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ZBA in ORM Countryside

On June 27 Council agenda there is a staff report recommending approval of a zoning bylaw amendment to facilitate a severance of property to create two lots at 3655 and 3653 Lloydtown Aurora Rd.  Realization of the proponents’ desire for the severance has been challenging as the property is on the Oak Ridges Moraine and accordingly is regulated by the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. The latter seeks to restrict the carving up of larger lots and properties into small ones as such can lead to degradation of natural heritage features and reduces the viability of productive agriculture activities. Hence, there has been careful review of the proposal and modifications made since initial consultation in July 2019 and the statutory public meeting in January.   I am very comfortable with the staff recommendation to approve.

Site Plan Approval Delegated to Staff

On the June 27th Council agenda item there is a report recommending a new bylaw to cover the topic of Site Plan Control in King Township. As reviewed in the report creation of this new bylaw is necessitated to  comply with Bill 109 “more homes for everyone.”  There has been much discussion as to whether this Act will indeed lead to homes being built more quickly and whether these homes will be “affordable.” The Bylaw being reviewed on June 27 is related to these objectives as the Province believes that the process for approving development applications will be accelerated by Councils delegating approval authority to their planning staff. As I am personally not in full agreement with the conclusions behind Bill 109 I am pleased to see  the provisions that our staff have proposed to provide transparency and to allow opinions of Council members or public to be heard.  But as clearly stated the decision authority is the Planning Staff. As reviewed in the report (more…)

New Draft of Zoning Bylaw for Countryside

At the June 13 Council meeting there will be a presentation of a new draft of the zoning bylaw for the Countryside.  There will not be deputations from the public; purpose is to introduce it to Council and public.  The new draft will be released digitally June 15 and be posted at speaking page.  If you have not been paying attention to the process now is a great time to get caught up!  A review of first draft and background information is available here.

Parkland Bylaw Administrative Update

The agenda for the May 30 council meeting includes a staff report which presents a Parkland dedication bylaw update. As clearly identified the update of this very important bylaw is largely an administrative type  update as opposed to being one modifying the substance of the bylaw. As reviewed the update is triggered by a legislative need; specifically it needs to be reapproved before September 18 2022 because of Bill 197. Readers may be  interested to read the report as it’s an opportunity to see how Parkland is acquired when there are developments in the Township. Acquiring good quality Parkland as the Township grows with residential development is critical if the Township is going to continue to have desirable, livable communities.

Bill 109: a bad attempt to provide more housing

On April 25 Council agenda there is a report with the Planning response to Bill 109: proposed Planning Act changes –more homes for everyone. The topic is very complex and very unfortunately there has been little time to review the report as it was tabled March 30 with feedback required by April 29. From my read of the report staff has been very professional but very pointed in there criticism of various aspects; and they have been gracious enough to indicate how some very ill advised proposals could be modified so that the negative consequences would be less. Given what is proposed in bill 109 it is evident that the municipalities are being blamed for the “housing crisis.”  The proposed fix is to reduce discretion of municipalities as to where and what should be built and to make decisions more quickly. If decisions are not made more quickly there will be financial penalties. In order to make decisions more quickly public engagement will need to be eliminated. As reviewed in the report there are no incentives nor penalties for developers in response to quality of information provided in submissions or in timeliness in responding to questions.  I urge you to review the report in order to understand how our communities are at great risk. As always you can submit comments or register for making a deputation by contacting [email protected] by noon on Monday April 25.

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