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Green Development Standards

On Oct. 7 Council agenda there is a report presenting a draft proposal for a Sustainable Development Standards Program. As reviewed for several years there has been a “checklist” of features which King wants to be incorporated into new developments but there has been no authority to enforce it and there really was no commitment on our part to confirm whether anything “promised” was actually delivered.  Although the proposed program is still hampered by the reality that there is no legislative authority to enforce there is improvement:  more specificity, plans for confirming execution.  IF either level of government (provincial or federal) were to introduce incentives for renovations for retrofits as a mitigation measure for climate change our new program could “fit” well as I believe we not only need to modify “new builds” but also need to upgrade current building stock.    (Buildings are 2nd highest source of carbon emissions).  I look forward to understanding the program as I do have several questions.

Model Home Application

Oct. 21 at Council meeting there will be a public meeting regarding a zoning bylaw application for a property at southeast corner of Carmichael and Keele.  The intent of the application is to enable a model home to be built there.  Here is formal notice for the meeting.  This is the time for residents to ask questions, express support or opposition; decision is unlikely to be made at the meeting but rather the report will likely be sent back to Staff to review further taking into account what is hear at the public meeting.

King Rd/King Blvd Development Public Meeting

At Council on September 23 there is a public meeting for a development at northeast of King Road/King Blvd intersection.  As is typical at this stage of a development application, the Staff report reviews the essence of the application and identifies issues yet to be answered. This is the opportunity for the public to identify their concerns and to ask questions.  If you can’t attend the meeting send in your comments to the Clerk at [email protected]; if you can attend there is no need to sign in.

This application is  for 12 town houses. As reviewed there are many aspects of this proposal which are very positive:  namely that it is for a different format of housing; and the location is very appropriate for a more dense development given proximity to shopping, schools, public transit.  From reading the report I have the impression that there is “too much” being squeezed into the site:  density is far beyond our current official plan (King City Community Plan); many of the zoning bylaw requirements (e.g. setbacks) are not being met.  I am also concerned about the issues identified about storm water management; I want to understand how the apparent conflicting opinions of consultants will be addressed.  And I will be questioning why the tree compensation plan is less than what we have in the current draft tree bylaw covering private properties in our 3 villages. Finally…I must comment that it is satisfying to read about a development on a site without environmental features to consider!

215 Main Street Schomberg Development

On Council September 23 agenda there is a report for a site plan development application in Schomberg at 215 Main St.  From my reading there are some very positive aspects to this application:  4 purpose built apartments of which 2 are intended to meet the York Region threshold of being affordable; and the report indicates that there will be adequate parking for both the residential and the commercial.  In addition it sounds like this application will set the stage for resolving the ambiguity of the Lions Park boundaries which will then allow for the park to be properly developed.  The proposed architecture indicates that this project will be a valuable addition to the historic Main Street but I do wonder about the height; I think it could be improved if something was done creatively with the glazing e.g.  transom windows to break up the wall of glass at street level.  I will be asking questions about the process that this application has gone through to date; for example I don’t understand how the development has already been granted a couple minor variances.

NE Landowners Draft Plan of Subdivision

At the September 23  Council meeting there is a large report from Staff recommending approval of the draft plans of subdivision be approved subject to identified detailed conditions.  This development in the north east quadrant of King City is complex given its size and the participation of 7 landowners. I have several questions including how to incorporate a higher level of “sensitivity” to our recent recognition of the urgency to respond to carbon induced climate change.

For each of the 7 there is a plan with conditions; and all 7 plans are integrated through the FSDAS (functional servicing/development area study). The FSDAS plan includes 3 parks (2 neighbourhood/1 community), 1 school block, trails, multi-use path and residential units (910 single detached/84 towns/77 lifestyle). Population in this total development is estimated at 1,029.   I have made posts on this development for the past 3 years at various stages. To read the report and to reach all the appendices click here and scroll to 9.2