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Our King, our new OP

At Monday October 7 Council our new Official Plan, Our King, was adopted by Council.  It now goes to York Region, the approving authority. As YR has been very involved with our process we hope that approval will come quickly; until it is approved it is not in force and effect but it is a clear indicator of what our plan is for King.  Here is official notice of that adoption.  Note:  there are still two amendments approved by Council at same meeting which need to be yet incorporated into the document:  one is additional policy for severances in Kingscross and the other is modification to zoning on east side of Keele just north of King Road.

 

 

Draft OP: proposed to be adopted

On 9 /23 Council agenda there is are a report recommending that Council adopt the draft OP (September 2019). (Click on the link and scroll down to 9.1 for the report at all appendices.) This plan has been in process for several years. Overall I am pleased with the end product.  i)  Even though we have discontinued the practice of separate OP’s for the 3 villages and the hamlets etc and now have “One King” I don’t believe we are setting the stage for standardization across King; what is standardized is the process for assessing issues/activities.  And I do believe the complexity for everyone engaged in the development of King will be simplified by having only one plan. ii) The risk of climate change has been understood by many for many years but it is only very recently that King has really acknowledged the necessity of dealing with it by setting very aggressive targets and declaring a climate emergency.  This has been incorporated in this draft OP.  The recommendation from Staff in this report (more…)

Nobleton Zoning Bylaw re: lot coverage

On Council agenda September 23 there is a report which is relatively unusual:  it is a Staff report about intent to have a public meeting in the future re: a zoning bylaw amendment for the Nobleton Urban Area. Purpose of the the 9/23 report is to hear any comments from public.  As explained in the report the focus of the proposed amendments is on defined properties in the Urban Area and the issue to be amended is the amount of pervious surface on the whole lot and on the front yard. The issue is important as too much coverage (by buildings etc.) can create a situation where rainfall is not able to be absorbed quickly enough and hence there could be water damage (i.e. flooding) to the subject property or to neighbours. I have questions for Staff as it is a complex situation; given that Staff is not asking for Council to make a decision immediately I am comfortable that I will have time to understand the issues before making my own decision.

Bill 108: risks as to how we grow

On May 27 agenda there is Staff report reviewing the implications of the Province’s proposed Bill 108 called “More Homes, More Choice Act.” This Bill, if passed as is, has significant impact on how our communities evolve:  what is built, how it is built. More specifically, density, services, amenities and property taxes for both current and future residents.  In addition the enormity of the proposed changes to current legislation the Bill is very concerning as there is such limited time for feedback and there has been such limited consultation. I strongly urge you to at minimum read the Staff report; here is link to the Act.   Its my opinion that
this Act seriously undermines good planning which could deliver strong inclusive communities, a healthy  environment and (more…)

Protecting Farmland

On Wednesday, April 10 7-9 there is a meeting focused on farmland in King Township and Ontario, and the importance of preserving productive farmland into the long term future.  Concerned Citizens of King Township are hosting it with guest speakers from the Ontario Farmland Trust and FarmLINK.  For many years the issue of our farmland, specifically on how it is continues to be paved over, has been an issue of concern.  The proposed Bill 66 escalated concerns in its original form as it clearly threatened the Greenbelt and its farmlands.  Fortunately the outrage was strong enough that Schedule 10 was removed from the Bill but risks continue given the Province’s intent to modify the Growth Plan.  The April 10 meeting will be an excellent way to learn about policies protecting our farmland and to network with others who recognize the importance of this issue.  The meeting is in Schomberg at the Community Hall (325 Main Street.)