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What I Heard at AMO

I attended the virtual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference for Aug. 17-20.  As I found these conferences in past years to be worthwhil I looked forward to it and was curious as to how effective it would be as a virtual experience.  Again, there was some good content; and the virtual experience was excellent.  As is the case in any profession, there is value to get out of one’s own “sand box” and hear what others are doing.  And what is really valuable in this conference is hearing experts and people with deep experience on topics of interest. (more…)

Active Transportation Plan: setting priorities

For several months residents have been providing feedback and asking questions about active transportation throughout King Township. On Friday September 10 there will be a virtual public information centre (PIC) at 12 noon.  We can’t do all the projects at once; priorities need to be set.  At this PIC your perspective on priorities is wanted.  If you have not paid attention to this topic yet, and are interested I urge you to go to speaking.king.ca.  For the PIC on September 10 you need to register.  At speaking.king.ca there is a link for registering for the PIC.

September Council Meetings

Monday, September 21 there are Council meetings; specifically at 5 pm there is a Working Committee of the Whole Session at which Staff will be providing Council information about the active transportation strategy and the traffic calming strategy.  Purpose of a Working Session is to provide Council members with more insight into an issue than is provided in a report; public is able to listen but questions and comments are not permitted from public  during the Session.  Decisions are not made at this meeting.  Recommendations from Staff are presented in a later Council meeting.  And at 6 PM there is a Council and Committee of the Whole meeting; agenda for this is posted on the preceeding Thursday.  If you haven’t attended one of the virtual meetings as of yet, see here for information.   Monday September 28 there will be a Council meeting; agenda items are Planning meetings.

COVID Alert App

I posted earlier about the new COVID Alert app.   At AMO the app was frequently identified as an important tool for minimizing wave 2.  Its  available for download on smart phones in Ontario. Click here for full summary of it and how to get & use it.   I have down loaded on my phone.

Zancor Condo at 2075 King Road

At Monday August 10 Council meeting there is a report recommending approval of Official Plan Amendment (OPA) and Zoning Bylaw Amendment (ZBA) to enable the building of a condominium at the site of former Township Office at 2075 King Road. This project is exciting for several reasons. i)  It represents a major change in residential options in King City.  ii) The plans include commitments to green features in the amended zoning bylaw; and there is intent to include more green features as part of the site plan which will be done later.  But, you don’t get such changes without “breaking the mold” of what has been done traditionally: the proposal is 6 stories. The report is comprehensive; the visualizations provided in the schedules are revealing.  Some may not like “the look;”  I believe there is significant improvement versus what we saw orginally. I don’t believe there is a real argument as to the appropriateness of this site for this degree of intensification: proximity to schools, library, major shopping, public transit. And,intensification is not an option if we are to preserve our open natural spaces where we grow our food and enjoy nature.

I have said that “the mold” for development in King City, particularly on King Road is being broken.  I personally have struggled with acceptance of such change because it is so different.  Part of the challenge for this specific project is that there are many properties in the immediate area on King Road which are in flux.  In last year there have been public meetings for much smaller projects of townhouses or condos on north side of King Road within short distance of this project. Each of them has been different than King City’s tradition; and to add to the uncertainty of what King Road is going to look like in 10 years is the fact that neither of these ones have been approved yet and hence may change.   The new King City Library is very different than the former one.

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