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19th SDRD Application for exception for acreage minimum on ORM

At February 10th Council there is a staff report about an application for a boundary adjustment between 2 properties on the 19th SDRD.  Like most applications in King it is complex; as reviewed, the policies of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (ORMCP) is the decision maker as  the properties in the application are not within a settlement area.  When I first learned about the application my intuitive response was that it was very reasonable and that there would be no harm to the Moraine.  But once I read our Planner’s report I began to understand how the application, as is, could have unintended consequences, in the long term, to the detriment of the Moraine.   An objective of the ORMCP is to maintain, improve or restore the Moraine; as this application results in creating a lot smaller than minimums prescribed there is concern whether the application is appropriate.  The Staff report is very well written.  Staff have recommended refusing the application.

Mayor’s Gala to support Arts, Culture and Heritage


Volunteer Appreciation

Its time!  Now is the time to nominate a person who has made a difference in your King community; a person you believes special recognition for all the time and energy they put out for their neighbours and their community.  In addition, i) you can also nominate a person who doesn’t live in King but who  provides valuable volunteer hours to the King community; and ii) you can nominate a King resident who volunteers outside the King community.   Nominations must be submitted by March 18. Here are all the details.  

2020 Budget Approved

Township Council approved a net tax levy increase of 2.5% on the Township portion to deliver the operating budget of $44.8 million. Given the average residential assessment of $850,000, the increase on the township portion of the property tax is $158.  As indicated in other posts the capital budget of $34.8 million for 2020 was approved as part of the 4 year capital budget in 2019.  This net levy increase is a little lower than was proposed earlier; the gap of about $150,000 will be covered by funds from the tax stabilization reserve; we did this to provide some relief on the tax burden.  Here is the media release for the budget approval; and more information is available here.

Application for new lot & new permissions in hamlet of Laskay

At January 27 Council there is a public meeting for a zoning bylaw amendment to i) enable the creation of a new residential lot and ii) allow a secondary dwelling in an accessory building on Weston Road in the hamlet of Laskay.    As reviewed in the report there are several issues and outstanding questions for this application.