King Bulletin

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Rural Zoning Bylaw Discussion Paper

On Monday council agenda there is a report presenting a draft discussion paper for the rural zoning bylaw. As reviewed in the report the process to update it started in 2020 and we are now at the point that a draft bylaw will be soon presented at council. It’s impressive to read in the report how much public engagement there has been in this exercise despite the fact that throughout most of the period there have been lockdowns etc; clearly the use of the digital technology has been affectively leveraged. There will be a presentation at Council on Monday about the discussion paper; I strongly encourage those who are interested in this topic to tune in to the live stream to hear it as it will likely be an effective way to appreciate the issues and more importantly the proposed options for dealing with them in the new zoning bylaw.  I am interested to hear your thoughts about the rural zoning bylaw. If you are interested to communicate to Council you can submit your opinions on an email and send it to [email protected] by noon on Monday; and if you wish to make a verbal deputation register with [email protected] by noon on Monday. For the report and discussion paper see Council agenda and scroll down.

Our new OP, Our King, is not in force due to appeals; but it is the OP against which this new zoning bylaw is being developed. The OP identifies how the land can be used (e.g. is it for farming or is it for residential) The zoning is the way that we regulate how (more…)

Stormwater Masterplan

At 5:00 PM on Monday May 31st there is a working session for Council; topic is a presentation by the Public Works department of the masterplan for the Township’s comprehensive stormwater management plan. As this is a working session the public is not able to participate with either written emailed comments or a verbal deputation; the purpose of the session is to inform Council and for Council to ask questions. Having said that, it is an excellent way for the public to learn about the master plan. Staff have been working on this plan and have consulted with the community a couple times; if you are interested you can learn about those consultations as information is available on the speaking website. I anticipate that in the near future staff will be bringing to council the final recommendation of the master plan for approval.

Affordable Housing in King?

On May 31st council agenda there is a report on the subject of affordable housing in York Region; the report includes the request from the Region to King Township to support affordable housing over the next five years. As reviewed in the report there are a couple options as to how King could do this: provide 2 acres of land for Housing York Inc or not for profit or profit site dedicated to affordable housing; amend the Parkland dedication by law to exempt housing York from being required to pay Parkland fees. I agree with the comment in the report that a two acre allocation by King, which is the same request made to the larger urban lower tier municipalities of Vaughan or Markham is not appropriate; but I do believe that that King should participate in the effort to increase the availability of affordable housing in York Region. It seems to me a partnership of sorts with a for profit development could be very effective; specifically, a portion of the units to be sold at market price and a portion to be sold at the affordable housing price level. I know that this model has been executed successfully in Toronto.  It will be interesting to hear the discussion at council.

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COVID-19 Tax Deferral

On Monday council agenda there is a report recommending a COVID-19 tax deferral program effective for 2021. As reviewed in the report the concept is that those property owners who have suffered financial hardship due to COVID-19 can apply for relief in terms of property tax payments; specifically, assuming application for such and that it is approved the property owner can defer payment of taxes till December 31, 2021 and not incur the standard 1.25% interest rate. I think this proposal is entirely appropriate and I am glad that we have managed our finances such that we do have reserves to cover impact on our budget. My only question is about the criteria for approval; Iwould like to understand how assessment of the need is determined i.e. that there is financial hardship due to COVID-19.  To see this report and its appendix see the meeting agenda and scroll down.

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$$ for the New Recreation Centre

Friday May 21st is a historic day in the history of King Township. Funding was announced to build the long awaited new recreation centre at the 15th Sideroad and Dufferin St. The magnitude of the grants from both the federal and provincial governments is remarkable: from the federal government $21.1 million and from the provincial government $17.6 million. In addition King Township is providing$14.1 million which is funds collected from developers.  Here are more details including schematics of the new recreation centre.  As was referenced by all the speakers at the announcement today this wonderful funding announcement is a result of collaboration amongst the three levels of government and Seneca college. Shovels will be in the ground this year with a target completion date of fall 2023.  The project will also explore a number of energy efficient measures for the facility such as natural ventilation, reclaiming waste heat from the refrigeration system, and an open loop geothermal heat exchange; I look forward to turning the targets that we have for energy efficiency and conservation in this new facility.