Re-opening of King

King is cautiously opening up and we are starting to resume some of our rituals.  I have enjoyed a visit to my stylist.  And I see  terraces opening up for dining etc at tables that are appropriately spaced.  And, more amenities in are our parks are being made available:  splash pads in the 3 villages , shade structure and skate parks are open. Targeting to open soccer fields for organized sports (training only) by 6/29; baseball diamonds for training only are being considered for opening by July 7.   For all these activities we must continue to be cautious:  hence the spaced tables on the terraces, only training on the fields and not fierce competition during which one might forget to stay apart.

But….there are still important constraints.  Township has announced a tough decision:  facilities will remain closed until labour day at least. Here is media release with this information.

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Development Application for Stack Townshomes in KC

On Council agenda for June 29 there is the public meeting for an application for a development on King Road just west of the King City library.  The application is for a development consisting of 20 stacked townhomes; plan is for two blocks, each containing 10 units and measuring 4 stories.  There was a developer hosted open house March 3rd.  This meeting is the statutory public meeting where Staff presents its report, the developer makes a presentation and Council is able to ask questions; no decision is made at this meeting. In addition, very importantly this is when the  public can ask questions and/or make deputations.  This meeting will be a virtual one and it will live streamed. Details how to provide information is outlined in paragraph further below. Given information in the Staff report I have a very positive response to this application.  Being on King Road, in vicinity of 2 public schools and on a existant York Region Transit route I cannot imagine a site being more appropriate for medium density.  The aesthetics of the development are very attractive and fitting for King City.  Given its location I am comfortable with the proposed 4 storeys; per our new Official Plan (One King) which is not yet in force, 4-6 stories are identified as being feasible in the “right” circumstances. This location is “right:  a school behind, an arterial road in front, a library on one side and a comparable new development proposed on the other side.

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Active Transportation

There is new survey on Speaking.king.ca on the subject of active transportation.  One of the actions in the recently completed Transportation Master Plan is to develop and execute a plan for an active transportation network.  King has many trails for getting some good exercise or for appreciating nature but we don’t have a good network of trails or paths or sidewalks to get around our villages, and certainly not for going from one village to another on foot or on a bike.  Interest in such a network is growing as it is seen as a way of reducing amount of vehicles on the road (and hence, reduce greenhouse gases) and it is a way to build in some physical activity into our daily lives.  Please do the survey to provide input to the the many questions before us as to how to build an active transportation network.  Its open until July 22; recommendation to be in Oct. 2020.  (This date means that recommendations can be incorporated into the 2021 budget.)

Community Services Survey

There is some longterm thinking occurring as to what services are to be provided, in the future, to enhance the quality of your living in King:  what kind of recreational programs and for whom, what kind of facilities, what kind of cultural activities should be provided by the municipality.    Parks Recreation & Culture is working on its master plan for Community Services and your input is important and critical.  Master Plans guide decisions on resources (capital spending, programs, people) for the next 5-10 years.  What programs, what services do you want to see in King to enable you & your family to have the quality of life you want. Please take the survey; and provide ideas.  Also, please ask your neighbours & friends to do so. Visit speaking.king.ca to do so.

Amendments to Zoning Bylaw for KC and Schomberg

On Council agenda for June 29 there is the public meeting for a Township initiated amendment to the Schomberg and King City; specifically to amend the provisions for lot coverage and permeable surfaces in identified specific zones.    This meeting is the statutory public meeting where Staff presents its report; no decision is made at this meeting. In addition, very importantly this is when the  public can ask questions and/or make deputations.  This meeting will be a virtual one and it will live streamed. Details how to provide information is outlined in paragraph further below.

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Virtual Council Meeting Reminders

Monday June 22nd there is a Audit Committee Meeting at 5PM.  At 6pm same time there is a Council and Committee of Whole (COW) Meeting.  All of these are live streamed and can be watched at http://meeting.king.ca.   You can submit comments to Council by emailing [email protected] by noon on June 22 so that they can be circulated to Council prior to the meeting.  (I have made posts on several of the agenda items in the COW.  Read on!  There is also a vitual closed COW meeting same day after the first COW; scroll down here to see its agenda.

Monday June 29 there is a Public Planning Meeting at 6 pm.  The meeting will be a virtual one.  It will be live streamed so that public can observe.  (more…)