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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.

Transportation Masterplan Update

There is one more opportunity to attend an information meeting about the King Township Masterplan:  its Oct.8 at Trisan Centre, Schomberg 6-8pm.  For more information see here.

Update to Transportation Plan

As posted earlier….Residents are invited to attend one of the scheduled information sessions on the Transportation Plan to comment on issues experienced when travelling around King and to provide input on how to improve the network.  For full detail on meetings see here:  its Oct. 1 in King City, Oct. 2 in Nobleton and October 8 in Schomberg; all are 6pm-8pm.

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.