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Keele & Clearview Heights

At May 10 Council there is a report regarding the development proposal at Keele/Clearview Heights.  If anyone wonders why the public is often hostile to development proposals this one illustrates why. From the 1st application which dates back to March 2017  the feedback from community and Staff has generally been that it lacks respect and consideration of the residential neighbourhood abutting it.  Since then there have several amendments and no substantive response to the feedback.  The report provides a very comprehensive technical review of all the problems with this proposal.  As a lay person I simply say: it is far too long along Keele, the total absence of softscaping makes me wonder if the architect thinks the location is in an established very dense urban community; the total absence of visitor parking is unacceptable.  Its evident that the goal is maximum profit and not creating a place which contributes to the character of King City and leverages its unique location of proximity to the GO train station. Unfortunately approval of this is out of our hands as it is at LPAT.  To see the report and all appendices see the agenda and scroll down.  To make deputations, either orally or by email email [email protected] by noon May 10.

Heritage & Cultural Masterplan

At May 10 Council there will be a presentation and report on the Heritage & Cultural Masterplan.  The purpose of this Plan is to guide the Staff in maintaining King’s unique identity, care for its heritage collections and celebrate our cultural assets. As reviewed in the report consultation on the Plan started in November 2019; target is to bring the final draft back to Council in June 2021 incorporating feedback received on this draft.  The Plan is impressive in its scope and also in the detail. It is a 10 year Plan; it lays out what is wanted and defines when the specifics will be done.  It presents a plan for the Heritage & Cultural Centre (HCC) to truly become “a happening place” throughout the year with a goal of being of interest to all demographics and not just to the Township’s residents.  And very importantly the scope of prgramming is not exclusive to the HCC in King City; municipal assets (buildings and open spaces) are to be utilized for programming and exhibitions. If you wish to make a deputation about the report and the Masterplan register with [email protected] by noon May 10; or to same address and same timing send an email.  I also suggest if you have some feedback about Masterplan specific you can send that to [email protected]

Corporate Strategic Plan: Year 2 Progress Report

On May 10 Council agenda there is a comprehensive report on Year 2 of the corporate strategic plan.  As to be expected progress as not been made on a number of indicators due to the COVID-19 disruption.  But the report shows that a lot of work has been accomplished.  To see the report and all the appendices go to meeting agenda and scroll down.

Refreshed Community Improvement Plan

On Council March 29 agenda there is the proposed  refreshed Community Improvement Plan (CIP).  As expressed earlier when the draft was presented to Council in February I believe the CIP is “good” for King and I am very pleased with its evolution in terms of increasing the eligibility for grants.  As indicated in the report the fundamental motivation is to incent property and business owners to make changes to foster growth.  Appropriately the focus has been and continues to be on the village cores; but in the refreshed CIP there is recognition that there is economic activity outside the village cores both in the hamlets and at farms throughout the Township.    Its also recognized that heritage properties within the village cores contribute to the attractiveness of those cores and accordingly grant eligibility should extend to them.  I am impressed with the precinct concept; once a property owner understand which precinct they are it is pretty easy to determine which grants are available and the details. I am also very impressed with the speed with which this has been done as our small business have been so seriously affected by the pandemic; and I note that some portion of the grants is for projects to make improvements to address safe safe social/physical distancing measures.  To access the Staff report and all the appendices click here and scroll down to 7.1. 

As the meeting is being conducted virtually it is necessary to register to make a deputation; alternatively you can send an email.  To register or to email your questions and comments do so at [email protected] by March 29 noon.

Smart Boundary Adjustment on the ORM

On March 29 Council meeting there is a report for allowing implementation of a boundary adjustment.  There was a public planning meeting for this initiative in November 2019; conclusion of that meeting was that more work needed to be done as the proposed solution did not fully respect the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (ORMCP) which requires that no undersized lots are created for the current or intended purposes. As indicated in this report there has been some very creative work to develop a solution respectful of the property owner’s desires and the ORMCP.  And, I believe that the ORM is actually better protected now.  The productive agricultural land has not been fragmented and the key natural heritage feature (woodlot, a 10 meter buffer from its dripline and watercourse) has been put into a Environmental Protection Zone. Satisfying to see changes made which achieve property owners desires and yet do not sacrifice the ORMCP policies.