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How King Will Grow to 2051

At June 28 council meeting there is a very important report presenting the staff recommendation for feedback to the York Region’s draft Forecast and Lands Needs Assessment. The latter is important as it lays out the framework for growth through to 2051. I am pleased that our planning staff is rejecting the York Region proposal that King should meet its population goals bye redesignating 70 of the 80 hectares of whitebelt in our southern area around the 400 for population growth. As reviewed in the report there is no need to meet population target; and to do so is not consistent with our current plans to build complete communities which are sustainable and healthy. Building out on the fringe is not the way to go. I do not support the staff proposal to redesignate 10 hectares of the 80 hectares of white belt for employment. We have not yet built out our current employment lands; it is unnecessary to change the designation now. In the report there is no mention of the current status of the 80 hectares; I believe they are currently agriculture and accordingly there should be serious resistance to developing those lands. The basis for my agreement in the lack of need to develop the white belt is that we will continue to intensify and to focus on building residential units other than single detached.


King Rd/King Blvd Amendments

On Council agenda June 28th there is a report recommending approval of  official plan and zoning bylaw amendments to facilitate a development of 12 freehold townhouses at King Rd and King Blvd.  As I expressed in September 2019 at the the time of the statutory public meeting there is much to be satisfied about with this application:  a different format of housing than the single residential units dominating King City, the simple, modern architecture, the location itself on King Rd where there is regional bus transport, proximity to schools, libraries, shopping etc.  I do,however,  question whether there is too much being squeezed in. There is the right number of parking spaces (3) but those three spaces are on the private condominium road which is identified as being more narrow than optimal although acceptable. I believe that there are a few mature trees on the lot so I do want to know about compensation for those trees being removed. Finally am glad to see that there is coordination with the site immediately to its east which is also being developed.  As always you can present comments at a Council meeting by registering at [email protected] 0r 905 833  by 12 noon on June 28th; or comments can be emailed to [email protected] and they will be circulated to Council.



Approval of ZBA at 13121 Keele

On June 28th council agenda there is a report recommending approval of a zoning bylaw amendment to facilitate a daycare at 13121 Keele St.  As reviewed in the report the application is to amend various factors in the zoning bylaw for a commercial enterprise in the King City Mixed Use zone which is where the location of this property will be once our new official plan, Our King, is in force. As reviewed in the report a couple of the issues identified at the time of the public meeting in September 2020 have been resolved: establishment of adequate parking spaces and concern about a parking space being allowed at the front of in the front of the building. I will be asking for more information about planting strips to the north and the south as they are important to respect the adjacent neighbors.  As always you can present comments at a Council meeting by registering at [email protected] or  905 833  by 12 noon on June 28th; or, comments can be emailed to [email protected] and they will be circulated to Council.

Re-zoning For What We Want in the Expanded KC Core

On June 14th Council agenda there is a staff report recommending approval of an application to rezone 13054 Keele St to permit a retail store and an office in the current building.  The latter is a red brick house which has been residential to date. As reviewed in the report the plans are consistent with the King City and Schomberg Bylaw and it conforms to our new approved, but not  in force, official plan, Our King. As noted in the report, as Our King is not yet in force, it is not possible to enact the zoning bylaw. As the proposed business, Molly’s Market, is very consistent with what we want to see in the King City core I really hope that the hurdle to doing the bylaw is resolved soon.

Apartments on Dufferin

On Monday June 7th council meeting there is a public meeting for an application for a residential development on west side of Dufferin just north of the rail corridor. It’s an interesting application as it includes a 5-storey building for 72 apartment units and a block of three townhouses; this proposed mix of housing is very much needed in King City. If the architectural renderings that I have seen in the proponent’s planning justification reports are carried forward I can say that the aesthetics are very appealing and appropriate for the location on Dufferin St.; I assume that visuals will be presented in the Monday council meeting. As indicated in the report there are two buildings on the property one of which will be repurposed and included in the townhouse block; the other will be demolished. The latter is listed on the municipal heritage registry.  Basis for listing it included that the house was built for James Pearson Wells, a prominent person in King serving as a Reeve and later as an MP for York 1863- 1872; clearly more information about this heritage asset will be made available by the required heritage impact assessment. As reviewed in the planning report there are important natural heritage features on the property; the impact of the development needs to be assessed.  Public can register with [email protected] to make a deputation and/or they can send their questions and comments in via email. Requests for deputations and emails for council review should be sent in by Monday noon hour.