Collingwood Council Highlights – April 11, 2016

 

The Rogers TV broadcast of this meeting is now available online at rogerstv.com.

 

DEPUTATIONS

 

WEST COLLINGWOOD PHRAGMITES COMMUNITY ACTION PLAN

Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) / Georgian Bay Forever

Brittany Hope (NVCA) and David Sweetman (Georgian Bay Forever) provided an update on the progress and upcoming activities related to the efforts to control the phragmites in west Collingwood.

Georgian Bay Forever will be holding a workshop in Collingwood on April 21, to discuss the removal and management of invasive phragmites. The group is also holding another “Fight the Phrag” event on August 6.

More information is available on their website at: http://georgianbayforever.org/.

 

PUBLIC MEETING

 

PROPOSED ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT (HARHAY)

 

Town of Collingwood Planner Mark Bryan presented an overview of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment at the second public meeting for 11476 Hwy 26 West, formerly known as the Beaconglow property. Mr. Bryan and the proponent’s representative reviewed the revised changes that have been made in response to the first public meeting held in February 2015.

The proposal would see a reduced residential development of 154 units, with a decreased commercial component, and increased landscaped open space including additional buffering to 47% of the lot coverage compared to the required 40%.

A number of individuals spoke, including representatives on behalf of the Lighthouse Point Shared facilities committee and property management. Concerns raised included high density residential development, drainage, traffic and safety, noise, security, light pollution, parking, compatibility, commercial component and adjacent school use as well as environmental impacts.

 

CONSENT AGENDA (CORRESPONDENCE)

 

Items A1 through A7 were received for information. The following items were pulled for further discussion.

 

A.2 R. Brantz, Mayor, Boone North Carolina re: Seeking interest in renewing Sister City connection

 

This item was referred to the Corporate and Community Services Standing Committee.

A.4 J. Wilson, MPP, Resolution re: Wpd wind turbine project

 

MPP Jim Wilson invited Council to attend the Ontario Legislature on April 21, when he plans to introduce a resolution to call on the Government of Ontario to halt the wpd wind turbine project.

A.7 S. McKever re: Concerns with rail car storage on BCRY rail track in Utopia

 

The Town’s Purchasing Officer updated Council on the agreement to store rail cars along the rail track in Utopia.

 

Mr. McKever addressed Council and shared his concerns with the rail car storage near his property.

 

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

DEVELOPMENT & OPERATIONS SERVICES STANDING COMMITTEE – MARCH 29, 2016

 

Council received the Development & Operations Services Standing Committee report.

 

Reports/Minutes of other Committees/Boards

Council endorsed the 2016 Heritage Grant Applications and approved the applications as presented. Council also voted to proceed with the Notice of Intent to Designate under Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act, in regard to the property located at 72 Third Street.

 

Proposed Affordable Housing Project Partnership

Council supported the County of Simcoe’s plans to construct new affordable housing units in Collingwood, and recommended that applicable Planning, Engineering, and development fees be waived.

 

Jurisdiction of the Ontario Municipal Board

Council received the report for information.

 

STRATEGIC INITIATIVES STANDING COMMITTEE – MARCH 31, 2016

 

Council received the Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee report.

 

CORPORATE AND COMMUNITY SERVICES STANDING COMMITTEE – APRIL 4, 2016

 

Council received the Corporate and Community Services Standing Committee report.

 

Strategic Multi-Year Accessibility Plan

Accessibility and Freedom of Information Coordinator Cindy Strong and Accessibility Committee Chair Margaret Adolphe provided an overview of the plan and accomplishments of the Committee in 2015.

 

Feeding of Wildlife

Council voted to enact the by-law which would aim to reduce intentional and unintentional feeding of specific wildlife within the community, which will help in limiting the likelihood of human conflicts with coyotes and other wildlife including feral cats.

 

Animal Control Officers will work with residents to try achieve voluntary compliance and ensure the new by-law is effectively communicated and promoted through the community.

 

Healthy Kids – Outdoor Charter

Council voted to endorse the Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter. The Charter was developed by governmental and non-governmental organizations, and encourages children to get outside, to explore nature and discover the enjoyment of outdoor activity by participating in recommended activities.

 

STAFF REPORTS

 

REVIEW OF WATER SERVICES INQUIRY

Council received the report for information.

 

SALE OF LAND – PORTION OF ONTARIO STREET ROAD ALLOWANCE

Council enacted and passed a by-law to authorize the sale of land on Ontario Street.

 

OTHER BUSINESS

 

Councillor Jeffery provided an update on the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital redevelopment process.

 

Council requested a staff report on review and update to the land sale by-law.

 

Council requested a staff report on the parking concerns at the public launch ramp at the end of Harbour Street and in particular provision for parking vehicles and boat trailers.

 

Director of Planning and Building Services Nancy Farrer provided an update to Council, as requested, regarding the former Admiral Collingwood development site with respect to final remediation requirements for the property.

 

IN-CAMERA – RISE & REPORT

 

Council authorized a letter be forwarded to various provincial ministries to request clarification and interpretation regarding conformity with provincial Growth Plan policy documents and in particular with primary settlement area’s satisfaction of complete community criteria.

UPCOMING COUNCIL & STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS

 

Meeting Type Date, time & location
Development, Operations & Environmental Services Standing Committee Monday, April 185:00 p.m.

3rd Floor Community Room, Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste. Marie Street

Council Monday, April 255:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario St.

Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee Monday, May 25:00 p.m.

3rd Floor Community Room, Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste. Marie Street

Council Monday, May 95:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario St.

 

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