Bill early in 2010.  He initiated it as part of his effort to stop the Transcanada generator being proposed in Oakville.  As we all know the latter was cancelled in October 2010.  At that point Bill 8 had passed second reading.  Even though their immediate threat has been defeated, the Oakville citizens are continuing their effort to improve the decision process for locating gas-fired generators. (more…)

Heritage in trees and buildings

Thanks  to two excellent presentations during the past two weeks I have had my eyes & ears opened to some new concepts & issues about heritage—the valuing of it, the respecting of it, the learning from it.

On 3/20 the Historical Society hosted a presentation about Heritage Trees.  Yes trees.

What is a heritage tree?  Factors are numerous including its physical characteristics:  age, health, type/specimen; and its role in the cultural story of its location, its history.  Imagine a tree that is not only on the Carrying Place Trail but was a marker for the traders and missionaries and others using the trail!

At our recent 3/21 Council meeting there was an excellent informative presentation by the Heritage Committee.  A couple insights. (more…)

No Change to Gas Pipeline Route

March 21 Ontario Energy Board rendered its decision to not re-open a review of the gas pipeline to supply the York Energy Centre.  From my reading of their decision their critical decision factor is that King Township had not registered as an intervener in the original proceedings; and then waited nearly 8 months after the decision in April 2010 to ask for a review.  (Recall:  I tabled the motion December 20, 2011 to ask for this review.)

You can read the OEB decision here. Legal Counsel for the current Council made a good effort to explain why the Township had acted or not acted as it did; but, the OEB did not buy it.

Enbridge previously indicated willingness to meet with public to review the project once OEB decision rendered; I anticipate that a meeting will be announced soon and will keep you posted.