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Port Stanley News RSS Feed  News Central Elgin Regular/Planning Meeting Of Council On Monday, October 28th, 2019

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by Doug Harvey

The Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin

Central Elgin Regular/Planning Meeting Of Council On Monday, October 28th, 2019

Roll Call - Councillor Roberts was absent.

Addendum

Moved by Councillor Row and Seconded by Councillor Fehr that Council approve the Addendum to the Agenda for Monday, October 28th, 2019 for the following item: By-law 2423 - Conservation Agreement - Ducks Unlimited Canada respecting the Port Stanley Lagoons and the environmental Committee. Carried.

Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and the General Nature Thereof - None disclosed.

Adoption of Minutes - No Minutes to adopt.

Delegation(s) - No Delegations.

Correspondence (Action)

1. 2019 Belmont Santa Claus Parade
Special Event Permit Application received for 2019 Belmont Santa Claus Parade.

A Motion by Deputy Mayor Marks and Seconded by Councillor Row that the Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin approve the special event permit for the 2019 Belmont Santa Claus Parade as set out in the application dated October 3rd subject to the following conditions:

  • that organizers provide liability insurance in the amount of $5,000,000 naming the County of Elgin and the Municipality of Central Elgin as co-insured and held harmless;
  • and the final schedule and location of the events be approved by the Director of Physical Services and approval be obtained from the County of Elgin regarding the temporary closure of Belmont Road on December 1st, 2019 for the parade.
  • and the completion and approval of a banner form.

Correspondence (for Council's Information)

A discussion followed concerning item 6 - County of Elgin - Email correspondence received from the County of Elgin respecting a Port Stanley Community Policing Committee request to develop a crossover and/or traffic calming policy that can be implemented in 2019.

Mr. Brooks commented that the criteria for a crosswalk will consider traffic counts over an eight hour period as well as the amount of traffic and the distance across the road. A typical crosswalk can cost $40,000.

A Motion by Deputy Mayor Marks and Councillor Row that Correspondence for Council's Information Items #1 - #8 be received as information and filed. Carried.

1. Child Care Program during Conferences
Correspondence received from Municipality of East Ferris seeking support for their resolution regarding a child care program during conferences.

2. County of Elgin
Copy of County Council Highlights from their meeting dated Tuesday, October 8th, 2019.

3. Provincial Policy Statement
Copy of correspondence received from the Township of West Elgin respecting the Provincial Policy Statement.

4. Conservation Authority Levies
Correspondence received from the Township of Springwater respecting Conservation Authority Levies.

5. Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
Correspondence received from Upper Thames River Conservation Authority respecting programming.

6. County of Elgin
Email correspondence received from the County of Elgin respecting Crosswalk and Traffic Calming Policy.

7. County of Elgin Land Division Committee
Notice of Decision received from County of Elgin Land Division Committee respecting E59/19, Ryder & Kipp.

8. County of Elgin
Correspondence received from Steve Evans, Manager of Planning, County of Elgin advising of Notice of Draft Approval - 34T-CE1901, Domus Developments.

Reports

Central Elgin Planning Office

1. CEP 62-19 Application to Amend Township of Yarmouth By-law 1998 - 145 St. George Street - Ben Vanmeppelen-Scheppink

A Motion by Deputy Mayor Marks and Councillor Fehr that Report CEP 62-19 be received as information; And that direction be given by Council to prepare a site-specific draft amendment to the Zoning By-law to permit the construction of two additions to the existing church at 145 St. George Street on lands that may be legally described as Registered Plan 28 Block H Part of Lot 2, Blocks; J & K Part of Lot 1 & Reference Plan 11R2263; Part 2 & Part of George Street Closed, geographic Township of Yarmouth, now Municipality of Central Elgin; And further that a date for a public meeting be scheduled for November 25th, 2019 at 7:20 p.m. in accordance with Ontario Regulation 545/06 as amended. Carried.

2. Bill 108 - Presentation by Planning Office

MORE HOMES, MORE CHOICE ACT 2019 (BILL 108)

More Homes, More Choice: Ontario's Housing Supply/Action Plan was introduced in May 2019. Plan provides an outline by the Province to tackle housing concerns in Ontario by encouraging the construction of more houses.

Concludes that it is a plan how the government intends to cut red tape and reduce regulations so it is easier to build homes.

Many of the Planning Act changes revert back to pre-Bill 139 changes made by the previous government.

Changes to Local Appeal Tribunal Act provide a similar system to the old OMB (de novo hearings).

Ontario Heritage Act changes could impact our Heritage Alteration Permit process.

Section 5 I(39) outlines who can appeal a decision on a Draft Plan of Subdivision. New changes through Section 51(48.3) introduces a definition of a "person" for the purposes of an appeal, but members of the public or associations are not included as bodies that are permitted to appeal plans of subdivision.

Inclusionary zoning was originally introduced to allow municipalities to require affordable housing units to be included in residential development of 10 units or more, subject to a municipality meeting key components of that program.

A key recommendation through the City/County affordable housing strategy was the introduction of inclusionary zoning. Bill 108 changed what matters a "prescribed" and "not prescribed" municipality is able to do through inclusionary zoning. (No municipalities are currently prescribed) “Prescribed” municipalities can authorize the inclusion of affordable housing units whereas municipalities that are “not prescribed" can only protect major transit station areas, or an area in respect of which a development permit system is adopted or established through a Minister’s Zoning Order through inclusionary zoning.

Bill 108 changed “Second Units" to “Additional Residential Units”. These changes now allow for the use of two residential units in a detached house, semidetached house or row house and the use of a residential unit in a building or structure ancillary to a detached house, semi-detached house or row house.

Ontario Regulation 299/19 provides the following requirements and standards for additional residential units in land use planning documents. - One parking space per unit unless a municipality chooses that no parking is required. Tandem parking is to be permitted. No restrictions on owner-occupancy. No restrictions on permitting additional dwelling units based on date of construction. The provision of no appeals regarding Additional Residential Units remains unchanged.

Bill 108 proposes to make changes to sections of the Planning Act that are commonly referred to as the “Bonusing” (Section 37) and “Parkland Dedication” (Section 42). Section 37 has been replaced with “Community Benefit Charges” and Section 42 has been revised in relation to those community benefit charges.

To date, these changes have not been proclaimed by the Lieutenant Governor.

Chief Administrative Officer

1. CAO 54-19 Fill Vacancy - Port Stanley BIA Board of Management

Background - BIA Board of Management member Mike Karda recently tendered his resignation from the Port Stanley BIA Board of Management as he was moving from the Village. In an effort to recruit to fill the vacancy, the BIA Board of Management openly invited through social media, interested parties to attend a monthly Board meeting to observe. This method proved beneficial as Carol Thompson, Keller Williams Lifestyles Realty, attended a couple of meetings and then indicated her desire to serve. The BIA Board Members were pleased that Ms. Thompson put forth her name and believe she will be a good asset to the Board. The BIA Board of Management respectfully recommend to Central Elgin Council her appointment to the Port Stanley BIA Board of Management.

A Motion by Deputy Mayor Marks and Councillor Fehr that The Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin approve the appointment of Caroline Thompson to fill the current vacancy on the Port Stanley BIA Board of Management effective immediately, as recommended by the Board as per Report CAO 54-19. Carried.

Director of Infrastructure & Community Services

1. ICS 11-19 McCredie Drain Improvements

Improvements to the existing closed section of McCredie Drain are necessary to accommodate the additional capacity required as an outlet for the Harvest Run Subdivision Storm Management Pond Facility. The drawing submitted by Doug Tarry’s engineer, CJDL, is attached to this report. The McCredie Drain outlets into the open Mills Drain. The proposed works has been screened by Catfish Creek Conservation Authority and there are no initial concerns.

A Motion by Councillor Cook and Deputy Mayor Marks that the Council of the Municipality of Central Elgin appoints Brad Bunke, P.Eng, of GM Blue Plan Engineering Limited to prepare a report under Section 78 of the Ontario Drainage Act to improve the McCredie Drain due to the urban development from Harvest Run Subdivision by Doug Tarry Limited as per Report ICS 11-19. Carried.

2. ICS 12-19 Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program

Background - The Minister of Infrastructure recently announced that the province is now accepting funding applications for projects under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (lC|P) Community, Culture and Recreation (CCR)Stream. The funding will go towards investing in community, culture and recreational projects that will help deliver vital services for communities, foster greater social inclusion and improve the quality of life for residents across the province.

The program is funded by $407 million from the federal government which could unlock up to $275 million by the province. Maximum contributions from the federal government on projects is 40% of costs, 33.33% by the province and 26.67% by the Municipality. There are two project eligibility types being; i) Multipurpose Category for large projects with a $50 million cap and ii) Rehabilitation & Renovation Category for small scale projects capped at $5 million. Projects must be completed by March 31, 2027.

Eastwood Park Upgrades - A design for Eastwood Park was completed in 2018 after public consultation from Eastwood residents. Proposed upgrades to the park include accessible walking trails, a shade structure, concrete planters, a multi—purpose court, pickle ball courts, new playground equipment, fitness stations, bike racks, trash receptacles and park benches. The estimated cost of the project is $650,000.

Belmont & Port Stanley Arena Upgrades - The Municipal arenas have numerous components to them that are in need of replacement or upsizing over the next several years. The application would include $450,000 for the Belmont arena including but not limited to new paint, man-lift upgrade, sound system, furnace, condenser, dehumidifiers, master controller, a new roof and a new ice resurfacer. Upgrades to the Port Stanley arena totalling $100,000 are dehumidifier, furnaces, exterior paint and new LED lights over the ice surface. As of the writing of this report, direction has been provided by the regional representative that the two arenas can be combined into one application.

A Motion by Councillor Crevits and Councillor Cook that the Council of the Municipality accept report ICS-12-19 as information. And that Council direct staff to send an application to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program's Community, Culture and Recreation Stream for Eastwood Park Upgrades, Belmont and Port Stanley Arena Upgrades as per said Report. And further that Council identify it's first priority as Eastwood Park Upgrades and the second priority as Belmont & Port Stanley Arena Upgrades for the application. Carried

Director of Financial Services/Treasurer

Director of Fire Rescue Services/Fire Chief

1. FS 13-19 Monthly Alarm Activities Report (September/19)

A Motion Moved by Councillor Row and Seconded by Councillor Crevits that Report FS 13-19 September Alarm Activities Report be received as information. Carried.

Director of Asset Management & Development Services

By-laws

A Motion moved by Deputy Mayor Marks and seconded by Councillor Fehr that By-laws 2415, 2419, 2420 and 2421 be taken collectively. Carried. By-laws 2415, 2419, 2420 and 2421 were read 1st and 2nd time. Carried. A Motion moved by Councillor Fehr and seconded by Deputy Mayor Marks that By-laws 2419, 2420 and 2421 be read a 3rd time and finally passed. Carried. A Motion moved by Councillor Crevits and seconded by Councillor Fehr that By-law 2423 be read a 1st and 2nd time. Carried. A Motion moved by Deputy Mayor Marks and seconded by Councillor Crevits that By-law 2423 be read a 3rd time and finally passed. Carried.

1. By-law 2415 - 480 Sunset Drive Drain- FIRST & SECOND READING

2. By-law 2419 - Heads & Beds - St. Joseph's Health Care - St. Thomas Facility

3. By-law 2420 - Confirmatory By-law

4. By-law 2421 - ZBA, 496 Spring Street

Public Notice

Resolutions

1. Climate Emergency - a resolution will be prepared for Council's consideration

Deputy Mayor Marks commented whether supporting this Resolution would add to staff's workload or to the cost of doing business. Mr. Leitch commented that he thought that measuring the impact of additional costs would have to be done on a case by case basis.

Moved by Councillor Fehr and seconded by Deputy Mayor Marks that the Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin officially declare a Climate Emergency for the purposes of joining a National and International movement and to provide a lens by which all policies and opportunities can be review; And that staff Environmental Advisory Committee be directed to find and identify target areas in Municipal policies in which specific changes can have the greatest impact to reduce our carbon footprint and therefore our impact on climate change. Carried

2. Environmental Committee - applicants - a resolution will be prepared for Council's consideration

Moved by Councillor Row and seconded by Deputy Mayor Marks whereas Council recognizes the formation of the Environmental Committee and the terms of reference at the meeting of September 9th; whereas Council directed staff to seek 2 members of the public to participate in the committee; Now therefore be it resolved that the following persons are Mayor Martyn, Councillor Row, and members of Municipal staff be appointed to Environmental Committee of Central Elgin; Julie Berry and Dionne Roi as members of the public, Emile Fabre from Catfish Conservation Authority, Betsy McClure from Kettle Creek Conservation Authority, and Jessica Lang from Southwest Health be appointed. Carried.

New Business

Closed Session - Council went into Closed Session at 9:25 P.M.

1. CS1 Labour Relations or Employee Negotiations (s.239(2)(d)) - Recruitment - Fire Services Coordinator

2. CS2 Personal Matters about an Identifiable Individual (s.239(2)(b)) - Appointment to Harbour Steering Committee

Adjournment


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