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Rural Zoning Bylaw

December 1 (Tuesday),3 (Thursday),9 (Wednesday) 6-8PM are the dates for the first round of public consultation for the rural zoning bylaw.  No need to attend all 3! Pick the one which meets your schedule.  Here are more details about the process.  You must register by 4 pm the day of the session you want to attend; you will be sent link for participating on line or by phone.  Register here.

Our New Hospital: Cortelucci Vaughan Hospital

Early 2021 the new Cortelucci Vaughan Hospital will be opening.  I am looking forward to to a tour in the next couple days.  One of the “facts” which makes me very excited about the quality of care for recovery is that 80% of the acute care beds will be single occupancy.  Here are  more facts about our new hospital.

More Flooding Ahead with powerless Conservation Authorities

There is an adage that you don’t recognize the value of something until it is gone.  We are on the verge of losing something which effectively reduces flood risks and is instrumental in having clean drinking water.  I am speaking of the attack on the Conservation Authorities (CA’s).  Within a bill of budgetary measures in response to COVID-19 there is a schedule 6 which essentially emasculates the CA’s.  If you agree that the CA’s are important you need to make your opposition known quickly as  Bill 229 is being rushed through given the urgency of the budget; further (more…)

Rural Area Zoning Bylaw

On Nov. 16 Council agenda there is a report reviewing the plan to develop a new zoning bylaw for the rural part of the Township.  In last couple years we have developed and approved new zoning bylaws for the 3 villages; this exercise is to deal with the rest of the Township.  Its very important work as today’s development (e.g. building a new barn) is influenced by a zoning bylaw dating back to 1974 and the dozens of amendments which have been made since then.  Its very onerous to anyone who wants to build.  (This is not about if it is allowed to build a house or a barn as that it is permitted or not in the Official Plan.  This is about where specifically it can be built.  And there are more factors addressed in a zoning bylaw of course.  3 virtual public open houses will be held as the beginning of engagement with the public.  Content will be identical; hopefull you can make it to one.  (more…)

Development Charges

On Nov. 16 Council agenda there is a staff report presenting information about the new development charge (DC) bylaw being prepared and reviewing the process leading up to presentation of a new bylaw for approval by Council in January 24, 2021.  DC’s are the costs which anyone pays if there is to be a building permit; clearly the magnitude is different whether it is to build a replacement house or if it is for a house/unit in a new subdivision; but the principles as to how the magnitude is determined are same.  Concept is that DC’s are what funds the infrastructure required to support the development such as roads, water & sewers, transit, libraries, parks etc. etc.  For a layperson the topic is complex; but in addition, there have been significant changes in last two years with the new provincial government.  For the appendices click here to the agenda and scroll down.