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GTA West Corridor

At November 4 Council meeting there will be a deputation by Ministry of Transport re:  the GTA West  Corridor,specifically the planning and environmental assessment study, stage 2.  I have made several posts on this issues reviewing my opposition; accordingly I was very disappointed when the new provincial government revived the EA which had been stopped.  I must admit that I have not paid attention to the matter since its revival so I do welcome hearing an update.  But, even though I am well aware that congestion on our regional and provincial roads is very bad I don’t believe additional roads for automobiles is a long term, sustainable solution; given the environmental costs of creating  this corridor alternate solutions needs to be expedited. Finally, spending scarce money on new roads seems really bizarre  given the climate crisis which many people and jurisdictions, King Township, acknowledge.

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…)