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Active Transportation

There is new survey on Speaking.king.ca on the subject of active transportation.  One of the actions in the recently completed Transportation Master Plan is to develop and execute a plan for an active transportation network.  King has many trails for getting some good exercise or for appreciating nature but we don’t have a good network of trails or paths or sidewalks to get around our villages, and certainly not for going from one village to another on foot or on a bike.  Interest in such a network is growing as it is seen as a way of reducing amount of vehicles on the road (and hence, reduce greenhouse gases) and it is a way to build in some physical activity into our daily lives.  Please do the survey to provide input to the the many questions before us as to how to build an active transportation network.  Its open until July 22; recommendation to be in Oct. 2020.  (This date means that recommendations can be incorporated into the 2021 budget.)

Community Services Survey

There is some longterm thinking occurring as to what services are to be provided, in the future, to enhance the quality of your living in King:  what kind of recreational programs and for whom, what kind of facilities, what kind of cultural activities should be provided by the municipality.    Parks Recreation & Culture is working on its master plan for Community Services and your input is important and critical.  Master Plans guide decisions on resources (capital spending, programs, people) for the next 5-10 years.  What programs, what services do you want to see in King to enable you & your family to have the quality of life you want. Please take the survey; and provide ideas.  Also, please ask your neighbours & friends to do so. Visit speaking.king.ca to do so.

Amendments to Zoning Bylaw for KC and Schomberg

On Council agenda for June 29 there is the public meeting for a Township initiated amendment to the Schomberg and King City; specifically to amend the provisions for lot coverage and permeable surfaces in identified specific zones.    This meeting is the statutory public meeting where Staff presents its report; no decision is made at this meeting. In addition, very importantly this is when the  public can ask questions and/or make deputations.  This meeting will be a virtual one and it will live streamed. Details how to provide information is outlined in paragraph further below.

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Virtual Council Meeting Reminders

Monday June 22nd there is a Audit Committee Meeting at 5PM.  At 6pm same time there is a Council and Committee of Whole (COW) Meeting.  All of these are live streamed and can be watched at http://meeting.king.ca.   You can submit comments to Council by emailing [email protected] by noon on June 22 so that they can be circulated to Council prior to the meeting.  (I have made posts on several of the agenda items in the COW.  Read on!  There is also a vitual closed COW meeting same day after the first COW; scroll down here to see its agenda.

Monday June 29 there is a Public Planning Meeting at 6 pm.  The meeting will be a virtual one.  It will be live streamed so that public can observe.  (more…)

Budget 2021: Recover and Be More Resilient

June 22nd Council agenda includes a report about process for creating the 2021 budget and provides perspective on the pressures ahead in terms of managing the finances of the Township.  Appropriately the report indicates that we may need to re-consider plans given the economic impact of COVID-19.  But I am somewhat shocked and am dismayed that one specific budget item should be singled as possibly needing to be re-evaluated:  climate change initiatives. I know that our world, our local economy, our personal “wealth” positions are very different today versus 2019; but one thing has not changed:  the climate emergency. Yes, for the moment greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are down but it is only for the moment.  The “tools” to make it sustainable are no more in place than they were when we declared the emergency with a majority vote. (See here, page 5 of 7 for minutes of July 8,2019 Council meeting)  We need to have as our goal to build a more resilient post COVID-19 King Township.  It is folly to think that we can first “recover from the virus” and then have time to do climate change.